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While many of your research projects will require you to read articles published in scholarly journals, books or other peer reviewed sources of information, there is also a wealth of information to be found in more popular publications. These aim to inform a wide array of readers about issues of interest and are much more informal in tone and scope. Examples include general news, business and entertainment publications such as Time Magazine, Business Weekly, Vanity Fair. Note, special interest publications which are not specifically written for an academic audience are also considered “popular” i.e., National Geographic, Scientific American, Psychology Today. (Evaluating Information Sources, n.d., What is a Popular Source? section)
The above indicates that when reading a text—especially reading to learn and rely on the content of a text—we are to exercise due diligence. We need to exercise critical thinking and not blindly accept all information that passes our way. Our researcher reputations are at stake. And we are accountable to the readers who may rely on the information we provide.
For this assignment, you will locate and download a popular journal article to analyze the author’s use of logic.
References
Types of sources. (n.d.). Indiana Wesleyan University Online Campus Library Services. https://ocls.indwes.edu/tutorials/types-of-sources(new tab)(new tab)
Upon successful completion of this assignment, you will be able to:

Demonstrate doctoral level writing skills.

Background Information
The Discerning Reader and Writer
As you read the sourced article for this written assignment, keep in mind the quality writing tips you have learned in your reading. One significant way to begin improving your writing skills is to improve your reading skills. By reading at-once on different levels, you will not only be taking in and processing the words (and information) that are displayed—but you will also be consciously assessing the quality of the information, the craft of the writing, and the aesthetics of the formatting. In other words, you will begin to read differently as a result—you will become a discerning reader. By reading ‘actively’, you will inherently build habits of observation that can carry over into your doctoral and professional writing through use of new words and a multitude of ways to articulate what you want to say.
As you analyze the logic of the article selected for this assignment, be on the lookout for the phrases that should be avoided at the start of a sentence. If you reviewed your most recent coursework submissions or contributions to the ADP, would any of the sentence start taboos be found?

 According to . . .
 There is a . . .
 It is [important, critical, advised, suggested, and so on] . . .
 In my opinion . . .
 The purpose of this [email, post, article] is . . .
 In 2014 [or any year] . . .
 I think [believe] that . . . (Handley, 2014, p. 26)

Instructions

Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
Read The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking: Concepts and Tools.
Read chapters 6–14 (pp. 27–55) in Everybody Writes.
Download the Scholarly or Academic Journal Articles(PDF document) document.
Download the Template for Analyzing the Logic of an Article(Word document).
Locate a popular article (neither an academic article, nor an industry/trade journal article) suitable for your ADP research focus or a business-related topic that is of interest to you.
Complete the template in its entirety, answering each question fully.

Place the complete APA reference at the top of the first page.
Include your full name in the header of the template. No cover page is needed when placing your name in the header.

Submit your assignment by the end of the workshop.

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2.2 Assignment (20 points)
Course: 3SU2022 Craft Academic Writing for Bus (BADM-700-01A)

Criteria Excellent Competent
Needs
Improvement

Inadequate/Faili
ng

Criterion Score

Quality of the

Content

/ 1010 points

Thoroughly

addresses the

prompt(s).

Clearly

demonstrates

understanding

of relevant

course

concepts using

course

materials and

additional

resources (with

citations and

references).

Provides clear

evidence of

critical

thinking.

9 points

Adequately

addresses the

prompt(s).

Demonstrates

a basic

understanding

of relevant

course

concepts using

course

materials and

additional

resources (with

citations and

references).

Proficient

explanation for

why the

research

matters.

7 points

Partially

addresses the

prompt(s) or

addresses only

some of the

prompts.

Demonstrates

a limited

understanding

of relevant

course

concepts using

course

materials and

additional

resources (with

citations and

references).

Emergent

explanation for

why the

research

matters.

6 points

Minimally

addresses or

does not

address the

prompt(s).

Does not

adequately

demonstrate

an

understandign

of relevant

course

concepts or

provide

evidence of

critical

thinking.

Inadequate

explanation for

why the

research

matters.

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Total / 20

Overall Score

Criteria Excellent Competent
Needs
Improvement

Inadequate/Faili
ng

Criterion Score

Written

Communicatio

n & APA

/ 1010 points

Excellent

communication

when applying

English

Grammar

Standards and

the 7 C’s of

writing: clear,

concise,

complete,

correct,

correlated to

the research,

creative, and

with critical

thinking

evidenced.

Excellent use

of APA

formatting

standards, as

applicable.

9 points

Proficient

communication

when applying

English

Grammar

Standards and

the 7 C’s of

writing: clear,

concise,

complete,

correct,

correlated to

the research,

creative, and

with critical

thinking

evidenced.

Proficient use

of APA

formatting

standards, as

applicable.

7 points

Emergent

communication

when applying

English

Grammar

Standards and

the 7 C’s of

writing: clear,

concise,

complete,

correct,

correlated to

the research,

creative, and

with critical

thinking

evidenced.

Emergent use

of APA

formatting

standards, as

applicable.

6 points

Inadequate

communication

when applying

English

Grammar

Standards and

the 7 C’s of

writing: clear,

concise,

complete,

correct,

correlated to

the research,

creative, and

with critical

thinking

evidenced.

Inadequate use

of APA

formatting

standards, as

applicable.

Excellent
27 points minimum

Competent
24 points minimum

Needs Improvement
21 points minimum

Inadequate/Failing
0 points minimum




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