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Core Values Essay
The readings and learning activities for this week have focused on core values, their origins, and the role that they play in our society and in our professional and personal lives. This essay will be informed by the class readings and discussions on core values.
This assignment is worth 100 points (10%) of your final course grade.
Earning the maximum possible score on this assignment will require students to:
Step 1: complete all assigned essay components and answer reflection questions in the initial submission (earning up to 85% of the possible points)
Step 2: revise and resubmit the essay and complete revision reflection questions (earning up to 15% of the possible points)
To see required components and associated points in the assignment rubric, please view this assignment through the Assignments area of the classroom and scroll to the bottom.
The revision and revision reflection will be due seven days after receiving feedback on your initial submission or as specified by your instructor.
Connection to other Course Assignments
This essay will help guide your thinking for the remaining course readings and learning activities.
This essay will also serve as the basis for your analysis in the case study project.
Step 1: Initial Submission (earn up to 85% of the possible points for the assignment)
Your initial submission should include all of the following components:
In this essay you will identify and explain 3-5 of your core values.
You will also discuss the origins of these core values.
Include an introductory paragraph, where you grab the reader’s attention, provide a transitional statement, give a clear thesis statement, and map out the 3-5 key points that will support your thesis. (review elements of an introduction)
Include 3-5 body paragraphs where you include details and examples to help you develop and support your key points. (review body paragraph structure)
End your essay with a concluding paragraph where you restate your thesis, summarize your key points, and leave the reader with the “so what?” (review successful concluding paragraphs)
As a writer, you are free to decide how you use language, keeping the following in mind:
style: your language choices should result in a consistent writing style that is purposeful and aligned with your goals
readability: your language choices should ensure that your ideas are clear and easy to follow
When composing your paper, think about the conventions for academic writing, including:
punctuation: this includes things such as recommended use of commas, colons, and apostrophes.
word-level accuracy: this includes things such as capitalization, spelling, word-tense, and usage.
sentence-level accuracy: this includes things such as sentence boundaries, subject-verb agreement, and pronoun-antecedent agreement.
Take time to review your language choices after you’ve written your essay. Think about your goals for the style of this essay and your own writing habits (like using “text-speak,” omitting capitalization, or writing sentence fragments). Revise as necessary to accomplish your style and readability goals.
Reading your paper aloud is a helpful technique when reviewing your language choices for style and readability.
Sources and Documentation
You are not required to use sources for this assignment.
Format and Length
At the top of the page, include your name, the assignment name, and a title that reflects your specific essay focus. (See example below.)
Your paper should be typed, double-spaced and in 11 or 12-point font.
Your final product should be a minimum of five paragraphs (about 700-1000 words) in length. However, the quality of the content of this essay is most important. Be sure to fully answer the prompt.
Sample Header and Title for Assignment Submissions
Kim Lee (student’s name)
Core Values Essay (assignment name)
Honor, Trust, and Love (title)
The reflection questions are to be answered separately. (They are not part of the essay.) Post these in the “comments” box when submitting your assignment. You can number your answers or write them in paragraph form. Be sure to address all four questions.
Aside from simply meeting the requirements, what were your personal goals for this assignment?
When reviewing your language choices, what choices did you make to approach your goals for staying within or moving beyond conventions for academic writing?
What parts of your work on this assignment are you most proud of?
What challenged you in this assignment and/or where do you need additional support from your instructor?