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Using OneSearch in the Excelsior College Library, locate a scholarly article on a topic that interests you and is, ideally, related to your field. Think about an issue you would like to explore related to your current or future profession and find an article that feels engaging and important to you. This could be the issue you use for your formal research paper assignment, but it does not have to be.  
After you read your chosen scholarly article, complete the following tasks. Number each part as follows to make it easy for your instructor to find the necessary pieces of this assignment.  
Part 1: Choose a longer paragraph or a group of several paragraphs. Share that paragraph as a quote. Be sure to add an APA citation for the quote at the end.  
Part 2: Write a summary of the paragraph or passage you chose for Part 1. Be sure the first sentence identifies the author and passage you are summarizing. Add a proper APA citation for the summarized information.  
Part 3: From a different section of the article, choose an important short passage—just a sentence or two. Share these sentences as a quote. Be sure to add an APA citation for the quote at the end.  
Part 4: Write a paraphrase of the passage you chose for Part 3, putting the author’s ideas into your own original words. Make sure that the entire paraphrase is original and you aren’t just replacing a few words in the author’s sentence. Add a proper APA citation for the paraphrase. 
Be sure to check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors before you upload it. 

ENG 101—Reflection Essay Rubric
Criteria 0 (F) (F) (D) (C) (B) (A)

Possible Points 40 0 20 26 30 34 40

Reflection No submission. The essay does not

explore or analyze

the writer’s past

experiences and

future goals; the

relationship to the

course material is

inconsistent.

The essay

minimally explores

and/or analyzes the

writer’s past

experiences and

future goals; the

relationship to the

course material is

inconsistent.

The essay explores and

analyzes the writer’s

past experiences and

future goals in a general

way. Detail may be

lacking. The

relationship to the

course material may be

inconsistent.

The essay explores and

analyzes the writer’s

past experiences and

future goals at an

adequate level of

detail. Experiences and

goals are related to the

course material.

The essay thoughtfully and

insightfully explores and

analyzes the writer’s past

experiences and future goals

at an adequate level of detail.

Experiences and goals are

related to the course material.

Possible Points 40 0 20 26 30 34 40

Organization and

Structure

No submission. The writing lacks

discernable structure

or organization.

Consistent ideas and

themes are not

apparent. There is no

obvious flow.

The writing has

minimal structure or

organization. Key

ideas/themes are

difficult to discern.

Transitions are

generally awkward

or poor.

The writing has

structure and

organization, though

this may be inconsistent

in places. Some parts

may be out of place or

lack relevance. Some

transitions may be

awkward.

The writing is

generally well

organized and clear. It

maintains an overall

focus on key

ideas/themes and

flows smoothly most

of the time.

The writing is very well

organized and clear. It is

consistently focused on key

ideas/themes and flows

smoothly from one idea to the

next.

Possible Points 20 0 10 12 15 17 20

Mechanics, Style, and

Citations

No submission. The essay exhibits

extremely poor

writing skills;

incorrect spelling and

grammar limit the

reader’s ability to

follow ideas or

thoughts. Sources are

not cited properly.

The essay

consistently

contains poor

spelling and

grammar. Writing is

awkward or difficult

to understand.

Sources are often

not cited properly.

The essay contains

some spelling and

grammatical errors but

these do not

significantly impede

understanding. Sources

are usually cited

properly.

The essay contains few

spelling and/or

grammatical errors.

The writing is

consistently clear.

Sources are cited

properly with only rare

exceptions.

The essay contains no errors

in spelling or grammar. The

writing clearly and effectively

conveys the author’s ideas.

All sources are cited properly.

Column Total 0 50 64 75 85 100

ENG 101—Reflection Essay Rubric