• Field Trip Reflection Paper
The Signature Assignment for our course involves taking a class “field trip”. You will visit one of the websites listed below in the possible locations.
You have two choices for your field trip:
1. You can take a VIRTUAL field trip online
2. You can visit one of the museums listed below IN PERSON if you live nearby and choose to do so.
Treat the virtual field trip just like you would take a trip to the museum in person. Wander through the website by clicking on the different tabs and reading the material, looking at photos and even viewing videos if they have them. You should be able to simply “wander” through the website by clicking on the available links and visiting the different pages. Then, you should record your reaction to the field trip with a series of written responses to the topics and questions listed below. Working individually (and occasionally in groups), you will need to focus on the ways in which you can develop critical perspectives that address these topics based upon your own unique experiences of the online exhibit, using various concepts and ideas that you have learned throughout the term related to diversity and cultural pluralism.
Please note that the topics and questions include suggestions on how to develop critical perspectives aligned with assignment/assessment rubric. Your work will be evaluated and assessed (graded) according to the five criteria of the rubric. You can contact me to discuss writing tactics and strategies that will allow you to attain the highest levels of achievement notated on the rubric.
• The United Stated Holocaust Memorial Museum: Center for the Prevention of Genocide: http://www.ushmm.org/genocide
• The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center: http://apa.si.edu
• The Smithsonian Latino Center: http://latino.si.edu
Point Values and Due Dates:
• There are 150 points available for this assignment.
• Due NO LATER THAN SUNDAY WEEK 7 by 12:00 MIDNIGHT PST.
• Late submissions receive an immediate 25% reduction in points.
Submission Process and Requirements:
• Submit electronically.
• ALL submissions MUST be word-processed in either Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), Open Office (.odt), or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) formats. NO OTHER FORMATS ACCEPTED!
• Answer the questions completely, in paragraph format, following APA style guidelines. Be sure to craft a single paper with a beginning, middle and an end. Most submissions that follow the guidelines and instructions below will be app. 2,000 words in length.
• DOUBLE spaced, 12 point common font (Times New Roman, Arial, Georgia, Verdana, Tahoma)
• You MUST include a BIBLIOGRAPHY/REFERENCE LIST, appropriately citing the source of your information (the specific online location of the site/museum/exhibit visited), as well as any additional sources you may choose to use. It is NOT necessary to provide formal in-text citations for this assignment. Reference page citations MUST follow APA style guidelines (6th edition).
• Create a separate heading in your essay for each of the five required topics/questions (below).
As the “Signature Assignment” of our course, your work will be evaluated and graded using the “WCU Rubric [for] Critical Thinking and Cultural Diversity,” which has been developed for all students at all campuses of the University (California and Dallas).
To successfully meet these requirements, your responses must:
• Identify and explain the central issues raised by the site/exhibit/museum.
• Formulate a distinct, individual point of view (personal reflection) that engages critically with various perspectives offered by the site/exhibit/museum.
• Evaluate the evidence that the site/exhibit/museum offers for its point of view.
• Consider how the site/exhibit/museum uses cultural, political, and(or) historical contexts to present its issues and purposes.
• Exhibit your knowledge of how the site/exhibit/museum presents and uses cultural worldview frameworks, and also how you use your own knowledge of those frameworks to engage the site/exhibit/museum.