Question Description

Write a 2-4 page essay (not including title page or references) on the specific topic (Cardiovascular disease in the elderly)aging you identified at the end of Week 1. The purpose of this paper is to link historical and demographic trends to contemporary issues in gerontology. Your essay should rely on assigned class readings and some of the information you gathered as part of your bibliography assignment. Remember, you should always use in-text citations for information that you gathered from another source and include a reference list at the end of your essay. Use APA format for this assignment.

Your essay should address the following items:

  • Topic selected (brief description)
  • Historical background (e.g. When did this become an issue in aging? Why?)
  • Influence of demography on selected issue
  • Contemporary aspects of the topic (e.g. Why is this an important issue in aging now? )

Your paper should be concise and formal in tone. Be sure to proofread your work prior to submission. Points will be deducted for poor writing quality or failure to use APA format.

Before submitting your work, you may wish to review the rubric provided to make sure you have addressed all of the important components of the essay.)

Submit your essay to the Assignments tab by the end of Week 4.

Grading Rubric for Historical and Contemporary Perspectives Essay:

Component

Pt values

Point value descriptions

Total points

Topic

1 points

  • Well-written, concise description of the topic

.5 points

  • Adequate description of the topic
  • May be overly wordy or lacking detail but topic is clear

0 points

  • Lacks topic description
  • Topic unclear due to poor writing or omission of important detail

Historical Background

4 points

  • Excellent overview of historical perspective of the topic
  • Includes examples and details to support statements

3 points

  • Good overview of historical perspective
  • May be missing one or two minor details

2 points

  • Fair overview of historical perspective
  • Missing one or two major details

1 point

  • Poor overview of historical perspective
  • Missing several major details
  • Writing is mostly incomprehensible

0 points

  • Missing historical background
  • Writing is incomprehensible

Demography

2 points

Correctly articulates the influence of demography on the selected topic

1 point

Identifies the influence of demography on the selected topic, but misses one or two important details

0 points

  • Unable to identify the influence of demography on selected topic
  • demography not addressed

Contemporary Issues

4 points

  • Excellent overview of contemporary issues related to the topic
  • Includes examples and details to support statements

3 points

  • Good overview of contemporary issues
  • May be missing one or two minor details

2 points

  • Fair overview of contemporary issues
  • Missing one or two major details

1 point

  • Poor overview of contemporary issues
  • Missing several major details
  • Writing is mostly incomprehensible

0 points

  • Missing historical background
  • Writing is incomprehensible

Composition

2 points

  • Writing is concise and thorough
  • Writing is well-organized, ideas flow logically from beginning to end
  • Few or no mechanical errors (spelling, punctuation, grammar)

1 point

  • Writing is overly wordy or too terse
  • May have lapses in organization or flow
  • Few to several mechanical errors that may affect readability

0 points

  • Writing is disorganized or disjointed
  • Many mechanical errors that seriously impact readability

APA format

2 points

  • Correct use of in-text citations
  • Correct use of APA format (spacing, margins, numbering)
  • Correct use of APA format in reference list

1 point

  • Minor errors in use of in-text citations
  • Minor errors in APA format (spacing, margins, numbering)
  • Minor errors in use of APA format in reference list

.5 points

  • Serious errors in use of in-text citations
  • Serious errors in APA format (spacing, margins, numbering)
  • Serious errors in use of APA format in reference list

0 points

Failure to use in-text citations

  • Failure to include reference list

Total Points