5 pages writing 1

On the first day of class you were asked to submit your responses to the following questions:

Question 1: If you were to ask someone else, “Who are you, really?” what kinds of things would you be hoping to hear as an authentic response?

Question 2: What factors should a person consider when making an important ethical decision? What ethical principles are involved?

For this Final Paper (5 pages minimum, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, Times New Roman 12-point font):

Write an essay in which you name and accurately describe at least six ideas from the course that you found significant, three for understanding human identity and three for understanding ethics. Describe each concept, and explain how it helps to highlight important aspects of human identity or ethics, and how it reflects, deepens, or changes your responses to the first-day questions.

Be sure that the introduction of your paper indicates the paper’s topic, and that the body of your paper presents logically constructed arguments to support the points you are making. No research is required or expected on this assignment, but a thoughtful review of course materials and notes is necessary. Use of outside materials in your paper, if any, must use proper citation. (See the Catalog statement on “Plagiarism” in “Class Policies” below.) Due before midnight Wednesday, May 6; submit on Canvas.

Rubric

PL 104 Final Paper Rubric

PL 104 Final Paper Rubric

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCompletion on time

10.0 pts

BASIC/PROFICIENT/EXCELLENT

Completed on time.

6.0 pts

MINIMAL: 6-9

Not sufficiently completed and/or not completed on time.

0.0 pts

INSUFFICIENT

Not completed or unacceptable work for the respective component

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMechanics: clarity, grammar, attention to Style Sheet as appropriate etc.

10.0 pts

EXCELLENT: 9-10

Written with exceptional clarity and argumentation, persuasive style that describes well the observations about the course materials/ experience.

8.0 pts

PROFICIENT: 8

Organized, clear, and succinct. No grammar, syntax or spelling errors. Paper shows both distinctions and the relationships among its various parts/sections.

7.0 pts

BASIC: 7

Follows Style Sheet guidelines. Meets but does not exceed length requirement. Well organized. Generally free of grammar, syntax or spelling errors. Parts of paper are clearly delineated.

6.0 pts

MINIMAL: 6

Fails to follow Style Sheet guidelines. Disorganized, unclear, substantial grammar, syntax and spelling errors. Parts of paper not clearly delineated.

0.0 pts

INSUFFICIENT

Not completed or unacceptable work for the respective component

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContent: IdentityMinimum two ideas significant for personal identity (30 pts)

30.0 pts

EXCELLENT: 28-30

Discusses three or more concepts regarding identity with analytical and philosophical nuance

26.0 pts

PROFICIENT: 25-27

Describes accurately three ideas relating to identity, and includes useful examples/key thinkers

23.0 pts

BASIC: 21-24

Describes somewhat accurately two ideas relating to identity

19.0 pts

MINIMAL: 18-20

Names but does not accurately describe two ideas relating to identity

0.0 pts

INSUFFICIENT

Not completed or unacceptable work for the respective component

30.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContent: EthicsMinimum two ideas significant for ethics (30 pts)

30.0 pts

EXCELLENT: 28-30

Discusses three or more ethical concepts with analytical and philosophical nuance

26.0 pts

PROFICIENT: 25-27

Describes accurately three ideas relating to ethics, and includes useful examples/key thinkers

23.0 pts

BASIC: 21-24

Describes somewhat accurately two ideas relating to ethics

19.0 pts

MINIMAL: 18-20

Names but does not accurately describe two ideas relating to ethics

0.0 pts

INSUFFICIENT

Not completed or unacceptable work for the respective component

30.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContent: First-Day QuestionsReflection on initial responses to the first-day questions (20 pts)

20.0 pts

EXCELLENT: 19-20

Demonstrates thoughtful analysis and makes nuanced philosophical connections between course content and evaluation of first-day question responses.

17.0 pts

PROFICIENT: 17-18

Gives clear evidence of having reflected on course material and on the first-day question responses; clear connection between course content and evaluation of first-day question responses.

15.0 pts

BASIC: 14-16

Gives some evidence of having reflected on course material and on the first-day question responses; slight or only implicit connection between course content and evaluation of first-day question responses

12.0 pts

MINIMAL: 12-13

Gives little evidence of having reflected on course material and on the first-day question responses; no connection between course content and evaluation of first-day question responses.

0.0 pts

INSUFFICIENT

Not completed or unacceptable work for the respective component

20.0 pts

Total Points: 100.0