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Essay 4 Media Literacy Essay

Essay 4 Media Literacy Essay Media Literacy Essay   Peer Review Draft Due: Wed., April 13 (Due in class. Please bring two copies for peer review.) Final Draft Due: Sun., April 17 (Due on Blackboard)   Length: 5-7 pages, plus an MLA Works Cited page   Signature Assignment: If you are in a CWID class this semester or took a CWID class last semester, this is your signature assignment for this course.   Assignment: Write an analysis of the evolution and presentation of a new story over time and around the globe.  You may either track one story as it was reported around the globe within the same 24-hour period, or you may track the way a story evolved over the course of approximately a week.  Use online news resources to track and evaluate how a fairly current story has been reported by five different media outlets, at least one of which is from outside the United States.  Your thesis should assert a claim about the quality and consistency or inconsistency of the coverage.  You should use the criteria for good journalism discussed in class, as well as the methods for evaluation presented in the Deconstruction Guide handout and the MAVIN source evaluation handout (all are available in the Course Documents section of Blackboard).     Source Requirement:

  • You must use at least five articles/stories covering the same story as it evolves over a week or as it is presented within the first 24 hours of the event’s occurrence. All of the articles must have been published in the last 12 months.
 
  • At least one of your articles must be from a source outside the U.S., written in English. (To find English language newspapers from around the globe, go to Arts and Letters Daily (aldaily.com) and click on Newspapers on the upper lefthand column, or go to Today’s Front Page at the Newseum (www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages)
 
  • One of the five texts you evaluate may be a television news broadcast or a radio news broadcast.
 
  • One of the five texts you evaluate may be an opinion piece/commentary. Focus your analysis for this type of article primarily on how the opinion piece presents facts within the context of expressing an opinion or making an argument.
 
  • The articles must be written in English and readily accessible via either the Internet or a library database.
ENGL 102 Paper #4 Evaluation Sheet   90-100 (A):
  • author’s discussion is sophisticated, carefully detailed, and well organized
  • thorough thesis carefully reflects the assignment
  • inclusive topic sentences and cohesive body paragraphs
  • minimal sentence, grammatical, or syntax errors
  • sources are incorporated in a sophisticated way to strengthen the author’s argument
  • sources are cited correctly within the paper
  • Works Cited page is done correctly
  80-89 (B):
  • author’s discussion is clear and detailed
  • adequate thesis reflects the assignment
  • generally sound body paragraphs and focused topic sentences
  • some sentence, grammatical, or syntax errors
  • sources are incorporated correctly for the most part and are used to strengthen the author’s argument
  • sources are cited with a few errors
  • Works Cited page has a few errors but is overall in the correct format
  70-70 (C):
  • author’s discussion is sometimes unclear
  • thesis is misplaced or only minimally reflects the assignment
  • topic sentences are too general and support is sometimes nearly off topic
  • sources are not incorporated in a way that strengthens the author’s argument
  • repetitive sentence, grammatical, or syntax errors
  • sources are cited in the paper but incorrectly
  • Works Cited page has many errors and the writer needs to spend some time with MLA
  69 or below (F):
  • essay is not the minimum page length
  • author’s discussion is unclear or there is not a discussion
  • thesis is not evident or does not reflect the assignment
  • topic sentences are too general and support is often off topic
  • repetitive sentence, grammatical, or syntax errors
  • sources are not used at all
  • the sources are not cited at all or are cited with so many errors that it is hard to figure out where the information came from
  • no Works Cited page or the writer has made minimal effort in doing a Works Cited page to go along with the essay
  • extensive problems with basic writing conventions
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