Wgbh Boston 2018 Musc Rise Of The Superstorms Si

Wgbh Boston 2018 Musc Rise Of The Superstorms Si

Wgbh Boston 2018 Musc Rise Of The Superstorms Si

Assignment: Review for “Rise of the Superstorms” (100 pts; 2000 word minimum, 2500 word maximum) Must be in pdf or doc format

Note: You cannot use the extra credit points earned from this assignment to replace Essay #2 or the Final Exam. Those must be completed in their entirety.

Watch the video at the following link: Link (Links to an external site.) https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/rise-of-the-su…

Video: “Rise of the Superstorms”: Witness the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in 2017. A NOVA Production by Sky Door Films for WGBH Boston© 2018 WGBH Educational Foundation

Summary of Assignment: Imagine you are a science writer for a local newspaper in a city located at sea level along the Gulf of Mexico. This city has not yet taken a direct hit from a hurricane. In the past thirty years, residential development has occurred at a rapid pace, along with an increase in the population. Most recent residents are retired professionals who have relocated from the upper Midwestern region of the United States, so have never experienced a hurricane and presumably, are not prepared for a direct hit from a tropical disturbance.

You are tasked with watching the NOVA documentary “Rise of the Superstorms” and writing a review of the video for the local newspaper. Your editor wants you to provide an accurate, science-based review that is meant to inform the local residents about the threats associated with tropical systems/hurricanes.

Using the template below, write your review in your own words.

Turnitin will be required, no references or in-text citations are allowed and your review must be from your point of view as a science writer. As per the course policy, plagiarism will have serious consequences. Detailed information on what constitutes Plagiarism is provided in USF Regulation 3.027 (Links to an external site.). Basically, using the exact words, opinions, or information from another source (websites, books, etc.) without citing that source will be considered plagiarism. Failure to abide by these guidelines and to cite all sources used will result in a “0” for the assignment, a report to the dean, and any further infractions will result in an “F” or “FF” grade for the course. USF libraries have various resources to help you with plagiarism and proper citations: http://guides.lib.usf.edu/c.php?g=451607&p=4980659 (Links to an external site.).


Headline: Be creative and include the title of the video (title in quotes)

Paragraph 1: Introduce the video and provide some background information about it, including the premise. Mention a few details about the video to introduce the readers to the video and help them understand the type of video you are reviewing. Give credit to company that published the video.

Paragraph 2: Summarize the story. When and where did it take place? What is the story about? What are the main points to the story (describe relationship between climate and storms)? In your opinion, what is the publisher trying to get across to the audience?

Paragraph 3: Talk about the people who were interviewed in the video. What is their expertise? Are they qualified to provide the scientific information necessary to inform the public? What do they say about the relationship between climate change and storm frequency and intensity? Do you, as a science writer, think they give sufficient evidence for their hypotheses?

Paragraph 4: What lessons did you learn from the video? What do you think your newspaper audience might learn from it? Provide and justify, based on the video, three recommendations to your audience (city residents) based on the premise of the video. These can be policy recommendations that residents should support, preparations that residents should make, etc. Use your imagination.

Paragraph 5: Provide a rating for the video so your audience knows whether it’s worth watching. You can make up your own or use a star rating (ex: 3 out of 5) or a grade rating (A, B, C, etc.). Provide justification for your rating.

Rubric – Rise of the Superstorms

Rubric – Rise of the Superstorms

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAccuracy of Introduction and SummaryMake sure you have watched and understood the contents of the video.

a) Your introduction and summary will be graded based on how well it reflects the information provided in the video.

b) Your review should be written in a concise and coherent manner which draws the audience in with interesting scientific facts.

c) Your review should be in your OWN words. No references or quotes allowed. Be creative with your audience!

25.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAssignment Objectives & ContentThe content of your review should be primarily based on the objectives of the assignment as a scientific critique of the video. The criteria described in each paragraph in the assignment should be clearly addressed in your writing. The information should be based on the scientific information provided in the video.

Reviews that provide underdeveloped and vague information will usually get a lower score as compared to the ones that demonstrate a higher level of thought, thoroughness, and effort in meeting the assignment objectives.

50.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFormat & StyleFormat your essay as a scientific review for a general audience. Adhere to the word limit (2000 – 2500 words) and standard 12 point font.

Respect these requirements, submit a neat and correctly assembled work, and earn full points!

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGrammar & SyntaxYour critique should be grammatically consistent. Spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors create a distraction, makes reading difficult, and eventually results in the loss of points. Do not forget to proofread before submitting your work.

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeStructure & OrganizationYour essay should be logically organized and well-thought-out. All paragraphs should have clear ideas and effective transitions.

You will lose points if there is no sense of organization to your work.

5.0 pts

Total Points: 100.0