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Your Abstract should contain the following parts that are listed below.
Topic Sentence: your abstract must contain one sentence that clearly and concisely introduces the topic of the profile paper.
Content Sentences: your abstract must mention the following five main topics of the profile: background information about the species, life cycle of the organism, structure and function of one organ system of the organism, evolutionary topic, and an additional interest. This is challenging to write! These sentences should not be too specific, but reflect broad strokes summaries of each of these main topics.
Conclusion Sentence: Abstract contains one sentence that mentions key conclusions and/or findings.

Here is a link that may help you prepare to write this Abstract:
Advice on writing abstracts: (Please note that you do not have a methods section in this paper. Despite that difference, this is a great resource with great tips).

Please make note of the following tips and tricks:
We understand that this is a rough draft and as your research and writing continues over the next few weeks your abstract conclusion may change. Be sure to update this abstract if that happens when you submit Assignment 4.
Please review the rubric! The rubric is a very detailed template that I will use to assess your performance. It also will help you understand what is expected from you as you prepare your assignment.
Your abstract should be clear and concise and contain approximately five to seven well written sentences.

Evaluation
Criteria

Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

Points Earned

Topic Sentence

(10 points)

10 points

Abstract
contains one sentence that clearly and concisely introduces the topic of the
profile paper.

9 – 8 points

Abstract
contains one sentence that somewhat clearly and concisely introduces the
topic of the profile paper.

7 – 6 points

Abstract
contains one sentence that is either too lengthy or too short and does not
fully introduce the topic of the profile paper.

< 5 points

Abstract
does not contain a sentence that introduces the topic of the profile
paper.

Content Sentence(s)

(50 points)

These are the required minimum content areas:

·
Background

·
Life
cycle

·
Structure
& Function

·
Evolution

·
Additional Interests

50 – 45 points

Abstract
mentions five main topics of the profile: background information about the
species, life cycle of the organism, structure and function of one feature of
the organism, evolutionary topic, and an additional interest.

Factual
information about the species is present.

44-40 points

Abstract
mentions four main topics of the profile as being part of the profile:
background information about the species, life cycle of the organism,
structure and function of feature of the organism, evolutionary topic, and an
additional interest.

39 – 30 points

Abstract
mentions three or two main topics of the profile as being part of the
profile: background information about the species, life cycle of the
organism, structure and function of feature of the organism, evolutionary
topic, and an additional interest.

Factual
information is mostly lacking.

< 29 points

Abstract
mentions less than two main topics of the profile as being part of the
profile: background information about the species, life cycle of the
organism, structure and function of feature of the organism, evolutionary
topic, and an additional interest.

Factual
information is lacking.

Conclusion and
Findings Sentence

(10 points)

Note: it is understood that
this is a rough draft and as your research and writing continues over the
next few weeks your abstract conclusion may change

10 points

Abstract contains one sentence that mentions key conclusions
and/or findings.

Sentence is clear and concise and contains specific information.

.

9 – 6 points

Abstract contains one sentence that is unclear or is lacking
specific information about key conclusions and/or findings.

< 5 points

Abstract does not contain one sentence that mentions key
conclusions and/or findings.

Clarity

(10 points)

Abstract should
be clear and concise and contain approximately 4-6 well written sentences.

10 points

Overall
abstract is clear, concise, and directly addresses the topic a of species
profile.

9 – 8 points

Overall
abstract is somewhat clear, concise, and directly addresses the topic a of
species profile.

7 – 6 points

Overall
the abstract is not very clear, either lengthy or too short to provide
clarity, and does not fully address the topic of a species profile.

< 5 points

Overall
abstract is unclear, too short, and does not directly address the topic a of
species profile.

Writing:
Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation

(10 points)

10 points

Writing
errors are not present.

9 – 8 points

Some
grammar/spelling errors but they do not take away from abstract content and
clarity.

7 – 6 points

Spelling,
punctuation, and grammar errors impair readability/ comprehension.

First
person is used.

< 5 points

Numerous
writing errors are present. Spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors
severely impair readability/ comprehension.

Originality

(10 points)

10 points

Abstract
is entirely original, providing no quotes and inputting facts directly into
own original writing.

9 – 6 points

Abstract
is not entirely original and contains many direct quotes and citations.

< 5 points

Abstract
is not original and mostly contains direct quotes and citations.