Rubric: First Paper
Choose any two or one of the following course concepts and discuss how they apply to
experiences of Muslim youth presented in Bayomi’s text. You are expected to choose one story
from Bayomi’s book for your paper. (Honors students are required to choose a minimum of two
Requirements: The paper should be minimum four pages in length and double-spaced.
Total Points: 100
Introduction – 15 points
Clearly state which two concepts you will be utilizing in your paper to discuss the experiences of
Arab youth in the US. Also clearly emphasize which story (Bayoumi’s book) you have chosen to
discuss in your paper. The introduction should include the main goals of your paper. Introduce
the reader to what they should expect in the main body of your paper. You may also start with a
clear thesis statement.
Section on Experience – 35 points
Discuss the importance of being familiar with someone’s experience/story. What is the
significance and usefulness of story-telling as a methodological tool? What are Bayoumi’s
arguments in this regard? Relevant course readings must be cited and referenced.
Concepts – 35 Points
Define the concepts you choose. You must provide precise sociological/academic definitions
with relevant citations from the required readings. Why are these concepts essential for
understanding the particular story/experience that you have chosen to write about? Apply these
concepts to the story that is the focus of your paper. How does the story you have chosen
demonstrate the concepts you have chosen? In your application of the concepts, please provide
examples and use quotes to substantiate your arguments. (THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT) You
must demonstrate that you have read all the materials that you cite. All quotes must be followed
by your understanding and engagement with them.
Conclusion – 15 Points
Summarize your paper in a paragraph. For instance, what did you aim to accomplish in your
paper and what is your conclusion based on the concepts you applied?
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