National Institute of Aging: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/topics
Browse the topics found at the above site. Choose a topic and complete a research paper using APA format. See the rubric and paper description in its assigned assignment.
Paper should be a minimum of 3 pages and with five citations.
CATEGORY Unacceptable (Below Standards) CU
Acceptable (Meets Standards) A
Good (Occasionally Exceeds) G
Excellent (Exceeds Standards) E
CU Does not adequately convey topic. Does not describe subtopics to be reviewed. Lacks adequate theses statement.
A Conveys topic, but not key question(s). Describes subtopics to be reviewed. General theses statement.
G Conveys topic and key question(s). Clearly delineates subtopics to be reviewed. General thesis statement.
E Strong introduction of topic’s key question(s), terms. Clearly delineates subtopics to be reviewed. Specific thesis statement.
Focus & Sequencing
CU Little evidence material is logically organized into topic, subtopics or related to topic. Many transitions are unclear or nonexistent.
A Most material clearly related to subtopic, main topic. Material may not be organized within subtopics. Attempts to provide variety of transitions
G All material clearly related to subtopic, main topic and logically organized within subtopics. Clear, varied transitions linking subtopics, and main topic.
E All material clearly related to subtopic, main topic. Strong organization and integration of material within subtopics. Strong transitions linking subtopics, and main topic.
CU Few sources supporting thesis.Sources insignificant or unsubstantiated.
A Sources generally acceptable but not peer-reviewed research (evidence) based.
G Sources well selected to support thesis with some research in support of thesis.
E Strong peerreviewed research based support for thesis.
CU Does not summarize evidence with respect to thesis statement. Does not discuss the impact of researched material on topic.
A Review of key conclusions.Some integration with thesis statement.Discusses impact of researched material on topic.
G Strong review of key conclusions.Strong integration with thesis statement.Discusses impact of researched material on topic.
E Strong review of key conclusions.Strong integration with thesis statement.Insightful discussion of impact of the researched material on topic.
Grammar & Mechanics
CU Grammatical errors or spelling & punctuation substantially detract from the paper.
A Very few grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors interfere with reading the paper.
G Grammatical errors or spelling & punctuation are rare and do not detract from the paper.
E The paper is free of grammatical errors and spelling & punctuation.
APA Style & Communication
CU Errors in APA style detract substantially from the paper. Word choice is informal in tone. Writing is choppy, with many awkward or unclear passages.
A Errors in APA style are noticeable.Word choice occasionally informal in tone.Writing has a few awkward or unclear passages.
G Rare errors in APA style that do not detract from the paper.Scholarly style. Writing has minimal awkward of unclear passages.
E No errors in APA style.Scholarly style.Writing is flowing and easy to follow.
Citations & References
CU Reference and citation errors detract significantly from paper.
A Two references or citations missing or incorrectly written.
G One reference or citations missing or incorrectly written.
E All references and citations are correctly written and present.