Short Focus Must have text Belsky, J. (2015). Experiencing the Lifespan. 4th Edition New York: Worth Publishers
Keeping in mind what you have read and viewed in the lecture slides, click the link on the next line to view the video. While your text will focus on the study of individuals and their human development in various stages of life, the video helps to also keep your awareness of the “global perspectives of human development.” With all this introductory material in mind, use the rubric to form a 1-2 page paper on a topic of your choice Be sure to quote from the text or video as examples to ground your own thoughts and tie them together in a scholarly way. Cite in-text quotations in APA style throughout the course, as requested by the College
1.2 points Introduction &Background. Raise the key question and begin with your thesis statement. Note the main idea, age group, level of development, or theory on which you hope to focus and why you have chosen this for your paper. Present the necessary theoretical contexts for the paper. Name the main theorists whose work influences the study of the focus chosen. You will find these scholars within not only your text but within the wealth of course materials through the semester (PowerPoint slides, video links). Include within this Background a hypothesis of how the focus materials may affect your personal understanding, further studies, ministry, etc.2. 2 points Style. The style here refers to writing patterns that enliven prose and engage the reader. Three simple ways to strengthen your academic prose are:topic sentences. Be sure each paragraph clearly states its main assertion. active verbs.
To avoid boring the reader, vary the length and form of your sentences. Check to see if your paragraphs unfold with some short sentences, questions, and simple declarative ones. Likewise, tackle some barbarisms that frequently invade academic prose: repetition. Unless you need the word count, this can go. unnecessary words. Need we say more? Such filler as “The fact that,”… “And in order to,” … and “There is/are” numb your reader. Similarly, such qualifiers as somewhat, fairly, rather, very take the wind from the adjective that follows. oJargon. Avoid technical terms when possible. Explain all technical terms that you do use. Avoid or translate foreign-language terms. overly complex sentences. Short sentences are best. Avoid compound-complex sentences and run-on sentences. Avoid etc.spelling, Grammar, Punctuation. Along with typographical errors, look for stealth errors, the common but overlooked grammatical gaffes: subject-verb disagreement, dangling participles, mixed verb tenses, over-and under-use of commas, semicolon use, and inconsistency in capitalization, hyphenation, italicization, or treatment of numbers. Miriam-Webster Online contains both the Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus: http://www.merriam-webster.com/3. 5 points Development. Present your own insight in a clear and logical way. Provide evidence to support your thesis and develop it further by:offering examples from your primary sources citing or discussing scholarly voices to support your argument contrasting your thesis with other treatments, scholarly voices, theories confirming it by showing how it makes good sense of the data or answers related questions or solves previous puzzlesointegrating class notes, discussion material, and/or examples of connections to your topics from class content (also to be cited via APA format)4. 1 point Conclusion. Restate the thesis in a way that repeats your focus and its consequences for the field or your contemporary understanding of the psychological relevance of this stage in lifespan development.5.____________ Total Points for Paper (N.B. Total Points correspond to value assigned per Focus Paper, see syllabus)
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