Write a 4 – 5 page essay that answers the following questions:
Summarize at least two hypotheses proposed to explain Neanderthal extinction. What specific information do scientists use to support these different claims? (about 1.5 to 2 pages in length)
Based on your evaluation of the scientific evidence, which hypothesis for Neanderthal extinction do you find most credible, and why? (about 1.5 – 2 pages in length)
This essay is worth 60 points total; 20 pts. for FIRST DRAFT, and 40 pts. for FINAL DRAFT. Each part of the assignment will be graded according to the Rubrics provided below. Your essay is expected to meet the following requirements:
Essay is 4 – 5 pages in length, typed, double-spaced with one-inch margins and 12-point font
You will need access to word processing software (e.g. Microsoft Office, Google Docs) to complete your essay. As a PCC student, you can get Microsoft Office 365Links to an external site. for free!
Sentences are organized into paragraphs that are clear and concise with few grammatical errors, misspelled words and/or typos.
For help identifying and correcting grammatical issues in your essay, I encourage you to make a virtual appointment to review drafts with tutors at the PCC Writing CenterLinks to an external site.. I am also happy to review drafts that are submitted via email using the CANVAS Inbox at least 48 hours before the scheduled due date.
Information is presented in your own words, with in-text citations and a Works Cited section in APA format to identify the original sources. Your Works Cited section is NOT counted as part of the 4 – 5- page length requirement.
You can learn more about the APA format for in-text citations and the Works Cited sections by accessing the PCC Library’s APA Citation Style PageLinks to an external site.
At least 4 sources of information are cited in your essay and identified in a Works Cited section. At least 2 of these sources must be academic literature (i.e. articles in peer-reviewed academic journals). You may include any of the relevant class readings as part of your 4 required sources.
To find relevant sources of information, try some keyword searches using the PCC Library Online DatabasesLinks to an external site.
FIRST DRAFT Grading Rubric
Essay First Draft grading criteria
20 Points 15 Points 10 Points 0 Points TOTAL Points
First Draft First draft is complete and includes in-text citations and a Works Cited page in APA format The first draft is largely complete with in-text citations, but may be missing a conclusion OR a Works Cited page The first draft is not complete and is missing a conclusion OR in-text citations AND a Works Cited page The first draft was not submitted 20
FINAL DRAFT Grading Rubrics
Essay Final Draft Content grading criteria
20 Points 15 Points 10 Points 0 Points Total Points
All assigned questions are answered in sufficient detail; at least two lines of supporting scientific evidence are discussed One question is not answered in sufficient detail; OR only one line of supporting scientific evidence is discussed One question is not answered at all; OR no supporting scientific evidence discussed One question not answered at all AND no supporting scientific evidence is discussed 20
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