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devry ENGL-135 all week discussions




Question;Week 1 discussions;Exploring the Course Themes (graded);The;four course themes of education, technology, family, and health and wellness;are topics that touch each of our lives in some way. In this discussion;practice exploring the themes as a researcher would: by creating problem;statements.;How;do you do this? Ask and then answer the question using a sub-topic (see below).;Here?s an example. ?For whom is [school bullying] a problem?? In your post;provide the question and then the answer to the question. For example, ?School;bullying is a problem for victims of bullying because....? Complete the;statement based on your experience and knowledge.;Education;Technology;Family;Health;and Wellness;School Bullies;Multitasking and Technology;Sexualization of Girls;College Students and Weight Issues;No Child Left Behind Act/Race to;the Top;Technology and Social Isolation;Gender Discrimination;Childhood Obesity;Grade inflation;Perils of Social Networking;Unequal Rights in Marriage;Children;Fad Diets;College Students and Underage;Drinking;Online Dating/ Online;Predators/Sex Offenders;Children of Divorce;Junk Food;Student Debt;Illegal Downloading of Protected;Content;Domestic Violence;Sedentary Lifestyles;College Students, Cheating and;Plagiarism;Internet Censorship/ Classified;Information Leaks;Cyberbullying;Teenage Pregnancy;College Dropout Rates;Identity Theft;Life-Work (Im)balance/ Flexible;Work Schedules;Concussions in Athletes;High School Dropouts;Texting and Driving;Insurance Premiums for Smokers and;Obese Employees;2;Starting Your Research Process (graded);To;prepare for the letter to the editor assignment, conduct an Internet search to;find at least two articles that have been posted in the last month on one of;the topics (i.e., bullying). The goal is to find articles that take clear;positions on the topic. Share what you find and include the URL links to the;articles. After you?ve posted, assess a classmate?s links, indicating whether;you?d like to read or hear more about the topic and why.;Week 2 discussions;Argumentative Strategies (graded);In;research writing, what exactly do we mean by argument? Do we mean taking an;extreme position and standing our ground, whether or not the facts support our;position? Or do we mean instead convincing our audience by taking a reasonable;stance on an issue and supporting our position with appropriate evidence?;Define and explain the difference using examples.;Internet Reliability (graded);How;reliable is the Internet as a source of information for your research? What are;the ways you can validate information that you find on the Internet? Why is;this necessary? Use examples from the Information Literacy module you reviewed;this week.;Week 3 discssions;Presenting Ideas (graded);Persuasive;presenters have several traits in common. Browse through TED talks; or American Rhetoric Website at; to find notable speakers who demonstrate;strong communication traits. Compare and contrast the ways these speakers;meaningfully communicate ideas to their audiences. Include the URL link of the;speaker you choose to write about. In a short paragraph, respond to a;classmate?s post, indicating whether you agree or disagree with his or her;choice, and why.;Preparing the Research Proposal (graded);How;important is it to be personally invested in an idea? Can you sell an idea that;you have no stake in? Why or why not? Using one of the resources from the;Course Readings, provide an example of an author who is communicating in a way;that tells a reader that the author is credible and is a trustworthy source.;Week 4 discussions;Annotated Bibliography Entries (graded);In;your textbook (pp. 325?326), you?ll find a model of an annotated bibliography.;Review the model, focusing on the components of the entry: (1) the reference;citation, (2) the summary, and (3) the assessment. Then draft one reference;entry and two paragraphs from one of your sources. We?ll use the rest of the;week to peer review the entries to prepare you for this week?s assignment.;Argumentative Strategies (graded);In;presenting an argument, should a writer strive to be the final authority or a;reasonable voice on an issue? Review Chapter 22 to understand the difference.;Then, using your topic and one or more of your sources, define and provide an;example of arguable claim as opposed to a personal judgment.;Week 5 discussions;Analyzing a Sample Argument (graded);In the textbook, review the student essay on p. 199;?Allowing Guns on Campus Will Prevent Shootings, Rape.? In an abbreviated;format, the sample contains the elements that you will be including in your;Course Project. The controversial subject matter (the content) may engage you;right away. This is a sign that the writer is applying an argumentative;strategy. Focus on the organization. What do you notice about the way the topic;is introduced? How will your draft be similar or different?;Here is another argument:Are Kids Too;Coddled? Follow the link and read Frank Bruni's;argument about tougher standards versus "bruised egos," and answer;the questions below.;Organizational Patterns in Argument (graded);Let?s;look at samples of research-based writing: ?Nervous Nellies? on p. 328, ?From;Degrading to De-Grading? on p. 254, and ?How Many Zombies Do You Know?? on p.;290.;Review;each selection and include in your post responses to these questions. What do;you notice about how each is organized and presented? What kinds of appeals to;the audience does each author use? How are sources used in text?;Reading;Strategy Note: Unlike summary and paraphrase, which require close reading, for;this discussion use the reading strategy of skimming. Carefully read the;introductory paragraph, but then move quickly, reading only the topic sentence;of each paragraph. The goal is to compare and contrast the differences in the;presentation of the information in the document. Skim and review until you have;an impression you can share in the discussion.;Week 6 discussions;Rebuttals and Refutations (graded);Anticipating;readers? objections is one way to determine what other sections to include and;support in your paper. Practice writing a rebuttal or a refutation by taking;your thesis and considering the point of view of someone who believes;differently or even the opposite of the argument you are making. To do this;review Chapter 10, pp. 449?452 and post a paragraph that summarizes an;oppositional point of view to your thesis and then refutes it. As peers, reply;to one another explaining whether or not your classmates are presenting the;opposition objectively and whether the refutation is logical. Give one another;ideas or suggestions for points that may be left out or might need to be;further developed. The paragraph you draft here can be used in a section of;your Second Draft this week.;This section lists options that can be used to view responses.;Designing Your Course Project (graded);While;APA-style citation and format is required, you do have the flexibility in the;design of your Course Project to include a visual element. Review Chapter 17;pp. 382?387. How does the use of visual elements enhance or detract from the;presentation of research? Will you add graphs, charts, or images to your draft?;Why or why not?;Week 7 discussions


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