Current Connections Assessment

Essay & Discussion Procedures

Write a brief expository essay to synthesize the week’s assigned reading with your selection of a recently published (within the past two years) newspaper or magazine article. (Approximately 500-750 words not including the citation of the news article).

  1. Based on in-class learning experiences and engagement with the reading assigned for the week, research and identify a related article published in a credible news source within the past two years. To do this, please query the databases listed below.
  2. During the designated class period, each LC member will have approximately five (~5) minutes to:
    • Discuss their current event article, and
    • Explain the relationship of the article to the assigned reading, and
    • Encourage a brief discussion.
  3. Following class discussion of the recently published articles, each LC member writes a brief essay synthesizing this week’s assigned reading with the recently published (within the past two years) newspaper or magazine article that they selected.
  4. (Approximately 500-750 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 this reading with the recently published (within the past two years) newspaper or magazine article you selected.

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 points]

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