In this assignment, you will assume the role of a developmental psychologist and describe the factors that shaped Randy Pausch's life and led to Ego Integrity in his life.

The Last Lecture Written Essay

In at least a five-paragraph essay, discuss the three levels at which human development occurs during a lifetime. The levels are outlined in the rubric therefore students should use the rubric as a guide concerning which levels of development should be included.  The video should serve as a means for explaining examples of each level.  Provide specific examples from Randy Pausch's life to clarify your response for each level. You may also provide examples from your own life (or others) to further expand and justify your answer. 

As this is an end-of-the-course assignment, students should spend considerable time reviewing information learned during the semester from the textbook, discussions, other assignments, and the rubric in order to provide thorough and precise answers. Then students should gather their thoughts and incorporate all sources (video, course materials, and rubric) to create a well organized, collegiate level written response. Include all sources utilized in the paper in a Works Cited page. 

Format of essay:

The paper is to be written in MLA format. It is wise not to wait until the last minute to write this paper. Many of you will need assistance with MLA; thus, you should begin writing early in the week, whereas you can utilize the "Writing Help" or TLCC Tutoring Online link in Canvas or https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/mla_formatting_and_style_guide.html (Links to an external site.) If you wait until the due date, you may not have time to submit your work to a tutor and make the necessary revisions before the closing of the submission box.

This paper is to be double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman font.

The paper should be at least five paragraphs in length, including an introductory and concluding paragraph separate from the body of the paper.

Remember, a paragraph is at least 5-7 sentences in length.  Any paragraphs shorter than this requirement will receive a deduction.

You will perform a spelling and grammar check  (I highly recommend using the free program that can be found at grammarly.com) and proofread your paper before submitting it.

In order to earn maximum credit, your paper should include all of these properties. The paper is due by 11:59 p.m. on the assigned date.  The instructor will submit all documents to Turnitin, a software plagiarism program, so please use your own words when writing the paper.

Rubric 

The end of the course assessment provides a manner in which to integrate a variety of topics learned in this course. Before beginning the paper, make sure to review the rubric to ensure all topics and criteria required are addressed. 

Elements

Proficiency

(4)

Developing

(3)

Emerging

(2)

Unsatisfactory

(1)

Describe the nature of the individual

Articulates the nature of the individual through the language of the discipline.  This may include identifying methodologies, perspectives, theories, and data that may apply to understanding this concept as informed by the field of study.

Describes the nature of an individual to explain theoretical bases that inform the field of study. The student accurately identifies and discusses the influence of biological factors as well as cognitive and social aspects.

Expresses basic awareness of the nature of the individual.

Does not express a basic awareness of the individual.

Describe the relationship between the individual and others

Articulates the relationship between the individual and others through the language of the discipline.  This may include identifying methodologies, perspectives, theories, and data that may apply to understanding this concept as informed by the field of study.

Describes the relationship between the individual and others to explain theoretical bases that inform the field of study. The student accurately summarizes the impact of the dynamic relationship between both parties.

Expresses basic awareness of the individual in relation to others.

Does not express a basic awareness of the individual in relation to others.

Describe the relationship between the individual and culture

Articulates the relationship between individuals and their cultural environment through the language of the discipline.  This may include identifying methodologies, perspectives, theories, and data that may apply to understanding this concept as informed by the field of study.

Describes the relationship between the individual and cultures to explain theoretical bases that inform the field of study. The student accurately summarizes impact of the reciprocal relationship between the individual, group, and society.

Expresses basic awareness of the individual within a historical or cultural environment.

Does not express a basic awareness of the individual

within a historical or cultural environment.

Mechanics of the paper are present (MLA format, spelling and grammar, introduction and conclusion)

0-3 Errors regarding mechanics and formatting

4-7 Errors regarding mechanics and formatting

8-10 Errors regarding mechanics and formatting

More than 10

Errors regarding mechanics and formatting

 
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