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College Composition: unit 6-8 Discussion and Assignments

Unit 6: Unit 6: Using and Citing Research Appropriately - Discussion Topics Discussion Discussion Plagiarism is often thought of only in the context of academic institutions, but there are many reported situations outside of the classroom where individuals use ideas from other people without giving proper credit. While in school, the consequences may be reflected in a student’s grade. Outside of school, the consequences may tarnish a professional’s reputation and potentially bring legal action. The Learning Activities included resources to help you avoid plagiarism, and this Discussion will give you an opportunity to practice those skills. For another helpful overview of plagiarism, review the TED Talks Punishable Perils of Plagiarism. Find a reliable secondary source related to your argument for change in your community or workplace. Then, choose a short passage that verifies or disputes your position. Respond to the following prompts in at least two well-developed paragraphs (not including the copied-and-pasted material from your secondary source): ● Describe the source you found, the process you used to find it, and why you selected it. What makes this a reliable source? Does it support or refute your argument? ● Paraphrase relevant information from a short passage in the source you found. Be sure to use in-text citations with any sentences paraphrasing ideas from the source, e.g., (Doe, 2013) or According to Jane Doe (2013). ● At the end of your post, provide a complete APA 6th Edition style references page citation for the source you found and copy/paste the original text that you paraphrased. Be sure to label clearly the part that is copied (e.g., original). Unit 6 Assignment Essay: An Annotated Bibliography organizes your research by way of APA citations and a short paragraph about each source. For this Assignment, you will create an Annotated Bibliography for four sources related to an argument for change. One of the sources should address an opposing viewpoint or misconception related to your topic. Your instructor will provide insightful feedback on the sources you find so you can determine whether to use them in the Unit 8 Assignment, a persuasive research essay. The following aspects are required for your Annotated Bibliography Assignment: Title page in APA manuscript format. Your revised thesis statement for an argument for change in your community or workplace. Four primary and secondary sources; one source should be a periodical or ebook, preferably from the Kaplan Library. Sources that would be appropriate are as follows: Book, ebook, article, or a chapter from book or ebook Periodical (e.g., newspaper, magazine, journal article) Internet source (e.g., blog, organization website, article from Internet site) Video or audio source (e.g., documentary, video blog, TED Talks , podcast) A primary source in which the authors of the content are the primary researchers (the ones who conducted research), e.g., a government report, case study, or speech At least one source should address an opposing viewpoint or misconception. APA citation for each source (this is the information you would normally include on a references page). Annotation for each source, which must include each of the following in a full paragraph: Brief summary of the source (no direct quotes from the source) and a parenthetical citation after the summary, e.g., (Smith, 2014) Evaluation of the source’s credibility, including the author’s credentials and the verifiability of the source’s information; this should include where you found the source (KU Library, Google search engine, government website, etc.) Discussion about the source’s usefulness to your argument for change in your community or workplace All writing must be in Standard American English. Use APA manuscript format throughout the Assignment. To help you complete this Assignment successfully, please review the resources noted below, including relevant articles from Kaplan University Writing Center that discuss how to write an annotated bibliography, find/evaluate research, and use APA citations. The previously noted Learning Activities related to evaluating sources will also help in your writing of this Assignment. KUWC: “How to Write an Annotated Bibliography ” KUWC: “Common Citations in APA Format ” KUWC: “Citing Sources Tutorial” (video) KUWC: “Internet-Only Sources” (podcast or transcript) KUWC: “APA Sample Title Page” (video or PDF) Click the following link to access the grading rubric your instructor will use when assessing your Assignment: Unit 6 Assignment Rubric. Click the following link to see a sample Assignment: Unit 6 Assignment Sample. Submitting your Unit 6 Assignment: Remember that you must use Word for this and all Assignments submitted for this class in order to be reviewed and graded by the instructor. When you are ready to submit it, go to the Unit 6 Dropbox and complete the steps below: Click the link that says “Submit an Assignment .” In the “Submit to Basket” menu, select Unit 6: Assignment Dropbox . In the “Comments” field, make sure to add at least the title of your paper. Click the “Add Attachments” button. Follow the steps listed to attach your Word document. To view your graded work, come back to the Dropbox or go to the Gradebook after your instructor has evaluated it. Unit 7: Unit 7: Organizing an Effective Argument - Discussion Topics Discussion Discussion Writers often face the challenge of too many ideas swirling about their heads when they sit down to draft an essay or other document. The swirling ideas can lead to writer’s block or a disorganized draft. This Discussion will help you bring order to an argument for change by using a graphic organizer like those in the KUWC resource “Graphic Organizers for Invention” or writing an outline. Your outline or graphic organizer should include at least four points that will help you to support your essay’s thesis statement; be sure to include that thesis statement in the outline or organizer in addition to the four supporting points. Once your ideas are organized, you will then draft a body paragraph that can then be revised for your persuasive essay in the next unit. Begin by reviewing the Unit 8 Assignment instructions, and then respond to all of the following prompts: ● Post an outline or graphic organizer that captures and organizes at least four ideas for your persuasive essay. Be sure to include the revised thesis statement in your outline or graphic organizer. Also, include at least one misconception or opposition point to your argument that you will need to rebut in the essay. ● Post a draft version of a body paragraph that would be appropriate for your persuasive essay. Unit 8: Unit 8: Writing an Argument for Change - Discussion Topics Discussion Discussion This Discussion gives you an opportunity to post a draft of your introduction paragraph for your persuasive essay so that you can receive feedback on its effectiveness from your peers and the instructor. You may find it helpful to post your introduction paragraph early in the unit so that you have time to revise it for the unit’s Assignment based on the feedback you receive and the insights you find from the Learning Activities. Include all of the following in your Discussion post: ● A draft of your introduction paragraph for your persuasive essay using one of the techniques described in the Learning Activities ● A thesis statement as the last sentence of your introduction ● An explanation of what motivated your decisions when writing the introduction, such as why you used a particular technique and the impact you want your introduction to have on your audience. unit 8 assignment essay: The academic essay Assignment in this unit will be a written, cohesive argument for the change in your community or workplace that you have been writing about throughout the course. The Assignment should take the form of a persuasive academic essay, in which you will provide reliable evidence from at least four sources to support the argument for change that you are advocating. You will also need to address a counter-argument or misconception about your topic within the essay, as the ability to do so is a key component of a strong argument. Essentially, the essay will reflect what you have learned about writing effectively, using research, and creating a logical argument to influence an audience. In accordance with Kaplan University’s plagiarism policy, students must not self-plagiarize by submitting an Assignment for two different grades; therefore, you must not submit a paper for this Assignment that has been graded in whole or in part for another class, whether at Kaplan or another institution. For further insights on self-plagiarism, please review KUWC’s resource, “Self-Plagiarism” (podcast or transcript). Podcast: https://kuportal-a.akamaihd.net/ascmedia/kuwc/podcasts/26selfplagiarism.mp3 Transcript: https://kucampus.kaplan.edu/DocumentStore/Docs11/pdf/WC/Self_plagiarism_podcast_draft.pdf Your persuasive essay will need to meet the following criteria: APA 6th Edition format for the document, including an appropriately formatted title page and References page A thesis statement at the end of the introduction paragraph Well-developed paragraphs that include evidence from sources to support your argument for a specific change in your community or workplace Four reliable sources should be cited within the text of the Assignment; at least one of the cited sources should be either a book/ebook or a periodical article, preferably from the Kaplan Library. All cited sources need to have full citations on a References page (except for any interviews you conduct, which only require in-text citations) Standard American English and a formal tone throughout the writing Only the third person point of view should be used Achieving the above criteria should be your main goal with your academic essay. A strong and well-supported argument will be at least 4 pages (1,000 words long), not including the title page and references page.
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