Posted: January 29th, 2016
Choose a country that you have not lived in, nor spent more than a week in. Find at least three book sources and at least seven sources in all and begin reading about the culture of this country. You may choose a specific ethnic group in the country or discuss the country as a whole. Research what a person would need to know in order to visit your country successfully. In your search, look for topics such as family, status of children, role of women, role of the aged, customs, taboos, superstitions, values, language, body language, gestures, prejudices, foods, clothing, work ethic, death and mourning rituals, marriage rituals, education, religion, traditions, holidays, and ways of celebrating. Also look for important events in history or politics that have shaped the culture. Identify places that are a “must-see” for visitors to the country. This paper, when completed, will be a guide for the visitor to the country. It should be 1,250-1,500 words in length and may include maps, pictures, and drawings. Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the GCU APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required. This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment. You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.
Research Project 1 Unsatisfactory 0.00% 2 Less than Satisfactory 65.00% 3 Satisfactory 75.00% 4 Good 85.00% 5 Excellent 100.00% 70.0 %Content 35.0 % Identify Multiple Cultural Aspects that a Visitor Would Need to Know if They Are Visiting the Country Does not identify multiple cultural elements that a visitor would need to know if they were visiting the country. Vaguely identifies any cultural elements that a visitor would need to know if they were visiting the country. Identifies multiple cultural elements that a visitor would need to know if they were visiting the country. Clearly identifies multiple cultural elements that a visitor would need to know if they were visiting the country. Thoroughly identifies and clearly explains multiple cultural elements that a visitor would need to know if they were visiting the country. 35.0 % Identify Places that are a must-see for Visitors Does not identify places that are a must-see for visitors. Vaguely identifies places that are a must-see for visitors Identifies places that are a must-see for visitors. Clearly identifies places that are a must-see for visitors. Thoroughly identifies specific places that are presented as an appealing must-see for visitors. 20.0 %Organization and Effectiveness 7.0 % Thesis Development and Purpose Paper lacks any discernible overall purpose or organizing claim. Thesis and/or main claim are insufficiently developed and/or vague; purpose is not clear. Thesis and/or main claim are apparent and appropriate to purpose. Thesis and/or main claim are clear and forecast the development of the paper. It is descriptive and reflective of the arguments and appropriate to the purpose. Thesis and/or main claim are comprehensive. The essence of the paper is contained within the thesis. Thesis statement makes the purpose of the paper clear. 8.0 % Argument Logic and Construction Statement of purpose is not justified by the conclusion. The conclusion does not support the claim made. Argument is incoherent and uses non-credible sources. Sufficient justification of claims is lacking. Argument lacks consistent unity. There are obvious flaws in the logic. Some sources have questionable credibility. Argument is orderly, but may have a few inconsistencies. The argument presents minimal justification of claims. Argument logically, but not thoroughly, supports the purpose. Sources used are credible. Introduction and conclusion bracket the thesis. Argument shows logical progression. Techniques of argumentation are evident. There is a smooth progression of claims from introduction to conclusion. Most sources are authoritative. Clear and convincing argument presents a persuasive claim in a distinctive and compelling manner. All sources are authoritative. 5.0 % Mechanics of Writing (includes spelling, punctuation, grammar, language use) Surface errors are pervasive enough that they impede communication of meaning. Inappropriate word choice and/or sentence construction are used. Frequent and repetitive mechanical errors distract the reader. Inconsistencies in language choice (register), sentence structure, and/or word choice are present. Some mechanical errors or typos are present, but are not overly distracting to the reader. Correct sentence structure and audience-appropriate language are used. Prose is largely free of mechanical errors, although a few may be present. A variety of sentence structures and effective figures of speech are used. Writer is clearly in command of standard, written, academic English. 10.0 %Format 5.0 % Paper Format (Use of appropriate style for the major and assignment) Template is not used appropriately, or documentation format is rarely followed correctly. Appropriate template is used, but some elements are missing or mistaken. A lack of control with formatting is apparent. Appropriate template is used. Formatting is correct, although some minor errors may be present. Appropriate template is fully used. There are virtually no errors in formatting style. All format elements are correct. 5.0 % Research Citations (In-text citations for paraphrasing and direct quotes, and reference page listing and formatting, as appropriate to assignment and style, and meeting assignment requirements.) No reference page is included. No book or other sources are referenced. Reference page is present. Citations are inconsistently used, but direct quotes are present. Does not meet the required number of books (3) and/or other sources (7) as specified in the assignment. Reference page is included and lists sources used in the paper. Sources are appropriately documented, although some errors may be present. Meets the required number of books (3) and other sources (7) as specified in the assignment. Reference page is present and fully inclusive of all cited sources. Documentation is appropriate and citation style is usually correct. Exceeds the number of books (3) or other sources (7) as specified in the assignment. In-text citations and a reference page are complete and correct. The documentation of cited sources is free of error. Exceeds the number of books (3) and other sources (7) as specified in the assignment.
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