Speculative Crops Questionnaire Assignment
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Speculative Crops Questionnaire Assignment
For this assignment, you will choose one of the following three articles:
- Matthan, T. (2021). Speculative crops: Gambling on the onion in rural India.
Geoforum [article in press].
- McCubbin, S.G. (2020). The Cecil moment: Celebrity environmentalism, Nature 2.0,
and the cultural politics of lion trophy hunting. Geoforum, 108, 194-203.
- Merten, J., Nielsen, J.O., Rosyani, Soetarto, E., & Faust, H. (2021). From rising water
to floods: Disentangling the production of flooding as a hazard in Sumatra,
Indonesia. Geoforum, 118, 56-65.
Use one article selected from the list above to respond to the following questions using the template
document specific to your article provided. Answer these directly in the template document
in full sentences, using your own words and paraphrasing. Do not use direct quotations unless the
question specifies to “cut and paste”. The written assignment you submit should include answers to
these questions in full sentences, numbered as appropriate (e.g., 1.a, 1.b, 2, 3.a…).
1) Argument of the article
Provide a short answer, 2-3 sentences:
• What is the main point (or argument) of the article?
HINT: The ‘main point’ is not the ‘topic’ of the article, but what the author is trying to illustrate
or resolve through the discussion and evidence provided.
2) Context and significance of the article
Provide a one to two paragraph response to the general question “what is the context and
significance of the article?” using the following questions to help guide your thinking.
• What idea(s) or ‘dominant explanation(s)’ is the author arguing against?
• What existing idea(s) is the author expanding upon?
• What ‘gap’ is the author trying to fill in existing research?
• What is the scope of the analysis in terms of primary regional focus and time period?
• According to the author, what is the significance of the article more broadly, beyond academic
debate and research? (e.g., does it help inform better policy or practice? Can it be of use to
social or environmental movements? Etc.)
HINT: This is often, though not exclusively, discussed in the Intro and Conclusion.
3) Analysis of structure
The template document identifies the main sub-sections of the article. For each sub-section identified
in the template, provide a one-paragraph response to the following questions:
• What is the author explaining or illustrating within the sub-section?
• What is the role (or function) of the sub-section within the overarching/overall argument? Think
here about its structural relationship to the other sub-sections of the article.
4) Use of evidence
The template document identifies two examples of source citations in the article including a page
number. For each source citation respond to the following questions/prompts [1-2 sentences each]
a) Cut and paste the full bibliographic citation for the source as it appears in the bibliography.
b) What is the genre of the source used (e.g., book, journal article, webpage, government report…)
and who is the author/creator (name and affiliation)? If it is not obvious, you may need to
search online for hints.
Reread the paragraph of the article where the citation appears.
c) What claim is the author using the cited source to support?
d) How does the author use the source as evidence to support that claim? (specifically, is it used
for ‘facts’ or as an ‘example’ of a trend in their data? Or does the author directly ‘interpret’ the
source?) HINT: To respond to this question (d), you will need to refer to page 4 of this
Speculative Crops Questionnaire Assignment
QUALITY OF RESPONSE NO RESPONSE POOR / UNSATISFACTORY SATISFACTORY GOOD EXCELLENT Content (worth a maximum of 50% of the total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 20 points out of 50: The essay illustrates poor understanding of the relevant material by failing to address or incorrectly addressing the relevant content; failing to identify or inaccurately explaining/defining key concepts/ideas; ignoring or incorrectly explaining key points/claims and the reasoning behind them; and/or incorrectly or inappropriately using terminology; and elements of the response are lacking. 30 points out of 50: The essay illustrates a rudimentary understanding of the relevant material by mentioning but not full explaining the relevant content; identifying some of the key concepts/ideas though failing to fully or accurately explain many of them; using terminology, though sometimes inaccurately or inappropriately; and/or incorporating some key claims/points but failing to explain the reasoning behind them or doing so inaccurately. Elements of the required response may also be lacking. 40 points out of 50: The essay illustrates solid understanding of the relevant material by correctly addressing most of the relevant content; identifying and explaining most of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology; explaining the reasoning behind most of the key points/claims; and/or where necessary or useful, substantiating some points with accurate examples. The answer is complete. 50 points: The essay illustrates exemplary understanding of the relevant material by thoroughly and correctly addressing the relevant content; identifying and explaining all of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology explaining the reasoning behind key points/claims and substantiating, as necessary/useful, points with several accurate and illuminating examples. No aspects of the required answer are missing. Use of Sources (worth a maximum of 20% of the total points). Zero points: Student failed to include citations and/or references. Or the student failed to submit a final paper. 5 out 20 points: Sources are seldom cited to support statements and/or format of citations are not recognizable as APA 6th Edition format. There are major errors in the formation of the references and citations. And/or there is a major reliance on highly questionable. The Student fails to provide an adequate synthesis of research collected for the paper. 10 out 20 points: References to scholarly sources are occasionally given; many statements seem unsubstantiated. Frequent errors in APA 6th Edition format, leaving the reader confused about the source of the information. There are significant errors of the formation in the references and citations. And/or there is a significant use of highly questionable sources. 15 out 20 points: Credible Scholarly sources are used effectively support claims and are, for the most part, clear and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition is used with only a few minor errors. There are minor errors in reference and/or citations. And/or there is some use of questionable sources. 20 points: Credible scholarly sources are used to give compelling evidence to support claims and are clearly and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition format is used accurately and consistently. The student uses above the maximum required references in the development of the assignment. Grammar (worth maximum of 20% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 5 points out of 20: The paper does not communicate ideas/points clearly due to inappropriate use of terminology and vague language; thoughts and sentences are disjointed or incomprehensible; organization lacking; and/or numerous grammatical, spelling/punctuation errors 10 points out 20: The paper is often unclear and difficult to follow due to some inappropriate terminology and/or vague language; ideas may be fragmented, wandering and/or repetitive; poor organization; and/or some grammatical, spelling, punctuation errors 15 points out of 20: The paper is mostly clear as a result of appropriate use of terminology and minimal vagueness; no tangents and no repetition; fairly good organization; almost perfect grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage. 20 points: The paper is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read as a result of appropriate and precise use of terminology; total coherence of thoughts and presentation and logical organization; and the essay is error free. Structure of the Paper (worth 10% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 3 points out of 10: Student needs to develop better formatting skills. The paper omits significant structural elements required for and APA 6th edition paper. Formatting of the paper has major flaws. The paper does not conform to APA 6th edition requirements whatsoever. 5 points out of 10: Appearance of final paper demonstrates the student’s limited ability to format the paper. There are significant errors in formatting and/or the total omission of major components of an APA 6th edition paper. They can include the omission of the cover page, abstract, and page numbers. Additionally the page has major formatting issues with spacing or paragraph formation. Font size might not conform to size requirements. The student also significantly writes too large or too short of and paper 7 points out of 10: Research paper presents an above-average use of formatting skills. The paper has slight errors within the paper. This can include small errors or omissions with the cover page, abstract, page number, and headers. There could be also slight formatting issues with the document spacing or the font Additionally the paper might slightly exceed or undershoot the specific number of required written pages for the assignment. 10 points: Student provides a high-caliber, formatted paper. This includes an APA 6th edition cover page, abstract, page number, headers and is double spaced in 12’ Times Roman Font. Additionally, the paper conforms to the specific number of required written pages and neither goes over or under the specified length of the paper.
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