Read the attached article, The Pursuit of Happiness, and write a 200 word minimum answer for each question in standard Written English answering the following questions:

  1. Identify the research method(s) used to accumulate the data which served as the basis for this article. What were the strengths and weaknesses of the research method(s)?
  2. Draw three conclusions that can be deduced from the graphs or charts presented in this article.

3. In the study done by Lieberman and Morelli, what were the physiological and psychological processes involved in their study of empathy?

4. In the quote by Morelli, “Being distracted reduces our empathy for others and blunts responses in the brain”, what are the implications of this quote for civic engagement?

Grading Rubric for Essay Article Assignment

General: Read the article listed in the “Essay” section entitled, “The Happiness of Pursuit.” After viewing each question, go back into the article and isolate the questions and reread the article looking for answers to the specific questions.

Write a 65 word minimum essay to each question. Responses can be as long as you think is necessary. A minimum word response (65 words) on each question is usually correlated with no better grade than a “5.” Use standard written English in your response to each question.

Consult your textbook, internet sites and other reference materials to correctly answer each question. Look up any term you do not understand utilizing a dictionary or your textbook.

Do not be intellectually lazy and just start to write without thinking about each answer.

Each question is worth 8 points. Maximum points = 40 points.

Grading Rubric:

Grades will be based on the following scale for each question.

Question 1. Identify the research method(s) used to accumulate the data which served as the basis for this article. What were the strengths and weaknesses of the research method(s)? (Critical Thinking Skills)

Grading will be based on identification of three research methods and the strengths and weaknesses of each method along with an interpretation/evaluation to develop a comprehensive analysis or synthesis.

7 – 8 points: Three research methods are identified and at least one strength and weakness associated with each method is clearly delineated. In addition, information is taken from the source with enough interpretation/evaluation to develop a comprehensive analysis or synthesis. Furthermore, viewpoints of experts are questioned thoroughly.

5 – 6 points: Three research methods are identified and at least one strength and weakness associated with each method is clearly delineated. In addition, information is taken from the source with enough interpretation/evaluation to develop a coherent analysis or synthesis. Furthermore, viewpoints of experts are subject to questioning.

3 – 4 points: Three research methods are identified and at least one strength and weakness associated with each method is clearly delineated. In addition, information is taken from the source with some interpretation/evaluation but not enough to develop a coherent analysis or synthesis. Furthermore, viewpoints of experts are taken as mostly fact, with little questioning.

1 – 2 points: Three research methods are identified and at least one strength and weakness associated with each method is clearly delineated. Information is taken from the source without any interpretation/evaluation. Viewpoints of experts are taken as fact without question.

0 points: The question is not addressed at all.

Helpful guidance for Question 1:

Review the first chapter and thoroughly understand the differences between research methods. Carefully read the article noting the type of research that was utilized. Understand the strengths and weaknesses of each method. Interpret and evaluate the information to form comprehensive synthesis or analysis.

Question 2:Draw three conclusions that can be deduced from the graphs or charts presented in the article. (Visual Communication/Empirical and Quantitative Skills)

Grading will be based on making at least three conclusions from the visual data and clearly and coherently supporting the conclusions with details and examples.

7 – 8 points: Demonstrates a thorough analysis by explaining three conclusions with supporting details. In addition, the conclusions drawn are interpreted or evaluated to develop a comprehensive synthesis.

5 – 6 points: Good analysis of the visual data as evidenced by clearly and coherently explaining three conclusions with supporting details. Generally comprehensive and convincing.

3 – 4 points: Makes an effort to draw conclusions from the visual data but some of the aspects of the visual data have been overlooked.

1 – 2 points: Demonstrates a rudimentary effort to analyze the visual data but fails to make conclusions that are clearly and coherently supported with details.

0 points: The question was not addressed as evidenced by no attempt to draw a conclusion from the graphs and charts.

Helpful Guidance for Question 2:

Analyze any of the tables/charts presented in the article and develop conclusions based on the tables/charts. Write table # indicates that …….

Question 3: In the study done by Lieberman and Morelli, what were the physiological and psychological processes involved in their study of empathy. (Written Communication Skills)

Grading will be based on clearly and coherently identifying the physiological and psychological processes involved in the study.

7 – 8 points: Elaborates fully on the physiological and psychological processes involved in the study of empathy by Lieberman and Morelli as evidenced by clear and effective examples of both physiological and psychological processes and supporting details. In addition, the information about the physiological and psychological processes is interpreted and evaluated to develop a synthesis or analysis.

5 – 6 points: Provides some evidence about the physiological and psychological processes with some examples and supporting details.

3 – 4 points: Demonstrates an attempt to discuss the physiological and psychological processes but fails to provide supporting details or examples.

1 – 2 points: Demonstrates an attempt to use the information from the article to address the physiological and psychological processes involved in the Lieberman & Morelli study.

0 points: Failed to address the question in any way.

Helpful Guidance for Question 3:

Find the Lieberman and Morelli study of empathy and thoroughly understand what they are discussing. Discuss what the researchers concluded regarding the physiological and psychological processes involved in the study. Make a coherent distinction between physiological and psychological.

Question 4: In the quote by Morelli, “Being distracted reduces our empathy for others and blunts responses in the brain,” what are three implications of this quote for civic engagement? (Civic Engagement)

Grading will be based on providing three implications of this quote as it relates to social responsibility.

7 – 8 points: Connects and extends knowledge (facts, theories, personal experience) from one’s own academic study to civic engagement and hypothetically to one’s own participation in civic life, politics, and government. The analysis of the Morelli quote is evidenced by a coherent identification of three implications of the quote for civic engagement. The connection and extension of knowledge is evidenced by making an inference about the future culture of empathy based on the Morelli quote.

5 – 6 points: Analyzes knowledge (facts, theories, personal experience,etc.) from one’s own academic study making relevant connections to civic engagement and hypothetically to one’s own participation in civic life, politics, and government. The analysis of the Morelli quote is evidenced by a coherent identification of three implications of the quote for civic engagement and comprehensive details to support the implications.

3 – 4 points: Begins to connect knowledge (facts, theories, personal experience, etc.) from one’s own academic study to civic engagement and hypothetically to one’s own participation in civic life, politics, and government. This initial attempt to connect knowledge is evidenced by a coherent identification of one or two implications of the quote for civic engagement and details to support the implication.

1 – 2 points: Begins to identify knowledge (facts, theories, personal experience, etc.) from one’s own academic study to civic engagement and hypothetically to one’s own participation in civic life, politics, and government. This attempt to identify knowledge is evidenced by an incoherent expression of implications of the quote for civic engagement or lack of details to support them.

0 points: Failure to address the question as evidenced by not providing details for the stated implication.

Helpful Guidance for Question 4:

Find and understand Morelli’s quote. Understand what social responsibility and civic engagement mean. Brainstorm what the implications are in society based on Morelli’s quote.

Question/Evaluation #5:Grammar/Syntax Evaluation of Student Writing. Grammar will be evaluated based on the following areas: Subject/Verb agreement; appropriate verb tense; fragments (subject or verb missing from sentence); run-on sentences (two sentences joined together incorrectly without a comma and/or a coordinating conjunction (FANBOYS)); comma splice (two sentences joined together incorrectly with only a comma); Syntax is defined as the creation of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences in a language.

Grading will be based on the following criteria:

7 – 8 points: Student’s writing was free from grammar errors as evidenced by no fragments, run-ons, comma splices, or subject/verb agreement problems. Syntax was excellent as evidenced by the presence of well-formed compound and complex sentences which complimented the answers to the prompts.

5 – 6 points: Student’s writing was free from grammar errors as evidenced by no fragments, run-ons, comma splices, or subject/verb agreement problems. Syntax was good as evidenced by the presence of well-formed compound and complex sentences.

3 – 4 points: Student’s writing was free from grammar errors as evidenced by no fragments, run-ons, comma splices, or subject/verb agreement problems. Syntax was sufficient as evidenced by mostly simple sentences which adequately addressed the prompts.

1 – 2 points: Student’s writing had some grammar problems and syntax problems which affected the coherent expression of a few of the answers.

0 points: Students writing had so many grammar and syntax problems that the essay failed due to incoherent expression of the answers to the prompts.

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