SCS 200 Week 6 Short Response Guidelines and Rubric
Overview: The short response activities in the webtext throughout this course are designed to show your understanding of key concepts as you engage with course content.
Prompt: During the sixth week of the course, you will respond to several questions in the webtext as you complete each assigned learning block. At the end of Week 6, you will review your answers to these questions and ensure that you have responded to each question. It is important that you answer each question. Otherwise, the words no response will appear in brackets when you submit the assignment. The questions and their original locations in the webtext are listed in the table below in case you want to refer back to the reading as you edit, but you can edit your responses to all the questions directly in Theme: Tailoring the Message to an Audience, learning block 6-4 (page 4), before exporting to Word for submission to your instructor in the learning environment.
Question 1 Describe the narrative path that you plan to take. For example, do you plan to start by describing the social science issue and ultimately lead the audience to the logic as to why they should care? Do you plan to open with your research question? Do you plan to use an overarching analogy? Do you think the narrative of your presentation will work best as a single story or as a series of examples? As you continue working on Project Two, you may choose to structure your presentation differently. You can always edit this response later!
Theme: Tailoring the Message to an Audience, learning block 6-2 (page 4)
Question 2 In your opinion, was this TED Talk engaging? Did you want to keep listening? Why or why not? Make special notes of any times you felt loss or confused while viewing the presentation or trying to follow along with any technical concepts Ornish used to explain his work.
Theme: Tailoring the Message to an Audience, learning block 6-4 (page 2)
Question 3 After listening to the talk, do you feel personally connected to the issue? Why or why not? If you were on a committee of people determining whether to approve funding for Ornish’s work, would you agree to provide him more funding? Why or why not?
Question 4 Now think about your own presentation. Of course, you are not finished constructing the presentation; however, consider what you have done so far. At this stage you have finished two slides, the narrative structure and elements, the description of the social science issue, and an appeal to the audience as to why they should care. Provide yourself some honest feedback. What areas of your presentation need the most work? How do you plan to adjust your presentation so that you communicate your research effectively?
Rubric Guidelines for Submission: Each short response should be about 2 to 3 sentences in length unless specifically noted otherwise in the instructions. Follow the instructions at the bottom of Theme: Tailoring the Message to an Audience, learning block 6-4 (page 4), to download your work and submit it to your instructor as a single Microsoft Word document uploaded in the learning environment. Refer to the Submitting Webtext Assignments Guide for assistance on downloading, saving, and submitting this assignment.
Critical Elements Proficient (100%) Needs Improvement (85%) Not Evident (0%) Value
Engagement and Relevance
Written responses directly and comprehensively address short answer prompts, drawing from presented course concepts and terminology
Written responses are topically related to short answer prompts, but responses do not consistently draw from presented course concepts and terminology
Written responses do not address topics identified in short answer prompts
Critical Thinking Written responses demonstrate understanding of course content through inclusion of original ideas and examples
Written responses demonstrate understanding of course content through reiteration of provided materials but do not consistently include original ideas and examples
Written responses do not reflect original ideas and examples
Articulation of Response Written responses are captured in complete sentences without errors impacting legibility and the clarity of response
Written responses are captured in incomplete sentences or include numerous errors that negatively impact legibility and the clarity of response
No written responses are captured in complete sentences