css.php
August 27, 2019

Essay #1: Transcultural Interview

Assignment Description

For this assignment, you will interview someone (a friend or acquaintance) who comes from a culture that is different from your own about a social, political, economic, or cultural issue of your choice. The goal for this assignment is to conduct an intimate inquiry into how one’s cultural background shapes one’s perspectives and worldviews. Your interview will be semi-structured: You will develop a series of formal questions that will help you gain deep insight into your interviewee’s background and perspectives.

Following your interview, you will compose a 2-3 page (500-750 word) profile that (1) describes and analyzes your interviewee’s cultural background and viewpoints and (2) reflects on the similarities and differences between his or her experiences and your own. Your essay should not be just a summary of your subject’s responses, but rather an analysis of how your subject’s culture influences his or her worldviews and compare and contrast their perspective with your own. You are encouraged (but not required) to incorporate outside primary or secondary sources to create a broader view of your subject.

Throughout the writing process, you will engage in a series of short writing assignments designed to help you hone your research and writing skills while examining the behaviors of others.

  • SUBJECT DESCRIPTION
    • Provide a brief description (250-500 words) of the individual you intend to interview that includes his/her gender, approximate age, cultural background, and viewpoint on your chosen topic. Be sure to use a pseudonym (a made-up name) to protect the privacy of your interviewee unless he/she gave you written permission to share his or her identity.
  • INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
    • Draft 8-10 interview questions to guide your discussion with your subject. Be sure to include a combination of both closed and open questions in order to gather background information and elicit your subject’s perspective.
  • INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT
    • You are expected to have a voice recorder and notebook/pen with you during the interview. Record the whole interview and transcribe it word for word. Note: Your subject must grant consent for you to record. Be sure to include the statement below at the top of your transcription: I have permission from my interviewee to record the interview. The following is an exact transcript of the interview recording.
  • REFLECTION
    • Along with your final draft, you will submit a 1-2 page (250-500 words) Reflection in which you address several questions about your experience conducting this interview including (but not limited to):
      • Were there any gender, class, race, or age differences that may have affected the way you approached your subject?
      • How did you try to either acknowledge or erase these differences and to what extent were you successful? 
      • How did your interactions change over time in talking with and understanding your subject and his/her worldview?

Format

2-3 pages (500-750 words); Size 12 font, Times New Roman, standard margins, double-spaced.

Cite all sources in proper APA format. You must include a Works Cited page with your essay. *Note: Works Cited page does not count toward the word count.

Submission

Upload a digital copy of your Final Draft and 1-2 page Reflection via Blackboard before 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct 2nd.

Timeline

SEPT 5  REVIEW ESSAY #1 ASSIGNMENT
SEPT 9 SUBJECT DESCRIPTION DUE
SEPT 16 INTERVIEW QUESTIONS DUE
SEPT 23 INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT DUE
SEPT 25 ESSAY #1 FIRST DRAFT DUE
SEPT 27 PEER REVIEW COMMENTS DUE
OCT 2 ESSAY #1 FINAL DRAFT + REFLECTION DUE

 

Evaluation Rubric

Headline/Lead – 10%

  • Is your headline original and catchy? Does it entice the reader to jump right into the story?
  • Are your opening paragraphs intriguing and memorable? Do they capture the essence of the story? Do they draw the reader in and make them want to read more? 

Content – 30%

  • Does your essay provide a compelling analysis of how your subject’s culture influences his/her perspective and how these experiences compare to your own? 
  • Are your ideas united and logically organized in a way that leads to a thought-provoking conclusion?

Development –  25%

  • Do you show this person’s personality through description?
  • Do you provide important background about this person?
  • Do you use quotes to show how your subject talked?

Organization – 20%

  • Does your essay have a coherent structure?
  • Are your paragraphs focused on distinct units of thought, controlled by specific and detailed topic sentences?
  • Do you implement appropriate, clear, and smooth transitions?

Style – 10%

  • Are the sentences well-worded and well-constructed? Should some sentences be combined for clarity? Should others be broken into two or more sentences, so ideas receive proper emphasis? 
  • Do you use quotations and APA citations effectively?

Grammar & Mechanics – 5%

  • Have you proofread and edited your piece for grammatical and punctuation errors?

Grade Weights

Essay #1: Transcultural Interview 15%
Subject Description 1%
Interview Questions 1%
Interview Transcript 1%
First Draft + Peer Review 1%
Final Draft 10%
Reflection 1%

 

 

Need help with the Commons? Visit our
help page
Send us a message
Skip to toolbar