The criteria that must be met in discussion postings is that your messages must be original, intelligible, and show familiarity with the assigned readings. You must communicate effectively, showing your understanding of the readings. In addition, you are expected to open and read each classmate’s original post. You must respond to at least 3 of your fellow students’ original postings to receive full credit.
All discussions must take place in the Discussions area. Uploading an attachment as your post will not be accepted. Each week’s discussion will take place from Monday to Sunday, except for Week 8, which ends on Saturday. Your original post is due by 11:59 PM Central Time (CT) on the due date listed in the schedule; three responses to classmates are due by 11:59 PM CT on Sunday (Saturday in Week 8).
Your initial response to the discussion question should be a full paragraph of 5-7 sentences. Please make sure you address each part of the discussion.
Your responses to classmates’ posts should also be well developed in 3-5 sentences. This is an opportunity to encourage further engagement with your classmate while adding to the conversation. Simply posting “I agree” or “good job” does not help develop ideas. For maximum learning and point benefits, respond to at least three students’ posts. To encourage you to respond to each other’s posts critically, there is a minimum post rule of 3 sentences.
Supreme Court Cases:
- 1st sentence – I agree/disagree with so and so . . .
- 2nd sentence – I think (or I believe) this or that . . .
- 3rd sentence - Student must say something substantively.
Several discussion questions may require you to review Supreme Court cases. The Findlaw
website requires a login. If you have never used this site before, you will need to login with your email and a password. If you never log out, the site will always be available for use without going through the login procedures.
You must complete the Plagiarism Tutorial Quiz with a score of 100% in order to access Quiz 1. You will have unlimited attempts to achieve 100% on the Plagiarism Tutorial Quiz.
The 5 quizzes covering the readings will be given in weeks 1, 2, 4, 5 &7, Each quiz will have 20 multiple-choice and T/F. questions. You will have 1 hour to complete each quiz, but you will only have one attempt. You may use your book to help you find the answers, but your time is limited, so you must be very familiar with your textbook to find the answers quickly. Each question is worth 2 points and each quiz is due by 11:59 PM CT on Sunday of the week.
Community Analysis of Juvenile Needs
Explore the Kids Count Data Center or U.S. Census Data. Provide a 1-2 paragraph summary of your area and your findings. For example, what are the population demographics and composition of your area? Then provide 1-2 paragraphs detailing 3-5 recommendations that would practically support a preventive program for the high risk children in your community based upon your research. Later, you will use your findings as a component of the Non-Profit Organization Paper to recognize and evaluate the specific issues/problems that define the needs of children your community.
This paper must be in a .doc, .pdf, or .rtf format. It should be 4-6 paragraphs in length, including an introduction and conclusion. Your work should be double-spaced, 12-point standard fonts, with 1 inch margins all around. The references should be in APA format. This paper must be your own original work; you are not allowed to turn in an analysis or summary for this assignment that you have used previously for another course (even if it is from taking this very course during a previous session). You are expected to write professionally with correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar. This paper is due by 11:59 PM CT on Sunday of Week 2.
Non-Profit Organization Paper
Select two Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) to research based upon your findings in the Community Analysis Paper. These should not be publicly-funded or government organizations. Write a brief paragraph detailing your selection and submit it to the dropbox by Sunday of Week 3 11:59 pm CT.
In this paper you will summarize each organization and its mission. Then you will compare and contrast their strengths and weaknesses. Combine all your research from the paper and the Community Analysis Paper to make a recommendation whether one, both, or neither of the organizations should be implemented or continue to exist in your community.
This paper must be in a .doc, .pdf, or .rtf format. The paper must be 3-4 pages not including title page and references. Your work should be double-spaced, 12-point standard fonts, with 1 inch margins all around. When citing resources, you must adhere strictly to APA style. All assignments must be your own original work and you are not allowed to turn in papers for this course that you have used previously for another course (even if it is from taking this course during a previous session). In comparing and contrasting the NPOs selected and your recommendation as to whether any deserve to be implemented, you are expected to write professionally with correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar, This paper is due by 11:59 PM CT on Sunday of week 5.
This paper is an opportunity to apply what you have learned about the juvenile justice system to a particular situation portrayed in the movie Freedom Writers (a link to the movie can be found in the course Content area). In this paper, you will focus on a single character and compare the response of the juvenile justice system with the intervention offered by the teacher.
The paper should provide:
- an introduction
- a plot summary
- a character analysis (including a description of his or her delinquency)
- an analysis of the justice system's response and the teacher's intervention
- a conclusion, providing your opinions/recommendations
This paper must be in a .doc, .pdf, or .rtf format. It should be 3-4 pages, not including title page and references. Your work should be double-spaced, using 12-point standard fonts, with 1 inch margins all around. Follow APA format. The review of Freedom Writers must be your own original work and you are not allowed to turn in papers for this course that you have used previously for another course (even if it is from taking this course during a previous session). All papers are due by 11:59 PM CT on Sunday of Week 7.
Please review the Sample Paper on APA Format, the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) website, the Plagiarism Tutorial, the grading rubric in the Course Information module of the Content area, and the policy on plagiarism in this syllabus.
Additionally, in order to help combat plagiarism, each paper submitted through the Dropbox is submitted to Turnitin.com for plagiarism detection. You will be able to view the originality report and make any corrections before the final due date. If you decide to make any corrections, you will have to resubmit a corrected paper.
You will take a comprehensive final exam of both the textbook and the discussions during Week 8. The exam will consist of 20 T/F (1 point each), 40 Multiple Choice (2 points each), and 2 Short Essays (50 points each) for a total of 200 points. You will have 3 hours (180 minutes) to take the exam and will be given only one attempt. The exam will open Monday of Week 8 at 12:01 AM CT and is due by 11:59 PM Saturday.