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ENG 220 Module Four Short Paper Guidelines and Rubric
For this assignment, you will observe and analyze nonverbal cues and consider the implications for business communication.
Choose a sitcom (e.g.,
The Big Bang Theory (A captioned version of the video is available:
The Big Bang Theory (CC)) or
Seinfeld (A captioned version of the video is available:
Seinfeld (CC)) and locate at least a three-minute clip on YouTube or a similar service. First, watch the clip without sound and take notes on what you think might be happening. Then, watch the clip again with sound and take further notes. Compare the second viewing with your initial reaction and consider how sound changed your impression. Then, write a short paper that includes the following elements:
- Introduction: Identify the show you watched and give a brief description of the scene.
- Analysis: Identify any insights you may have come across in watching the clip without and then with sound. What nonverbal cues were being used? Did you miss anything without the sound on? Can you understand the person’s feelings just by watching his or her nonverbal communication? Be sure to explain your responses.
- Real-World Relevancy: Relate this scene to a previously observed real-life scenario. How might some of these nonverbal cues be perceived in a business setting? Does this inspire you to think of any solutions to real-life situations?
What to Submit
Your short paper must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document and should not be more than 1 page in length. Use double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and one-inch margins. Any sources should be cited using a discipline-appropriate citation method.
Module Four Short Paper Rubric
|Needs Improvement (55%)
|Not Evident (0%)
|Meets “Proficient” criteria and the description is exceptionally clear and concise
|Introduces the sitcom and the scene
|Introduces the sitcom and the scene, but response lacks detail or is confusing
|Does not introduce the sitcom or the scene
|Meets “Proficient” criteria and analysis demonstrates a keen insight into the impact and limitations of nonverbal communication
|Analyzes the differences between watching the clip with and without sound and describes the use, effectiveness, and challenges of nonverbal communication clues
|Identifies the differences in the two experiences of watching the scene
|Does not identify differences in the two experiences of watching the scene
|Meets “Proficient” criteria and considers solutions to real-life scenarios
|Relates observations from the sitcom to previously observed real-life scenarios
|Considers real-life scenarios, but response lacks a connection to observations from sitcom
|Does not relate observations from the sitcom to real-life scenarios
|Submission is free of errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, and organization and is presented in a professional and easy-to-read format
|Submission has no major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization
|Submission has major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that negatively impact readability and articulation of main ideas
|Submission has critical errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that prevent understanding of ideas