Select an ecosystem in your area (forest, lake, desert, grassland).
Write a 525- to 1000-word paper explaining the following:
Tell what and where your ecosystem is.
Describe the structure of your ecosystem including important abiotic features and dominant plant and animal species.
Explain some functions/processes of your ecosystem including one nutrient cycle and one food chain.
Give two examples of species interactions (predation, competition, mutualism, etc.) that occur in your ecosystem.
Identify an invasive species in your ecosystem. Explain its effects on the ecosystem and efforts to control or eradicate it.
Include two outside references.
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Basic Rubric ?

Content
60 Percent
Percent Earned
xx/60
Additional Comments:
All key elements of the assignment are covered in a substantive way.
? The paper is from 525 to 1000 words.
? Paper chooses a specific ecosystem in their area for discussion.

The content is comprehensive, accurate, and /or persuasive.

? Tell what or where your ecosystem is.
? Select an ecosystem in your area (forest, lake, desert, grassland).
? Tell what the ecosystem is and tell where it is located.
? Describe the structure of your ecosystem
o including important abiotic features (climate, landforms etc.)
o and dominant plant and animal species.
? Explain some functions/processes of your ecosystem
o Explain one nutrient cycle and
o one food chain.
? Give two examples of species interactions (predation, competition, mutualism, etc.) that occur in your ecosystem.
? Identify an invasive species in your ecosystem. Explain its effects on the ecosystem and efforts to control or eradicate it.
Include a minimum of two outside references.
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

The paper links theory to relevant examples of current experience and industry practice and uses the vocabulary of the theory correctly.
Major points are stated clearly and are supported by specific details, examples, or analysis.
? Paper includes a reference list including at least two outside resources.

Organization / Development
20 Percent
Percent Earned
xx/20
Additional Comments:
The paper has a structure that is clear, logical, and easy to follow.

The paper develops a central theme or idea, directed toward the appropriate audience.
The introduction provides sufficient background on the topic and previews major points.
The conclusion is logical, flows from the body of the paper, and reviews the major points.

The tone is appropriate to the content and assignment.

Mechanics
20 Percent
Percent Earned
xx/20
Additional Comments:
Speakers Notes provide explanation and discussion not found on slides, but necessary to understand the issues and the papers conclusions. They don?t just repeat the slide.

Citations of original works within the body of the paper follow APA guidelines.
Slides are laid out with effective use of headings, font styles, and white space.
Rules of grammar, usage, and punctuation are followed.
Sentences are complete, clear, concise, and varied.
Spelling is correct.

Total
100 Percent
Percentage Earned
xx/100

 

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