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Mini-Paper Instructions   Mini-Papers are single page reflections on a question or exercise

Law

Mini-Paper

Instructions

 

Mini-Papers are single page reflections on a question or exercise.  The paper is an opportunity for the student to demonstrate their comprehension of the course material and to apply it to the situation presented.  The paper is also an opportunity for the student to demonstrate composition skills.  Feedback will be provided for both content and composition.

Format: One full page, headed with the student's name. Narrative must be double spaced, with 1 inch margins, written in #12 font. References from the reading materials must be cited in the narrative (page number). For some Mini-papers, outside sources will be required; to be cited in APA format on a separate page.

Your assignment is to answer the following questions:

Why do you believe a mission statement is important for a law enforcement organization?

What is the mission statement for the law enforcement organization responsible for handling law enforcement in your city or county?

If you promoted to chief in an organization without a current mission statement, what would your mission statement be for your department?

Start Date

 

Oct 3, 2016 4:03 PM

Due Date

 

Nov 7, 2016 12:59 AM

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Rubric Name: Composition Skills Rubric 1-30-15

 
         

Criteria

Excellent 100- 90.0 % Equivalent to A

Superior 89.9 - 80.0 % Equivalent to B

Satisfactory 79.9- 70.0 % Equivalent to C

Unsatisfactory Equivalent to D (60.0 - 69.9 %) or F (0-50.9) %

Responsive to the question or topic Maximum point value = 10

10 points
 

Composition is on target and completely responsive to the topic

Range = 9.0-10

8.9 points
 

Composition is generally on target but includes some irrelevant material or misses an small part of the assignment

Range = 8.0-8.9

7.9 points
 

Composition is somewhat on target but is dominated by a side or sub-topic. Nearly all of the required elements are addressed

Range = 7.0 - 7.9

6.9 points
 

Composition is not on target and is not responsive to the Project Description

D Range =6.0 - 6.9    F Range =0 - 5.9

Organization Maximum point value =10

10 points
 

Clear evidence of an outline. Composition is well organized with opening or introduction paragraph as well as closing or summary paragraph

Range = 9.0-10

8.9 points
 

Use of an outline is likely. Content flows in a logical pattern from beginning to end with an even emphasis on each major element

Range = 8.0-8.9

7.9 points
 

With or without  evidence of an outline, the paper is well balanced and comes to a supported conclusion

 

Range = 7.0 - 7.9

6.9 points
 

Content is askew in its presentation. Topics are redundant and out of sequence.

D Range =6.0 - 6.9    F Range =0 - 5.9

Grammar Maximum point value =20

20 points
 

Appropriate grammatical (third) person, appropriate balance of names and pronouns, appropriate and consistent subject-verb agreement, etc.

Range = 18.0 = 20.0

17.9 points
 

Occasional transition between persons, or minor over-use of pronouns but content of the paper remains clear

 

Range = 16.0 - 17.9

15.9 points
 

Paper written in the wrong grammatical person but content of the paper is clear

 

 Range = 14 - 15.9

13.9 points
 

Frequent transition between grammatical persons, over-use of pronouns caused confusion in the content of the paper

 

D Range=10.0-13.9    F Range =0 - 9.9

Vocabulary Maximum point value =10

10 points
 

Vocabulary is appropriate for a formal collegiate-level paper

Range = 9.0-10

8.9 points
 

One or two questionable selections in vocabulary or use of terminology

Range = 8.0 - 8.9

7.9 points
 

Some errors in vocabulary (e.g. contractions, euphemisms, jargon, etc.) that indicate some informality

Range = 7.0 - 7.9

6.9 points
 

Vocabulary indicated poor understanding  of the requirements of a formal collegiate-level paper

D Range =6.0 - 6.9     F Range =0 - 5.9

Paragraph Structure Maximum point value =10

10 points
 

Appropriate paragraph transition with each  change in focus, topic or content

Range = 9.0-10

8.9 points
 

Some extended paragraph but no impact of the readability of the paper

Range = 8.0-8.9

7.9 points
 

Numerous extended paragraphs, making the paper difficult to read

Range = 7.0 - 7.9

6.9 points
 

No paragraph transition. Poor structure interferes with understanding of the content of the paper

D Range =6.0 - 6.9    F Range =0 - 5.9

Sentence Structure Maximum point value =15

15 points
 

No errors in proper sentence structure

Range 13.5-11.5

13.4 points
 

Some potential errors…attributed to writing style

Range 12.0-13.4

11.9 points
 

Minor errors or incomplete or run-on sentences, or punctuation errors.

Range10.5-11.9

10.4 points
 

Major and numerous errors in sentence structure that interfere with understanding of the content of the paper

D Range =7.5-10.4      F Range = 0 - 10.3

Proofreading Maximum point value =15

15 points
 

No spelling or punctuation errors

Range 13.5-15

13.4 points
 

One or two minor spelling or punctuation errors

Range 12.0-13.4

11.9 points
 

Less than 5 total errors in spelling or punctuation

Range 10.5-11.9

10.4 points
 

Numerous errors that should have been identified with careful proofreading

D Range =7.5-10.4      F Range = 0 - 10.3

Citations: In-text or narrative of the paper Maximum point value =6 (Note: If citations are not required, rate the same as Proofreading)

6 points
 

APA format followed without error

Range 5.4 - 6

5.3 points
 

Minor errors in APA format, or alternate citation format applied

Range 4.8 - 5.3

4.7 points
 

APA format not use, but source of the material is traceable

Range 4.2 - 4.7

4.1 points
 

Source not appropriately identified or traceable

D Range =3.6 - 4.1     F Range = 0 - 3.5

Citations: Resource Page Maximum point value =4 (Note: If citations are not required, rate the same as Proofreading)

4 points
 

APA format followed without error

Range 3.6 - 4

3.5 points
 

Minor errors in APA format, or alternate citation format applied

Range=  3.2 -3.5

3.1 points
 

APA format not use, but source of the material is traceable

Range= 2.8 - 3.1

2.7 points
 

Source not appropriately identified or traceable

D Range =2.4 - 2.7

F Range = 0 - 2.3

Overall Score

Level 4
90 or more

Level 3
80 or more

Level 2
70 or more

Level 1
0 or more

         

 

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