Module 6 Capstone – Reversing the Process
- Students will be able to write a thoughtful news article based on real-world data
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
Students can be given the rubric at any time in the course; however, it is best if they are given it at the beginning of the course so that students can be thinking about it as they progress through the rest of the course content.
Some time should be taken in one or several class period to give a brief description of the assignment. The instructor should introduce the overall concept, that the class is primarily spent examining news articles and data, and now it is the students' turn to take what they've learned and find their own data set and write an article that reflects what story the data tells.
The students may also generate a presentation to present their article and information to the class.
- Data from a reputable source
- Example Rubric (PDF) (Acrobat (PDF) 64kB Apr2 20)
- Example Rubric (MS Word) (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 14kB Apr2 20)
Teaching Notes and Tips
Because this serves as a culmination of the class, students should feel prepared to tackle it. However, they may still need assistance understanding the requirements.
It is best to give out the rubric close to the start of the course so that students can be thinking about it as they work through the semester. Alternatively, if the instructor feels giving the instructions early will worry or distract students, they can be given the instructions a few weeks before the end of the course so that students still have enough time to complete the assignment.
There is a suggested grading rubric for the final capstone project, however this can certainly be modified.
The first component of the project is how it is delivered. The length is supposed to be short, between 1000 and 1200 words. Projects should also have proper grammar.
The second part concerns the content of the article the students make. The article needs to be based on a data set and make some sort of claim about a problem the data supports. Students should contextualize their problem with additional information from other articles and sources. They also need to explain why this data set is significant, why the reader should care about it.
The last part of assessing the project is based on the graph the student makes. It needs to be a singular, clearly labeled graphic that shows the data in a meaningful way. The figure's caption should explain it well, but also be succinct (less than 100 words).
References and Resources
- R Core Team. 2017. R: A language and environment for statistical computing. Vienna, Austria. URL https://www.R-project.org/