Assignment 3: The Abstract

Assignment Instructions

Assignment 3: The Abstract

Attachments:

  • Rubric for Assignment 3
  • Sample Abstract

You have already completed Assignment 2: The Outline.  To further help prepare you for Assignment 4: The Organism Profile you will first submit an abstract of the main points of what you will be covering in your paper.

Your Abstract should contain the following parts that are listed below.

  • Topic Sentence: your abstract must contain one sentence that clearly and concisely introduces the topic of the profile paper.
  • Content Sentences: your abstract must mention the following five main topics of the profile: background information about the species, life cycle of the organism, structure and function of one organ system of the organism, evolutionary topic, and an additional interest. This is challenging to write!  These sentences should not be too specific, but reflect broad strokes summaries of each of these main topics.
  • Conclusion Sentence: Abstract contains one sentence that mentions key conclusions and/or findings.

Here is a link that may help you prepare to write this Abstract:

  • Advice on writing abstracts: (Please note that you do not have a methods section in this paper.  Despite that difference, this is a great resource with great tips).

Please make note of the following tips and tricks:

  • We understand that this is a rough draft and as your research and writing continues over the next few weeks your abstract conclusion may change.  Be sure to update this abstract if that happens when you submit Assignment 4.
  • Please review the rubric! The rubric is a very detailed template that I will use to assess your performance.  It also will help you understand what is expected from you as you prepare your assignment.
  • Your abstract should be clear and concise and contain approximately five to seven well written sentences.
  • Be sure to avoid first person.
  • Your abstract should contain topic sentences, not specific and detailed information, and as such there should not be a need to cite.
  • Please see the sample abstract attached below.

Attachments:

  • Rubric for Assignment 3
  • Sample Abstract

    Assignment 3: Abstract Rubric

    Evaluation Criteria Excellent Good Fair Poor Points Earned
    Topic Sentence

    (10 points)

    10 points

    Abstract contains one sentence that clearly and concisely introduces the topic of the profile paper.

    9 – 8 points

    Abstract contains one sentence that somewhat clearly and concisely introduces the topic of the profile paper.

    7 – 6 points

    Abstract contains one sentence that is either too lengthy or too short and does not fully introduce the topic of the profile paper.

    < 5 points

    Abstract does not contain a sentence that introduces the topic of the profile paper.

    Content Sentence(s)

    (50 points)

    These are the required minimum content areas:

    · Background

    · Life cycle

    · Structure & Function

    · Evolution

    · Additional Interests

    50 – 45 points

    Abstract mentions five main topics of the profile: background information about the species, life cycle of the organism, structure and function of one feature of the organism, evolutionary topic, and an additional interest.

    Factual information about the species is present.

    44-40 points

    Abstract mentions four main topics of the profile as being part of the profile: background information about the species, life cycle of the organism, structure and function of feature of the organism, evolutionary topic, and an additional interest.

    39 – 30 points

    Abstract mentions three or two main topics of the profile as being part of the profile: background information about the species, life cycle of the organism, structure and function of feature of the organism, evolutionary topic, and an additional interest.

    Factual information is mostly lacking.

    < 29 points

    Abstract mentions less than two main topics of the profile as being part of the profile: background information about the species, life cycle of the organism, structure and function of feature of the organism, evolutionary topic, and an additional interest.

    Factual information is lacking.

    Conclusion and Findings Sentence

    (10 points)

    Note: it is understood that this is a rough draft and as your research and writing continues over the next few weeks your abstract conclusion may change

    10 points

    Abstract contains one sentence that mentions key conclusions and/or findings.

    Sentence is clear and concise and contains specific information.

    . 9 – 6 points

    Abstract contains one sentence that is unclear or is lacking specific information about key conclusions and/or findings.

    < 5 points

    Abstract does not contain one sentence that mentions key conclusions and/or findings.

    Clarity

    (10 points)

    Abstract should be clear and concise and contain approximately 4-6 well written sentences.

    10 points

    Overall abstract is clear, concise, and directly addresses the topic a of species profile.

    9 – 8 points

    Overall abstract is somewhat clear, concise, and directly addresses the topic a of species profile.

    7 – 6 points

    Overall the abstract is not very clear, either lengthy or too short to provide clarity, and does not fully address the topic of a species profile.

    < 5 points

    Overall abstract is unclear, too short, and does not directly address the topic a of species profile.

    Writing: Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation

    (10 points)

    10 points

    Writing errors are not present.

    9 – 8 points

    Some grammar/spelling errors but they do not take away from abstract content and clarity.

    7 – 6 points

    Spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors impair readability/ comprehension.

    First person is used.

    < 5 points

    Numerous writing errors are present. Spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors severely impair readability/ comprehension.

    Originality

    (10 points)

    10 points

    Abstract is entirely original, providing no quotes and inputting facts directly into own original writing.

    9 – 6 points

    Abstract is not entirely original and contains many direct quotes and citations.

    < 5 points

    Abstract is not original and mostly contains direct quotes and citations.

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