Week 2 – 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.
The Role of the Writer [WLOs: 1, 3] [CLOs: 1, 5]
Now that you have a topic and have begun research, it’s time to engage in the writing process. In this discussion, we’ll reflect upon the role of “writer” and how we can become more comfortable as writers.
Prior to completing the discussion, read Chapter 3 in College Writing Handbook, examine Steps to Avoiding Plagiarism (Links to an external site.), and review the discussion grading criteria. Then, explore College Writing Handbook Chapter 2 “Web Resources”—watch at least one item from Inspiration from Successful Writers and read at least one article from Essays on Writing.
Take careful notes as you watch the video and read the essay. Think about your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as a student writer.
Summarize the video and article that you reviewed for this assignment and cite the summaries in APA style. (See Quoting, Paraphrasing, & Summarizing (Links to an external site.) and Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.)). Compare and contrast the messages in the two web resources, including a comparison of subject, occasion, audience, purpose, and speaker (SOAPS) in each (See Action Words in Academic Writing (Links to an external site.) and Section 1.2 Understanding Context). Share what you learned from the materials this week and identify your confidence in (or concerns about) your role as a college-level writer. You are invited to share relevant audio, video, or images in your post.
To create a reference citation for a YouTube video:
Lastname, F. M. [Screen name]. (Year, Month Day). Title of video [Video file]. Retrieved from http://xxxxxxxx
If the name is unavailable:
Screen name. (Year, Month Day). Title of video [Video file]. Retrieved from http://xxxxxxxx
To create a reference citation for an online article:
Lastname, F. M. (Year, Month Day). Title of article. Title of Online Periodical. Retrieved from http://xxxxxxxx
To create a paraphrase or summary citation:
Last name or Screen name and year of publication
Jackson (2018) claimed that…
To create a quote citation:
Last name or screen name, year of publication, and timestamp (MM:SS)/(HH:MM:SS) or paragraph number (para. #)
(TED, 2014, 03:25)
(Jackson, 2018, para. 5)
Jackson (2018) claimed that “this is an example of a direct quote” (para. 5).
Respond to Peers
You are expected to engage in this discussion on multiple days throughout the week, Tuesday through Monday. Log in frequently from your computer or through the mobile app to stay engaged.
As you read each of your classmates’ posts, find opportunities to discuss the perspectives presented in each web resource. Share ideas, explore differences, and think critically about your classmates’ self-reflections as college-level writers. Offer advice and information from your work this week to support and encourage classmates. Work together to take action and gain confidence in your writing abilities. You are invited to share relevant audio, video, or images to 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 2 Discussion: Distinguished Performance
Provides in-depth analysis of the web resources, including unique insight and perspective. Clearly identifies and explains each rhetorical situation through a basic SOAPS analysis.
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 web resources to personal experience. 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 are clear and understandable. Images are appropriate and well formatted. The message is clear and error-free.