Rubric for "Adopting the Creator Mindset" Essays:
This is what the content grade is based upon.
(Since some of you asked: Length is at least 2 FULL pages
to three full pages.)
Assignment Learning Outcomes show the following research writing skills: summarizing, paraphrasing, direct quoting, citing parenthetically, and developing correctly formated works cited.
- Set the
- Narrow the
focus/provide needed background info, including a paraphrased definition of Creators and Victims as defined by Dr. Skip Downing, cited parenthetically.
- The (paraphrased) definition I wrote on the board is from page 42 of Skip Downing's (print) book On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life, published in Boston by Wadsworth publishing in 2014. Remember that it has to do with making choices.
- Clearly state the thesis. The thesis is about your cholice to be a Creator or Victim. (It IS a choice, so what do YOU choose?)
o A thesis statement is NOT an announcement of intention
o States the subject matter
o Is unified
o Clearly indicates the writer’s
o Contain the “key words” if
*Note: At some point in the essay, you will include a direct quote from David Mirman's blog article. You decide what to quote and where to place it. It may be in the summary paragraph, or you may place it more aptly in another paragraph. This essay will include  a summary of Mirman's article,  one to three direct quotes (total, not each) from Mirman's article and Downing's excerpt, and  a paraphrase of Dr. Downings definition of Creators and of Victims.
- Summarizes Mirmans article (his teaching blog post).
- It is documented with a parenthetical citation and the correct works cited entry for his "prime mover" teaching weblog.
paragraph 2 (& 3 at your option)
- One or two paragraphs describing a time that you played the victim role.
- It has clear, vivd details that SHOW and don't just tell.
Body paragraph 3 (or 4 if you wrote two above about being a victim)
- Describes a Creator whom you know personally, not Oprah Winfry or Michael Jordan or anyone else you know of or know about but do not actually know, personally.
- Describes details that SHOW that this person is a Creator. Remember: don't just tell us about your example of a Creator, instead SHOW what the person does or has done that makes you think of him or her as a Creator
- Discusses YOUR choice: Will you choose to be a Creator or a Victim?
- Shows how you will act the Creator role (or how you ARE being a Creator) in order to achieve your desired outcomes as a college student. BE SPECIFIC, not general. "I will try" really means, I plan to fail and I am giving myself an excuse for failure.
· Must bring
· Can paraphrase
your main points
· Comment again on
the subject matter
· Call for action
on the part of the reader
· Will cite Dr. Downing's On Course book and the other source we read, Mirman's short article about Creators and Victims
· Will follow the correct format for the type of article it cites (not just any old works cited entry)
Also use this page: Revision and Editing Checklist from the Guide to Grammar and Writing
to Mr. D's index page