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Journal experiences, thoughts, feelings, and actions in relation to the abstinence process and chronicle it in a paper for submission


A 1500+ word paper detailing individual experience of giving up something of value to the student for 1 weekend. The student will select some substance, food, behavior, or habit and remain abstinent from it for 72 hours. Journal experiences, thoughts, feelings, and actions in relation to the abstinence process and chronicle it in a paper for submission. (EXPERIENTIAL PAPER #1 due by Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, at 11.59pm)


30 points each / rubric posted in the Assignments folder:

10 points for organization, 10 points for creativity/insights, 5 points for grammar/syntax, 5 points for applying course concpets by citing relevant readings

Late submissions (if pre-arranged) are subject to a reduction of 5 grade points per day


APA format style

Separate title page

12 point font

Numbered pages

1″ margins

Due Date
Sep 6, 2015 11:59 PM
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Rubric Name: Experiential Paper Evaluation Rubric

Criteria Level 3 Level 2 Level 1
Organization 10 points

Distinguished—You have clearly put extensive thought into how you have arranged and developed the layers of thought presented in your essay so that your reader is able to unpeel your insights, little by little.

8.5 points

Proficient—Your essay is reasonably well-organized, but there is not an elegance to how you structure your ideas and thus there is less impact for the reader.

7 points

Needs Improvement—You have not done a careful job setting up your argument and its supporting ideas; your essay feels rushed and disordered.

Creativity/Insight 10 points

Distinguished—You demonstrate a solid capacity to integrate ideas from your observations/experiences with the course readings/discussions so as to create provocative and thoughtful assertions/insights.

8.5 points

Proficient—Your essay demonstrates several interesting insights and connections that tie together the course readings/discussions with your observations in intriguing ways.

7 points

Needs Improvement—You provide one or two interesting insights but generally do not do enough to interpret your experiences in insightful ways.

Grammar/Syntax 5 points

Distinguished—Your paper is very well-proofread, and your writing demonstrates a maturity with regard to your diction and syntax.

4.25 points

Proficient—Your paper has only a few errors in grammar and/or syntax. The writing is straightforward and solid but not especially elegant or refined.

3.75 points

Needs Improvement—Your paper has several errors in grammar and/or syntax. It does not seem to have been especially well-proofread.

Use of Readings/Proper Referencing 5 points

Distinguished—You use a range of  readings/references and consistently and properly reference them.

4.25 points

Proficient—Your essay incorporates readings/references, but either it uses too many direct quotes—instead of paraphrases—and/or does not consistently and properly cite these references.

3.5 points

Needs Improvement—You do not use a sufficient number of readings/references to make your argument and/or you do not properly cite any references that you do use.

Overall Score Level 3

11 or more

Level 2

7 or more

Level 1

0 or more

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