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The 3C Social Media Challenge

In order to help prepare you for part of your novel study, you are going to be asked
to try your best to participate in the 3C Social Media Challenge. Here is the
challenge: How long can you go without using social media, social texting, or social
gaming?
Before, you read any further, please understand that in asking you to do this,
I am not trying to point out the social media or social texting is bad. Rather, the
purpose of the challenge is to help you examine the degree of importance of these
activities to you and to examine why they are so important to you. You will be using
the perspectives at various points in the novel study.

So, here is the assignment, the expectations, and how it


will work:
The challenge begins on Wednesday, April 6 th and will run until the evening of
Wednesday, April 13th. Each day of the week of the challenge, you will be asked to
journal about your attempts to do the challenge. Here are some things your journal
might contain:
a) What are your thoughts and feelings about this challenge?
b) To what extent do these thoughts and feelings change over the course of the
week?
c) What is it like, not social texting, social gaming, or using social media?
d) If you cant give up social media or social texting, what is it about these
activities that make them impossible for you to give up? What sorts of things
are you doing with social media that makes giving it up temporarily a hard
thing to do?
e) If you tried to give it up, what sorts of things have you tried doing instead of
these activities?
f) What observations can you make about the times you were able to go
without social texting, social gaming, or social media?
g) How long were you able to go without these things? If (when) you started
using social media, social gaming, or started social texting, again, what made
you go back what was it that you just had to do or find out?
NOTE: If you do not use social media, if you dont game socially, or dont text
socially at all, you will have a different series of questions to consider as we go
through this journal process. Some of these will be posted daily on the board for you
to consider. Others will include: Why dont you engage in social media, social
gaming, or social texting? What do you do instead? What are the benefits (for you)
of not participating in all of these activities? What are the drawbacks for you?

At the end of the process, you will consolidate your journal entries into
one journal (with many paragraphs) and put them into a good copy and
hand them in.

Here is the rubric:


Thinking

Communicat
ion

Level 4 (80-100%)

Level 3 (70-79%)

Level 2 (60-69%)

Level 1 (50-59%)

DNMR

The journal
demonstrates a
consistent
willingness on the
part of the
student to truly
consider the
questions asked
during the
challenge.

The journal
demonstrates a
reasonable
willingness on the
part of the student
to truly consider the
questions asked
during the challenge.

The journal
demonstrates some,
but inconsistent,
willingness on the
part of the student
to truly consider the
questions asked
during the
challenge.

The journal
demonstrates a limited
willingness on the part
of the student to truly
consider the questions
asked during the
challenge.

Does Not
Meet
Requireme
nts

The journal
demonstrates limited
ability on the part of
the student to use the
challenge to examine
this particular aspect of
his/her life. A few
insights and
observations are
thoughtful and
interesting.

Does Not
Meet
Requireme
nts

The journal is
formatted and
organized with some
effectiveness.

The journal is
formatted and
organized with limited
effectiveness

Does Not
Meet
Minimum
Expectatio
ns

The journal has


some grammatical
issues: There are
two or more run
ons, comma splices,
sentence fragments,
capitalization issues,
etc, some of which
seriously hinder
reader
understanding.

The journal has many


grammatical errors:
There are at least three
run ons, comma
splices, sentence
fragments,
capitalization issues,
etc, some of which
seriously hinder reader
understanding.

The journal
demonstrates
excellent ability
on the part of the
student to use the
challenge to
examine this
particular aspect
of his/her life.
Insights and
observations are
always thoughtful
and interesting.
The journal is
formatted and
organized
expertly and is
very neat and
legible.
The journal is
grammatically
excellent: few, if
any, run ons,
comma splices,
sentence
fragments,
capitalization
issues, etc.
The journal
demonstrates

The journal
demonstrates
reasonable ability on
the part of the
student to use the
challenge to
examine this
particular aspect of
his/her life. Insights
and observations are
often thoughtful and
interesting.

The journal is
formatted and
organized
competently and is
neat and legible.
The journal is
grammatically
competent: A few
run ons, comma
splices, sentence
fragments,
capitalization issues,
etc. At least one
error in the journal
makes
understanding for
the reader difficult.

The journal
demonstrates some,
but inconsistent,
ability on the part of
the student to use
the challenge to
examine this
particular aspect of
his/her life. Insights
and observations
are sometimes
thoughtful and
interesting.

The journal
demonstrates some

The journal
demonstrates limited
ability to use a variety

Does Not
Meet
Minimum
Expectatio
ns

Does Not
Meet
Minimum
Expectatio

excellent ability to
use a variety of
sentence
structures.
The journal has an
interesting and
engaging sense of
tone and voice.

The journal
demonstrates a
reasonable ability to
use a variety of
sentence structures.
The journal has
clearly attempted to
create an interesting
and engaging sense
of tone and voice,
but the tone is not
consistent.

ability to use a
variety of sentence
structures.
The journal has a
fairly consistent
tone and voice, but
this tone is not
particularly
interesting and
engaging.

of sentence structures.

ns

The journal
demonstrates little
understanding of tone
and voice.

Does Not
Meet
Minimum
Expectatio
ns