Current Connections Assessment

Write a blog post that synthesizes the week’s assigned reading with your selection of a recently published (within the past two years) newspaper or magazine article. (Approximately 750 words not including the citation of the news article).


Using the following rubric, the assessment of your Current Connections discussion and essay will be based on your demonstrated understanding of the week’s assigned reading and your synthesis of this reading with a recently published (within the past two years) newspaper or magazine article you selected.

Please consult the Current Connections assignment for specific elements to address in your Current Connections BlogPost


Current Connections Assessment Rubric

Exceeding | In responding to the Current Connections assignment prompt, the writer demonstrates a rigorous and in-depth understanding of content and purpose through their presentation and the development and support of their essay. Appropriate organization and style is evident. [5 grade points]

Meeting | In responding to the Current Connections assignment prompt, the writer demonstrates a thoughtful understanding of content and purpose through their presentation and the development and support of their essay. Appropriate organization and style is evident. [3 grade points]

Approaching | In responding to the Current Connections assignment prompt, the writer demonstrates an awareness of content and purpose through their presentation and their effort to develop and support their essay. Appropriate organization and style is evident. [1 grade point]

Needing Improvement | In responding to the Current Connections assignment prompt, the writer demonstrates minimal or no attention to content and purpose. Presentation and essay may be unsuitable, and/or the writer may not develop or support an argument. Appropriate organization and style might not be evident. [0 grade point]