assignment eight social impact of tech

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Directions: Be sure to make an electronic copy of your answer before submitting it to Ashworth College for grading. Unless otherwise stated, answer in complete sentences, and be sure to use correct English spelling and grammar. Sources must be cited in APA format. Your response should be four (4) pages in length; refer to the “Assignment Format” page for specific format requirements.

In your course, turn to Lesson 8. Skim through it to refresh your memory. Next, carefully study and review the section titled “Approaches to Measuring Technological Progress.” Next, relying solely on the material in your course, use your own words to write a short compare-and-contrast essay that defines and explains three distinct perspectives on the evolution of technology. As you write, imagine you are talking to a friend who has no knowledge of this topic. In short, write the way you speak, using a conversational tone. Also, try to alternate short sentences and longer sentences to make your writing more readable.

Be sure to create a title and cite yourself as the author. For example:

A Comparison of Three Perspectives on the Evolution of Technology
Mei Quoran

Your essay should include five paragraphs, as follows:

  • Paragraph 1 is your lead paragraph. It will contain an overview of what you have to say in comparing and contrasting the perspectives of Gerhard Lenski, Leslie White, and Alvin Toffler with respect to the evolution of technology.
  • Paragraphs 2, 3, and 4, are your body paragraphs.
    • In your essay, use paragraph 2 to describe the perspective of Gerhard Lenski.
    • In paragraph 3, you’ll write about the perspective of Leslie White.
    • In paragraph 4, you’ll describe and discuss the perspective of Alvin Toffler.
  • Paragraph 5 is your summary and conclusion. Here, you’ll compare the three perspectives to show how they are, or may be, similar. You’ll contrast the three perspectives to describe how they’re different. You’ll end this process–and your essay–by expressing your view as to which of these theorists (one or more) offer the most useful insights into the evolution of technology, in your opinion.

It’s permissible to use direct quotes from your reading, but don’t use too many. One to three such quotes should be your limit. Be sure to put a direct quote in quotation marks. For example: According to Smith, “Carbon dioxide is both our friend and our enemy.”

Begin by writing a first draft. Then, edit and rework your material to make it clear and concise. After you have reached a final draft, proofread the essay one last time to locate and correct grammar and spelling errors.

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Lead Paragraph: Overview of three perspectives with respect to the evolution of technology



10 points

Student provides a clear, logical overview of the comparison and contrast of the perspectives of Gerhard Lenski, Leslie White, and Alvin Toffler.






8 points

Student provides a mostly clear, logical overview of the comparison and contrast of the perspectives of Gerhard Lenski, Leslie White, and Alvin Toffler.






5 points

Student provides a weak or unclear overview of the comparison and contrast of the perspectives of Gerhard Lenski, Leslie White, and Alvin Toffler.






0 points

Student provides a poor overview of the comparison and contrast of the perspectives of Gerhard Lenski, Leslie White, and Alvin Toffler.




/ 10





Paragraph 2: The perspective of Gerhard Lenski



20 points

Student provides a clear, logical description of the perspective of Gerhard Lenski.






15 points

Student provides a mostly clear, logical description of the perspective of Gerhard Lenski.






10 points

Student provides a weak or unclear description of the perspective of Gerhard Lenski.






0 points

Student provides a poor description of the perspective of Gerhard Lenski.




/ 20





Paragraph 3: The perspective of Leslie White



20 points

Student provides a clear, logical description of the perspective of Leslie White.






15 points

Student provides a mostly clear, logical description of the perspective of Leslie White.






10 points

Student provides a weak or unclear description of the perspective of Leslie White.






0 points

Student provides a poor description of the perspective of Leslie White.




/ 20





Paragraph 4: The perspective of Alvin Toffler



20 points

Student provides a clear, logical description of the perspective of Alvin Toffler.






15 points

Student provides a mostly clear, logical description of the perspective of Alvin Toffler.






10 points

Student provides a weak or unclear description of the perspective of Alvin Toffler.






0 points

Student provides a poor description of the perspective of Alvin Toffler.




/ 20





Paragraph 5: Conclusion



10 points

Student provides a clear, logical comparison and contrast of the three (3) perspectives including his/her view as to which theorists or theorist offers the most useful insights into the evolution of technology.






8 points

Student provides a mostly clear, logical comparison and contrast of the three (3) perspectives including his/her view as to which theorists or theorist offers the most useful insights into the evolution of technology.






5 points

Student provides a weak or unclear comparison and contrast of the three (3) perspectives including his/her view as to which theorists or theorist offers the most useful insights into the evolution of technology.






0 points

Student provides a poor comparison and contrast of the three (3) perspectives including his/her view as to which theorists or theorist offers the most useful insights into the evolution of technology.




/ 10





Mechanics – Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling



5 points

Student makes no errors in grammar, punctuation, or spelling that distract the reader from the content.






4 points

Student makes 1-2 errors in grammar, punctuation, or spelling that distract the reader from the content.






2 points

Student makes 3-4 errors in grammar, punctuation, or spelling that distract the reader from the content.






0 points

Student makes more than 4 errors in grammar, punctuation, or spelling that distract the reader from the content.




/ 5





Writing Style – Organization, Transitions, Tone



5 points

The assignment is written with excellent organization, thoughtful transitions, and the appropriate tone.






4 points

This writing assignment is adequately organized, but has some errors in the transitions or the tone.






2 points

This writing assignment is poorly organized, or it contains ineffective transitions and/or inappropriate tone.






0 points

This writing assignment displays little to no organization or transitions, and/or does not use the appropriate tone.




/ 5





APA Format – Margins, Font, Spacing, Headings and cover page.



5 points

The margins, font, spacing, headings, and cover page are all formatted properly.






4 points

There are 1-2 errors in the formatting of the margins, font, spacing, headings, or cover page.






2 points

There are 3-4 errors in the formatting of the margins, font, spacing, headings, or cover page.






0 points

There are more than 4 errors in the formatting of the margins, font, spacing, headings, or cover page.




/ 5





APA Format – Citations and References



5 points

All sources used for quotes and facts are credible and cited, and the references and in-text citations are all properly formatted. Each reference has an in-text citation and in-text citation has a reference.






4 points

All sources used for quotes and facts are credible and cited, but slight errors are present in the format of the in-text citations or references. Or there may be one in-text citation or reference missing.






2 points

Some sources used for quotes and facts are either not credible or there are significant errors in the in-text citations and/or references. Or there are multiple missing in-text citations or references.






0 points

The sources used for quotes and facts are not credible and/or not cited. The in-text citations and/or references are not present.




/ 5








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