Ashford 3: – Week 2 – Discussion 2
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. Reference the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
Paraphrasing, Quoting, and Academic Honesty Workshop
As you prepare to write your second discussion for this week, take a few moments to do the following:
Read Chapters 2 and 4 in the textbook.
Review the Ashford Writing Center (AWC) articles on
Good Paragraph Development: As Easy as P.I.E.
Essay Structure, Guidelines for Paraphrasing Sources
Guidelines for Quoting Sources.
Review the grading rubric for this discussion.
Before drafting your initial post, take time to reflect on one of the paragraphs in your paper. Does your topic sentence in that paragraph support your thesis statement? Is the claim in your topic sentence fully developed in the rest of the body paragraph? Think about your topic sentence’s claim and how you will add credibility to your writing.
Write (due Thursday, Day 3)
In 200 to 300 words, share one of your body paragraphs. Your paragraph must include a topic sentence, one direct quote, and one paraphrased passage. Integrate both of these elements into your paragraph using proper APA in-text citations. In a final paragraph, provide the original text that you are paraphrasing. Include an APA-formatted reference list for the sources noted in the body of your paragraph.
In a separate paragraph,
Explain how your topic sentence supports your thesis statement.
Explain how the quoted and paraphrased material supports your claims and/or adds credibility to your writing.
Guided Response (due Monday, Day 7)
In 125 to 200 words each, discuss and critique the paragraphs of at least two of your classmates. Please analyze and discuss the
Use of APA formatting.
Integration of the direct quote and paraphrased material.
Questions and concerns regarding the development of the paragraph and topic sentence.
Substantiate your ideas and suggestions with specific examples from your classmates’ paragraphs and the assigned reading materials.