Assignment 1

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ASSIGNMENT 1
REVIEWING RESEARCH AND
MAKING CONNECTIONS
Due Week 4: 110 points
For your first assignment, you will complete a short answer
activity in which you will analyze the article following the Ask,
Research, Learn, Do process. This process was introduced in your
webtext as a simplified version of the sociological research
process. It’s a useful tool to help you think critically, answer
questions, and solve problems.
REVIEW THE RESEARCH
Review the Article
“Most Americans think the government could be
monitoring their phone calls and emails”
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/09/27/mostamericans-think-the-government-could-be-monitoringtheir-phone-calls-and-emails/
USE THE RESEARCH
Use the research information presented in the article to answer the
questions below. You should write four paragraphs, one for each
step listed in bold. Use the Assignment 1 template to complete this
assignment. Refer to Chapter 2 of the webtext as necessary.
1) Ask:
• What was the topic of the research?
• Who was studied in the research?
• What was the research question that was
answered by the information in the article?
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2) Research:
• What research methods were used?
• Summarize the process researchers used to
collect data.
3) Learn:
• What were the key findings of the research?
• What conclusion was drawn from the
research?
4) Do:
• What are two additional follow-up questions
that you have based on this research?
• Why did you choose these follow up
questions?
FORMATTING
5) Your assignment must follow these formatting
requirements:
• Use the Assignment 1 template to complete
this assignment.
• References are not required for this
assignment as you will use the assigned
article and your webtext.
• Be sure to include your name and the date
on the cover page of the template.
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RUBRIC
Grading for this assignment will be based on the following rubric:
POINTS: 110 ASSIGNMENT 1: REVIEWING RESEARCH AND MAKING CONNECTIONS
Criteria Exemplary
100% – A
Proficient
85% – B
Fair
75% – C
Meets Minimum
Expectations
65% – D
Unacceptable
0% – F
1. Ask
Identify the research topic, the
people studied,
and the research
question.
Weight: 22%
Identifies the research topic, the
people studied,
and the research
question. The
information provided is accurate,
provides relevant details, and
demonstrates
understanding by
using sociology
terms. There
are no errors or
omissions.
Identifies the research topic, the
people studied,
and the research
question. The
information provided is accurate
and provides
relevant details.
There may be
small errors or
omissions.
Partially identifies the research
topic, the people
studied, and the
research question. The information provided is
generally accurate, but some
relevant details
are missing or
one question is
answered incorrectly.
Insufficiently
identifies the research topic, the
people studied,
and the research
question. The
information provided is mostly
inaccurate and/
or two or more
questions are
answered incorrectly.
Does not identify
the research
topic, the people
studied, or the
research question. The information provided
is incorrect.
2. Research
Identify the research methods
and summarize
the research
process.
Weight: 22%
Correctly identifies the research
method(s) used
and summarizes the process
researchers used
to collect data.
Provides a detailed description
of the complete
research process.
Correctly identifies the research
method(s) used
and generally
summarizes
the process
researchers used
to collect data.
Provides a
general
description of
the research
process.
Correctly identifies the research
method(s) used
and summarizes
the key steps of
the process researchers used to
collect data. Provides a high-level
description of the
research process,
but does not
include sufficient
details.
Insufficiently identifies
the research
method(s) used
and does not
provide a complete summary
of the process
researchers used
to collect data.
The description
of the research
process is missing key steps.
Does not identify
the research
method(s) used
and does not
summarize the
process researchers used
to collect data.
The information
provided is incorrect.
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POINTS: 110 ASSIGNMENT 1: REVIEWING RESEARCH AND MAKING CONNECTIONS
Criteria Exemplary
100% – A
Proficient
85% – B
Fair
75% – C
Meets Minimum
Expectations
65% – D
Unacceptable
0% – F
3. Learn
Describe the key
findings of the
researchers and
the conclusion
drawn from the
research.
Weight: 22%
Accurately
describes key
findings and
conclusion and
includes supporting details.
Demonstrates
strong understanding by
using sociology terms and
providing logical,
accurate, and
concise information.
Accurately
describes key
findings and
conclusion and
includes supporting details.
Partially describes key
findings and
conclusion but
some of the supporting details
are missing.
Inaccurately
describes key
findings or conclusion and supporting details
are sparse.
Does not describe the key
findings and/or
conclusion and
does not provide supporting
details.
4. Do
Propose 2 follow-up
questions and
an explanation.
Weight: 22%
Proposes 2 follow-up
questions that
are aligned with
the key findings
of the research,
and provides a
logical
explanation that
includes
supporting
details. Demonstrates strong
understanding
by using sociology terms.
Proposes 2 follow-up
question that
are aligned
with the key
findings of the
research, and
provides a logical explanation
that includes
some details.
Proposes 2 follow-up
questions that
are not fully
aligned with the
key findings of
the research,
or the explanation is missing
details.
Proposes 1 to 2
follow-up
questions that
are not fully
aligned with the
key findings of
the research,
or the explanation is missing
details.
Does not propose 2 follow-up
questions or
does not align
with key
research
findings and
does not provide
details.
5. Write in a
skillful manner
using stated
formatting and
correct grammar and spelling.
Weight: 12%
Writing is excellent. Tone is
appropriate and
demonstrates
excellent word
choice. Shows
exceptional
logic, clarity, and
stated formatting. Contains no
spelling or grammatical errors.
Writing is proficient. Tone is appropriate. Shows
logic, clarity,
and stated
formatting. May
contain few or
no spelling and/
or grammatical
errors.
Writing is satisfactory. Appropriate and/or
consistent tone
is developing.
Shows moderate logic, clarity,
and/or stated
formatting.
May contain
more than a few
spelling and/
or grammatical
errors.
Writing meets
minimal standards. Tone is
not appropriate. Lacking
one or more
of logic, clarity,
and/or stated
formatting. May
contain many
spelling and/
or grammatical
errors.
Writing does not
meet minimal
standards. Tone
is not appropriate. Wholly
lacking in logic,
clarity, and/or
stated formatting. Contains
many spelling
and/or grammatical errors.