The following is an essay question. It is due on Monday the 7th of November 2005 by 4:00 P.M. The essay should be four to five paragraphs including an introduction and conclusion. The system by which this essay (and the final examination) essay will be graded is included at the end of the question. If you like, you can email the essay to firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if emailed, the essay must be submitted prior to 4:00.
On Thursday the 8th of December we will begin work on an ethnobotanical garden for the college. We have been cleared by the president and the director of maintenance to utilize the area around the well-head by the college junction. The area already has some locally significant plants.
On the 8th of December we will work outside clearing and cutting a space in which to put plants and then planting plants. I will be asking singles, pairs, or trios of students to bring a plant of significance for their culture to plant.
What plant would you bring and, more importantly, why?
That is, explain why that plant would be important to have in the garden from the perspective of your culture and of ethnobotany.
The essay will be worth up to 25 points.
|5||No errors of grammar or word order.|
|4||Some errors of grammar or word order but communication not impaired.|
|3||Errors of grammar or word order fairly frequent; occasional re-reading necessary for full comprehension.|
|2||Errors of grammar or word order frequent; efforts of interpretation sometimes required on reader's part.|
|1||Errors of grammar or word order very frequent; reader often has to rely on own interpretation.|
|0||Errors of grammar or word order so severe as to make comprehension virtually impossible.|
|5||Appropriate terms used consistently, clear command of vocabulary, no misspelled words.|
|4||Occasionally uses inappropriate terms or relies on circumlocution; expression of ideas not impaired; or a few misspelled words.|
|3||Uses wrong or inappropriate words fairly frequently; expression of ideas may be limited because of inadequate vocabulary.|
|2||Limited vocabulary and frequent errors clearly hinder expression of ideas.|
|1||Vocabulary so limited and so frequently misused that reader must often rely on own interpretation.|
|0||Vocabulary limitations so extreme as to make comprehension virtually impossible.|
|5||Material exceptionally well organized and connected including introduction, body, and conclusion structure.|
|4||Material well organized; links could occasionally be clearer but communication not impaired.|
|3||Some lack of organization; re-reading required for clarification of ideas. Missing structures such as an introduction or conclusion.|
|2||Little or no attempt at connectivity, though reader can deduce some organization.|
|1||Individual ideas may be clear, but very difficult to deduce connection between them.|
|0||Lack of organization so severe that communication is seriously impaired.|
|5||Consistent choices in cohesive structures.|
|4||Occasional lack of consistency in choice of cohesive structures and vocabulary but overall ease of communication not impaired.|
|3||'Patchy', with some cohesive structures or vocabulary items noticeably inappropriate to general style.|
|2||Cohesive structures or vocabulary items sometimes not only inappropriate but also misused; little sense of ease of communication.|
|1||Communication often impaired by completely inappropriate or misused cohesive structures or vocabulary items.|
|0||A 'hodgepodge' of half-learned misused cohesive structures and vocabulary items rendering communication almost impossible.|
|5||Fully complete and thorough answer to the task set.|
|4||Relevant and adequate answer to the task set. Answers of less than 200 words will be penalized by dropping the score by one point from what would be appropriate for a full-length script.|
|3||For the most part answers the tasks set, though there may be some gaps or redundant information.|
|2||Answer of limited relevance to the task set. Possibly major gaps in treatment of topic and/or pointless repetition.|
|1||The answer bears almost no relation to the task set. Inadequate answer.|
|0||No evidence of assigned task.|
You must cite any sources used. Failure to cite sources, or copying and pasting information and not putting it in quotes with a citation will cause one to receive zero points for this test.