Essay Assignment #2 – Water’s Journey


At the Florida Springs website, above, watch parts 1, 2, and 3 of Water’s Journey: Hidden Rivers of Florida. In this video, you will discover the underground system of caves and tunnels and the journey of water beneath society on its way to springs.


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If the above link doesn’t work, use these youtube links instead to watch the videos:

Water’s Journey: Hidden Rivers of Florida, Part 1 of 3 (Links to an external site.)

Water’s Journey: Hidden Rivers of Florida, Part 2 of 3 (Links to an external site.)

Water’s Journey: Hidden Rivers of Florida, Part 3 of 3 (Links to an external site.)

For further info on Florida Springs, check out this link from the Florida Springs Institute: (Links to an external site.)

Watch the video at the link above and then provide a review of the video, describing the connections between human society above ground, and the quality of aquifers below ground. This assignment will be evaluated based on how well the response summarizes the main points of the video, utilizing proper grammar and spelling, and creative writing skills. Your response must be between 1000-1500 words in length. Please use Microsoft Word or PDF when completing your assignment. See below for detailed grading rubric.

You must write in your own words, as Turnitin will be used to check for plagiarism. As per the course policy, plagiarism will have serious consequences. Detailed information on what constitutes Plagiarism is provided in USF Regulation 3.027. 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:

Assignment objectives:

  • Provide a short summary of the video
  • Provide a description of at least 2 ways that Floridians are impacting the springs
  • Based on your readings and the video, offer at least 2 innovative solutions to these impacts


Rubric (1)

Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAccuracy of summaryMake sure you have watched and understood the contents of the video.

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

b) Your summary should be written in a concise and coherent manner.

c) Your summary should be in your OWN words and within 250 words.

25.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAssignment Objectives & ContentThe content of your essay should be primarily based on the objectives of the assignment.

2 ways Floridian are impacting the springs: 50 points

2 innovative solutions to these impacts: 40 points

Essays that provide underdeveloped and inadequate responses to the subparts 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.

Consider this example. Two students provide waste management as an innovative solution. A student that further delves into how waste management can curb the impact on springs, discuss its implementation strategy, and consider other details will receive a higher grade than someone who only states “we should not discard our trash in the sinkholes”.

90.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFormat & StyleFormat your essay in APA style. Adhere to the word limit (1000 – 1500 words) and standard font, correct margins, spacing, and indentation.

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

10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGrammar & SyntaxYour essay should be grammatically consistent. Spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors create a distraction, makes reading difficult, and eventually result in the loss of points. Do not forget to proofread before submitting your work. 10.0 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.

10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCitations/References (minimum 2 sources)I expect students to pull out external sources such as textbook chapters, research papers, periodicals, etc. in their work. These sources can be used to provide examples and in-depth details to further support or refute the claims argued in your essay.

The way you integrate external sources is up to you. However, avoid relying too heavily on direct quotations. Remember to include all in-text citations and all the corresponding references at the end of the paper in an APA style.

5.0 pts
Total Points: 150.0


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