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Global Studies PSA Campaign
Part 3: Call to Action
Goal: Provide your peers and global citizens with actionable steps and continuing resources to maintain engagement and lifelong learning.
CO4: Use appropriate research tools to find relevant scholarly information
CO5: Clarify the ways that information literacy provides a foundation for both global citizenship and lifelong learning.
Having informed the public on the global studies problem with reputable scholarship in Week 5, you are ready to ask your peers and global citizens to act and learn more. In this assignment, you’ll draft an action plan and a continuing resource list to support lifelong learning and global citizenship. The assignment will provide a resolution and plan to the main problem covered in one of the news articles from Week 3. Make sure to clear it with the instructor before veering away from those news article topics.
The submission requires four parts:
Who & What
Provide brief synopsis/refresher about the problem and who is affected. Use your second assignment as a resource. Remember your sources for specific information!
Spell out why global citizens should care about this problem whether they are immediately affected or not. What does it mean for them? What does it mean for others? What are the consequences of not taking action now?
Provide actionable steps forward. What should a global citizen do in response to the problem you researched?
Actions can include:
writing to public figures
voting (be specific about issues the audience should pay attention to; assume your audience doesn’t know how to research what to vote for; you need to help them with resources)
exploring a web resource to learn more
making a small donation of time or money (on which, see *** below)
sharing a well-sourced social media post you compose and share in the action plan
talking to co-workers or family members about the problem (equip them easy to remember but well-sourced information they can bring up)
familiarizing with critical organizations related to the topic (showing why the organizations are useful)
When you make a recommendation, offer a resource the reader can use to actually take that step. For example: the author suggests that readers vote, so the author provides a link to a website that helps people find their representatives and search for stances on the issue at hand.
Continuing Resource List. Equip your audience to take action and to keep learning for themselves. Provide links to five resources the audience can explore and save for continual learning on the topic. These sources can include:
Think tank websites
Reputable popular sources
The scholarly journals you identified
This is not a pasted-in replication of your Assignment 2 reference list, although you should draw upon these references to build your case.
Remember, the plan is only compelling if the sources are reliable, authoritative, and relevant.
This composition can draw from your Week 3 and Week 5 submissions, but it is not a repeat of these assignments. Be sure to compose something new.
Characteristics of an effective action plan:
Clear reason why action is needed (reiterate key points and problems from your PSA with sources)
Fact-based premise (people are more likely to respond when the claims don’t make them skeptical)
Clear, specific steps (people can’t act if the steps are vague; see graphic below)
***Realistic steps (your audience may not have lots of money or time to offer)
Positive tone (doom and gloom tones are less effective at promoting action)
Free of politicizing or partisan tones that might alienate your audience
Engaging (consider using media like photos, graphics, or other visuals)
Specific resources and links provided
Lifelong learning in mind: resources that will help someone stay invested, now that you have their attention
Your plan can include a draft of a social media post to share
Total length: 1-2 pages depending on design. The total submission will include all four parts above, including five resources, for full credit.
Image of the attached graphic
Please consider sharing your results in the Week 8 discussion!
Attached is an example of a finished Assignment 3 which was written using Canva.com’s “Infographic” template (free). Note that it includes references. It doesn’t have to cite graphics provided by Canva, but it cites graphics added from other sources. The infographic absorbs information from Assignment 1 and 2, but advances into the call to action.
Due on Aug 27, 2023 9:55 PM
Available on Jul 2, 2023 10:05 PM. Access restricted before availability starts.
Assignment3_PSA_Example.pdf (1.67 MB)
IRLS 200 Action Plan.jpg (113.12 KB)
Rubric Name: IRLS Literature Review (FEB 2022)
Did not attempt
Sources and Source Quality
Includes a wide variety of sources from scholarly journals and books. Exceeds the minimum required sources.
Includes the required number of sources from peer-reviewed material.
Does not include the required number of sources or includes some inappropriate materials.
Includes very few sources or ones that are unrelated to the research topic or question under investigation.
Did not attempt.
Score of Sources and Source Quality,/ 15
Inquiry question and/or area of study clearly described; significance of the problem is addressed (if literature review is associated with a research paper).
One element is missing or unclear: inquiry question, area of focus, or significance of the problem is not clear.
Missing two elements: inquiry question, area of focus, or significance of the problem is not defined.
Generally suggests a question, topic, or knowledge gap but not clearly described or supported.
Topic not identified.
Score of Introduction,/ 10
Connection to Defined Problem Area
Shows thorough understanding of the relationship of the sources selected to the problem area.
Apparent match between problem area defined and selection of articles/sources, although perhaps not clearly articulated.
Reader has to create the connection of the literature to the problem area by making a jump. The connection is not clear.
Mismatch between problem area defined and the selection of articles/sources.
No connection is evident.
Score of Connection to Defined Problem Area,/ 20
Summarizes and shows insightful synthesis of the literature information, including analysis of gaps in and/or limitations of the research. Covers all applicable literature including theoretical (if required for research paper).
Summarizes the overall picture obtained from the literature review and synthesizes the knowledge gained. If required, connection to theoretical literature needs further clarification.
Attempts to synthesize and summarize but misses the point of incorporating the inquiry into the literature. Stacks sources instead of weaving them into the analysis. If required, theoretical literature incorporated is an ill-fit for the topic being assessed.
Lacks summary or any synthesis of the information, leaving each article as a standalone piece and/or misinterprets the information and makes statements unsupported by the literature. If required, theoretical literature is not linked.
No attempt made to synthesize or summarize.
Score of Synthesis,/ 25
Organization pattern demonstrates understanding of prior literature and information on the topic (historical, general to specific, segments of the topic, etc.) and organizational plan enhances the presentation, promoting ease in reading, and clear demonstration of arguments within the literature.
Well organized with organizational plan obvious throughout. The literature review demonstrates that the author is knowledgeable about the prior research that is important to his or her topic/research inquiry.
The information is there but is not organized and does not lead from the literature review to the gap and inquiry.
No clear organization or organizational plan inconsistent.
Unable to understand the application of the literature to the inquiry question.
Score of Organization,/ 10
Professional Writing and Style
Contains no spelling or grammatical errors, scholarly/academic tone is used throughout, full citations for all sources mentioned, all listed references used in the literature review, follows Chicago style perfectly, incorporates smooth transitions.
Contains few spelling or grammatical errors, scholarly tone/academic tone is used throughout, missing few references within the text or on the reference list. A couple of the listed references are not used in the review,
follows Chicago style consistently with few errors, uses quotations and citations appropriately, transitions are clear but may not be smooth.
Contains several spelling or grammatical errors, and does not always use Chicago style. Uses excessive direct quotes (more than 10-15% of the text), or the author fails to incorporate references and/or citations appropriately/effectively, generally lacks transitions.
Contains many spelling or grammatical errors, and does not closely follow Chicago style. Uses excessive direct quotes (more than 10-15% of the text), or the author fails to incorporate references and/or citations appropriately/effectively, generally lacks transitions.
Not written at the graduate level.
Score of Professional Writing and Style,/ 20
Score of IRLS Literature Review (FEB 2022),/ 100
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0 points minimum