EnvironmentalScience 1

SCI 219 Module One Journal Guidelines and Rubric Overview: This journal activity is private between you and the instructor. Review this tutorial for information on creating a Blackboard journal entry. Prompt: For this journal assignment, you will consider a local environmental issue that interests you and affects you personally. You will also review the Final Project Guidelines and Rubric document. This exercise is the first step to completing the final project and will also aid in your research and writing skills. Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:

 Select a pressing local environmental issue that has personal relevance. You may find ideas from the textbook, from mainstream media, or from the list provided. Once you choose a large-scale issue, think about how the issue impacts you personally. For example, you may be interested in water quality (the larger issue). You could then consider how water quality impacts you in your daily activities such as drinking water that is contaminated with pharmaceuticals or agricultural waste (personal impact).

 Compose a brief (1- to 2-paragraph) introduction to your topic by stating why it is a pressing issue. Be sure to support your statements with facts and details from credible sources.

 

 State how the issue impacts you personally (1 paragraph) and include a summary of at least one local or regional problem associated with this issue (1 paragraph).

 

Rubric Guidelines for Submission: Your 3- to 4-paragraph journal entry should be written in 12-point Times New Roman font. Use at least two credible sources to complete the assignment. You may use the textbook as one of the sources. Both in-text and reference citations must be in APA format. Instructor Feedback: This activity uses an integrated rubric in Blackboard. Students can view instructor feedback in the Grade Center. For more information, review these instructions.

Critical Elements Exemplary (100%) Proficient (85%) Needs Improvement (55%) Not Evident (0%) Value Environmental

Issue Meets “Proficient” criteria and provides exceptional detail in the selection of a pressing environmental issue that has personal relevance

Selects a pressing environmental issue that has personal relevance

Selects a pressing environmental issue but selection lacks personal relevance or is unclear or missing specific details

Does not select a pressing environmental issue that has personal relevance

30

 

 

Introduction Meets “Proficient” criteria and

provides exceptional detail in the composing a brief introduction to topic by stating why it is a pressing issue, supporting with credible sources

Composes a brief introduction to topic by stating why it is a pressing issue and supports with credible sources

Composes a brief introduction to topic by stating why it is a pressing issue but does not support with credible sources or composition is missing specific details

Does not compose a brief introduction to topic by stating why it is a pressing issue

30

Impact Meets “Proficient” criteria and provides exceptional detail in stating personal impact, including summary of local or regional issue

States how the issue has personal impact and includes summary of local or regional issue

States how the issue has personal impact but does not give a summary of local or regional issue or statement is missing specific details

Does not state how the issue has personal impact or include summary of local or regional issue

30

Articulation of Response

Journal entry is free of errors in organization and grammar

Journal entry is mostly free of errors of organization and grammar; errors are marginal and rarely interrupt the flow

Journal entry contains errors of organization and grammar but errors are limited enough so that entry can be understood

Journal entry contains errors of organization and grammar, making the entry difficult to understand

10

Total 100%

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