Essay Instructions 2017 Globalization Europe (Poland)

Essay Guidance

The essays are intended to be comprehensive to answer the assigned writing prompt(s), but they are also to be concise. A well crafted essay in the range of 700 to 1,200 words is the target.

Using a liberal amount of visuals would modify this word suggestion to something in the 500 to 800 word range (excluding the picture captions from the word count). Using pictures/figures is to be integrated into the thesis of the essay. No extraneous filler pictures. Every graphic must be integrated into the fabric of the essay by means of a reference to the figure in the text.

The essay prompts will allow the learner to address the Applied Learning Experience (ALE) objectives and by the essays demonstrate growth in knowledge, skills, and attitudes of/toward the listed objectives. We expect professional writing.

Each student will assess every other students essay for each of the four (4) essays and the results posted to an electronic form. This is mandatory. You are in competition to create the very best essay each time.

The form with the rubric is listed on this website. You are encouraged to visit the rubric scoring form and study the requirements prior to writing the essays and evaluate your essay thesis against the rubric.

Each essay (1 through 4) has its own assessment page. The assessment rubrics, however, do not change.

Essay Assessment forms

  • Essay 1 
  • Essay 2  
  • Essay 3  
  • Essay 4  

Construct your essay were you like and with whatever text editor you like. You must enter it in Wordpress to the course website.

There is support for graphics in WordPress. There are also some formatting tools. While constructing your essay if you wish to use WordPress itself you might wish to keep it private until you are ready to publish it.

You must title the essay starting with

2017 Study Abroad Essay (insert number here) First-Name Last Name

It is helpful if you would please begin by adding your byline

By Aden Banehouse

Followed by your essay.

Do not endent the paragraph! We will be adding no pilcrows.
Do not come up short on the target word count.
Do have only one topic sentence for each paragraph.
Only excess words will overlook is if you have us crying or laughing so hard we cannot do a word count. 🙄

Essay Prompts

Essay 1

Construct your essay around a thesis statement that explores your expectations and concerns regarding study abroad in Poland. It is absolutely acceptable to include discussions about perceptions. Please be mindful that you will be returning to cannibalize the first three essays to construct the fourth, which may be necessarily more refined.

Essay 1 is due the first morning in Bydgoszcz Poland. It can be written before departure, or on the plane.

Be mindful of the rubrics for which you will be assessed.

Essay 2

Construct your essay around a thesis statement that explores your impressions and comparison of interpersonal relationships, or attitudes held by, Europeans and Americans (Americans in general, though you may personalize it). It is acceptable to build from the first essay. It is equally acceptable to refute, compare, and/or contrast with perceptions from the first essay. It is also acceptable to take a completely new approach, than taken in the first essay. If using, or referencing, preceding essays this essay should be written as if the reader(s) has(have) not have read prior essays.

Essay 3

Construct your essay around a thesis statement that explores your impressions of the Polish society, culture, and if possible how you think that the Polish view America — and Americans — and contrast your own previous impressions of Poland before you were in Poland. It is acceptable to build from the first and second essay. It is equally acceptable to refute, compare, and/or contrast with perceptions from the first and second essay. It is also acceptable to take a completely new approach than taken in the first essay.

Essay 4

Construct your essay around a thesis statement that explores a reflection of the rubric items, including the previous three essay prompts, and reaches back to your impressions before you competed the Study Abroad. Have your perceptions changed? If so how? If not, why not? What have you learned about your educational experience not only in Poland, but in courses leading up to this experience. Has this experience changed your outlook on how you approach future courses? Why? If not, why not?

Note that this last essay should stand alone. This is the one essay that will be presented as evidence of your participation in the study abroad: this is the one. It is the essay that will be a tie breaker if your straddling a grade or ALE score.

 

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