Written Assignment Question: How useful are the rating systems for motion pictures,
television, music and video games? Provide support for your opinion. Are media rating
systems effective in protecting children? Why or why not?
The written assignment is due by the date indicated in the course schedule and is
expected to be submitted under “Upload Written Assignment” on the Blackboard website for the
The written assignment is expected to be typed in English, in a 12-point font, doublespaced,
at least 1000 words long, and free of errors in spelling, punctuation, or grammar. Do not
include an abstract with the written assignment. Do not include footnotes or endnotes. Subjects
and verbs are expected to agree; pronouns are expected to agree with their antecedents. For example, we should not write “a journalist should check their sources.” That should be
“journalists should check their sources.”
The written assignment asks students to present a clear thesis and to construct valid,
logical arguments with supporting evidence in responding to the question. Responses are
expected to include at least five relevant, current, independent references. Please note that Bibles
and dictionaries do not constitute references. Students may use legitimate, scholarly websites in
conducting research but anonymous websites are not acceptable as references. References are
expected to be formatted in the style of the American Psychological Association (APA). Website
references are expected to include the URL. Information about APA style is available online.
Most of the assignment should be written by the student, not just including a lot of quoted
material. The written assignment is expected to be original work that the student personally
researched and wrote for this course. No more than 20% of an assignment should match
something already in the TurnItIn database.