1. As you introduce the paper, provide an overview of the chosen issue/problem by explaining your personal experience or providing a recap of the issue citing the news article (about 100-150 words)
    2. Compare and contrast how each of the 2 chosen theories apply to the issue/problem by using information from the textbook to apply the theories to your experience/article (about 250-350 words)
    3. As you conclude the paper, choose which theory tends to provide the best viewpoint for proposing potential answers for solving the issue/problem and explain how looking at the issue from this perspective works best. (about 150-250 words)

Be sure to paraphrase in your own words and cite the textbook and any other materials that help you form your thoughts. Use at least 3 to 4 in-text citations of the textbook in APA format with your paraphrases of the information.

Rubric

Grand Theories Paper Rubric

Grand Theories Paper Rubric

CriteriaRatingsPts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeQuestion 1

5.0 pts

Distinguished

Overview and significance of the topic are thoroughly explained. Introduction to the topic and theories is summarized and provides strong context for the rest of the paper.

3.0 pts

Proficient

Overview discusses the topic but does not reference anything specific to explain the significance as it relates to theory. Introduction to the topic and theories is summarized and provides some context for the rest of the paper.

1.0 pts

Developing

Overview does not fully introduce the topic or theories that are covered in the paper.

0.0 pts

Unsatisfactory

Question is not addressed or answered appropriately.

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeQuestion 2

10.0 pts

Distinguished

Application of the theories is well developed and complete. Compares and contrasts the adequate number of theories and applies each thoroughly to the topic.

7.0 pts

Proficient

Application of the theories is developed but does not completely compare/contrast and connect to the topic. May lack the number of required theories.

5.0 pts

Developing

Does not fully address the application of theories.

0.0 pts

Unsatisfactory

Question is not addressed or answered appropriately.

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeQuestion 3

5.0 pts

Distinguished

Question is clearly and thoroughly answered, providing examples and connections to the theories.

3.0 pts

Proficient

Question is answered but not fully and thoroughly connected to examples and theories.

1.0 pts

Developing

Does not fully address the question.

0.0 pts

Unsatisfactory

Question is not addressed or answered appropriately.

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWriting/Formatting

5.0 pts

Distinguished

Writing is clear, concise and easy to comprehend. No direct quotes are used. Paraphrasing is used appropriately. APA Formatting, in-text citations and references are correctly aligned to APA with no errors. No grammar, spelling or punctuation errors. Meets word count requirement.

3.0 pts

Proficient

Writing has a few errors that diminish the writing, but does not minimize the clarity of the topic. APA Formatting, In-Text Citations and References have 1-2 errors. 1-2 grammar, spelling or punctuation errors.

1.0 pts

Developing

Writing has many errors that minimize the clarity of the topic. APA Formatting, In-Text Citations and References have 3 or more errors. 3 or more grammar, spelling or punctuation errors.

0.0 pts

Unsatisfactory

Writing is difficult to comprehend due to the lack of clarity. APA Formatting, In-Text Citations and References have 3 or more errors. 3 or more grammar, spelling or punctuation errors.

5.0 pts

Total Points: 25.0

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