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Rubric for Significant Endeavor Essay

Rubric

Categories

Excellent (25 each)

Good (22 points each)

Average (19 points each)

Needs Improvement


(17 points each)

Not present or lacks clarity (0-13 points each)

Word Count

450-500 words.

400-449 words

350-399 words

N/A

Over 500 word or under 350 words.

Structure

The essay contains the following:

1) An engaging introduction 2) A full description of the volunteer work & how the idea of the significant endeavor was conceived 3) Details of the Significant Endeavor Process 4) A conclusion & call to action

The essay has 3 of the 4 sections

N/A

N/A

The essay 2 or fewer of the required elements.

Detail and Support

The writer skillfully supports all sections & uses convincing detail.

The writer supports the majority of the sections & uses convincing detail.

The essay lacks support & detail.

N/A

The essay seriously lacks support & detail.

Structure/Grammar

There are no errors in the structure or grammar in the essay. The language use is sophisticated, and there is a variety of sentence structure. APA formatting is used skillfully.

There may be one or two minor errors in the essay. APA is used correctly.

There are various issues with grammar/structure, and the majority are simple sentences. An attempt is made to use APA formatting.

There is little to no attempt to use APA, & errors make reading the essay difficult.

Most areas are difficult to read. Poor grammar. APA formatting is not used.

SAMPLE SIGNIFICANT ENDEAVOR ESSAY (499 words)

Approximately 6.3 million animals enter a U.S. Animal Shelter each year, and nine hundred and twenty thousand of those are euthanized every year (ASPCA, 2022). It is incomprehensible that this happens in the United States of America.

Growing up I was taught to love animals. In our family we had two dogs, a cat, and my little brother had a turtle. We fed them, made sure they were healthy, and it seemed natural that I would use my required volunteer hours for high school at an animal shelter. Although I started with the rudimentary tasks, such as cleaning out the cages, I soon graduated to walking the dogs and helping with adoptions. Because the shelter did not have enough volunteers, I was able to complete my required hours within a few months. When the hours were done, I found that I wasn’t done. I just could not leave these helpless creatures.

Fast forward to my first semester in college. My English professor required us to do Service-Learning and encouraged us to do something about which we were passionate. Since I was still working at the Miami Animal Shelter, I conferred with the director of Service-Learning on my campus and my professor. During this meeting, I decided that I would start a club on campus with a focus on animals. The club would not only focus on increasing the number of volunteers, but researching how we could stop animal testing and encourage a more ethical treatment of animals overall.

My first step was to start the club. I met with the Director of Student Life and filled out all of the necessary paperwork, and my professor who had initially encouraged me in this process, agreed to be the faculty advisor. I started talking to students to see if they would join. I created a flyer to advertise, and faculty on campus shared it with their classes. Over seventy students join in the first semester.

I held bi-monthly meetings for the new organization, and we got straight to work on our mission. We first wanted to increase the number of volunteers, so we took to Social Media and created YouTube videos and Tik Toks about the animals at the shelter explaining how we need volunteers and donations. This initiative proved very successful. Not only did the animal shelter bring on twenty-three new volunteers, but they received more than $750.00 in additional donations. We then created a proposal for our college’s research symposium, and we were accepted. We presented our work on the ethical treatment of animals to over 220 people in attendance. Our campus dean was so impressed, that we will be sharing our work in an upcoming publication of the faculty-student research magazine, Polygon.

I will be graduating this year, but I know that this organization is in good hands. I am confident that this work will continue. While it feels gratifying to volunteer, knowing that I have left a lasting legacy to help our animal friends is truly

OUTLINE

SAMPLE SIGNIFICANT ENDEAVOR ESSAY

I. INTRODUCTION

a. HOOK Approximately 6.3 million animals enter a U.S. Animal Shelter each year, and nine hundred and twenty thousand of those are euthanized every year (ASPCA, 2022).

b. BACKGROUND INFORMATION It is incomprehensible that this happens in the United States of America

c. THESIS

II. BODY PARAGRAPH: INFORMATION ABOUT INITIAL VOLUNTEER WORK

a. Shelter

b. Noticed the Problem

III. BODY PARAGRAPH: STEPS TO SOLVING THE PROBLEM

a. Starting the Club

i. More volunteers

ii. Research & Work on Ethical Treatment of Animals

b. Actions & specific details

IV. CONCLUSION: CALL TO ACTION

a. The Legacy

i. I will be graduating this year, but I know that this organization is in good hands. I am confident that this work will continue. While it feels gratifying to volunteer, knowing that I have left a lasting legacy to help our animal friends is truly