Week 1 – Discussion ENG122: English Composition II ASHFORD UNIVERSITY
Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above and the Grading Criteria link below for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
Response to Reading: Community and Responsibility [WLOs: 1, 2, 3] [CLOs: 1, 2]
In this discussion, we’ll continue the brainstorming process by discussing social and civic responsibility and how it applies to our unique communities. (See Section 2.1: The Writing Process: Planning and Prewriting Strategies.) Through this discussion, you will arrive at a topic for the research-based writing project in this class.
Prior to participating in this discussion, read Chapter 1 in College Writing Handbook. Then, review the discussion grading criteria and read “My Adventures as a Social Poet”, written by Langston Hughes in 1947. Re-read this short essay as many times as necessary to comprehend the words and their meaning.
After reading “My Adventures as a Social Poet,” reflect upon its message. Think about community members’ responsibilities to one another. Consider the biggest issues facing your community today.
Why is it important for us to write about social issues? Why does your research and your writing matter?
Remind the class of your community. Explain how Hughes’ words relate to you. Include reasons why you have a responsibility to your community. Hughes felt compelled to write about racial inequality, social injustice, and African-American culture. What compels you?
As you discuss social responsibility, talk about specific issues that affect your community. Use this discussion to identify a broad topic for the research-based argument we will be writing in this class. If you are having trouble choosing a single topic, solicit advice from your classmates.
Remember to cite the source in APA style. (See Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.).) For example:
Hughes (1947) said that he was banned from certain places because his poetry tackled the subjects of “poverty, oppression, and segregation” (p. 207).
While Hughes (1947) said that he was able to write about universal, romantic themes, he was more interested in writing about the issues that impacted the African-American community.
End your post with a proper reference citation in APA style, too. (See Formatting Your Reference List (Links to an external site.)):
Hughes, L. (1947). My adventures as a social poet. Phylon, 8(3), 205-212. doi:10.2307/272335
Note: Double-spacing and hanging indent are not required in discussions due to formatting limitations in the discussion forum.
Respond to Peers
You are expected to engage in this discussion on multiple days throughout the week, Tuesday – Monday. Log in frequently from your computer or through the mobile app to stay engaged.
As you respond to your classmates’ posts, discuss your unique perspectives on social responsibility and the issues your classmate has identified within their community. Address your classmates’ topic selection and work together to decide if the topic is too broad, too narrow, or just right. Help your classmates remain objective and unbiased in their approach to the topic. You are invited to share relevant audio, video, or images in your responses.
Be sure to participate in meaningful conversation with multiple classmates in this discussion, which will close at the end of the learning week. This discussion will be assessed on a 10-point scale and is worth 5% of your final grade.
Week 1 Discussion: Distinguished Performance
Provides in-depth analysis of the reading assignment, including unique insight and perspective. Clearly identifies and explains social responsibility in detail. Arrives at a strong and effective topic by the end of the week. Helps others to achieve the same goal.
Engages in ongoing in-depth conversation with at least three different classmates on three different days throughout the week. Follows up with those who are responding in return. Reviews and responds to posts made by the instructor.
Applies the reading to issues in the community. Approaches others with fair-mindedness and respect. Is willing to consider other viewpoints. Asks classmates clarifying questions and points out other perspectives. Takes time to “think out loud” and explain ideas in detail.
Text is well-written and proofread. Audio and video is clear and understandable. Images are appropriate and well-formatted. Images are appropriate and well-formatted. The message is clear and error-free.
Reply to Week 1 – Discussion
Before beginning your discussion response, please review the attached video for more context and explanation on this Week 1 Discussion.