umuc wrtg101 week 1 to week 5 dsicussion latest 2016 feb

| March 29, 2017

Do some prewriting related to your ideas for this essay. If you already have a topic in mind, you can use your prewriting to help you think about how you will develop the topic. If you don’t have a topic in mind, you can use your prewriting to help you come up with one. You might try brainstorming, webbing, outlining, or any number of strategies. Please describe your results as a response to this discussion, by answering the following questions:

(1) What prewriting strategies did you find the most useful?

(2) What ideas did you come up with? If possible, you can copy your prewriting right into your response. If that is not possible, then write a few sentences describing your ideas.

After posting your answers, post a substantive response to a classmate. For example, you might ask a question about the person’s approach or make a suggestion.

The following task is designed to help you become familiar with UMUC’s Information and Library Services. Completing this exercise will help you get started on developing a topic for your third writing assignment, the research-supported essay.

Please watch the following video tutorial. The tutorial is designed to demonstrate some searching strategies when finding articles in the databases that UMUC subscribes to.

Video tutorial #1

.umuc.edu/de/csi/2012_library_tutorials/tutorial_01/tutorial_01.html”>http://polaris.umuc.edu/de/csi/2012_library_tutorials/tutorial_01/tutorial_01.html

Video tutorial #2

.umuc.edu/de/csi/2012_library_tutorials/tutorial_02/tutorial_02.html”>http://polaris.umuc.edu/de/csi/2012_library_tutorials/tutorial_02/tutorial_02.html

(I want to add that the library login procedure has changed since the videos were produced. Instead of logging in with your last name and student ID, you will use the same username and password that you use to log into your online classes.)

After you have watched the tutorials, please complete the following tasks. Post your responses to this conference thread.

Choose a topic that you would like to know more about. You can choose a pretty general topic to start, like “technology and education” or “nursing careers.” You will use your library searches to help you focus your search.

Search the library to find three articles on the topic you selected. Try to use some search phrases that require that you use quotation marks, as the video demonstrates.

Now look in the search results for additional key words or other search terms that you can use to enhance your search. If you started with a broad topic, these could be keywords that help you focus your search on a more specific aspect of your topic.

Please post answers the following questions:

(1) What search terms did you initially search?

(2) What are three article that you found?

(3) What additional keywords or search terms did you find that enhanced your search?

After posting your response, post a substantive response to a classmate. For example, you might ask a question about the person’s approach or make a suggestion.

week 2

This week you will submit the rough draft of your second writing assignment, the comparison-contrast essay. The purposes of this discussion topic are for you to make sure you have a clear topic and points of comparison and to see what topics and strategies your fellow students are using for that essay.

Before responding to this thread, you should have read through the instructions for WA #2. For your ease of reference they can be accessed by clicking .google.com/site/wrtg101101swasf2015/home/wa2″>here.

For your comparison-contrast essay, you will need two subjects to compare/contrast. You will also need three points of comparison/contrast — three areas in which you can compare/contrast your two subjects. For example, if you are comparing/contrasting two computer software programs, three possible points of comparison/contrast are the functionality, the user interface, and the cost.

Please post the following to this discussion:

-Your topic for the comparison-contrast essay

-The three points of comparison/contrast that you will develop in the essay

Please also post a substantive response to a classmate. For example, you might ask a question about the person’s post or make a suggestion.

.5em=”” 0px=”” 1em;=”” padding:=”” 0px;=”” border:=”” outline:=”” font-size:=”” 13px;=”” color:=”” rgb(53,=”” 53,=”” 53);=”” font-family:=”” ‘pt=”” sans’,=”” sans-serif;=”” background:=”” rgb(250,=”” 250,=”” 250);”=””>A topic sentence provides the controlling idea for a paragraph. Strong topic sentences can help the writer stay on track and help guide the reader through a piece of writing.
Please refer to the information on topic sentence on pages 232-243 in .umuc.edu/d2l/orgtools/equellaQuicklink/default.aspx?ou=6606&action=get&url=https%3a%2f%2fumuc.equella.ecollege.com%2finteg%2fgen%2f8dcb8dde-66f5-48ff-b636-5990d08e795e%2f1%2fWRTG101-0509.zip%2fModules%2feResources%2fWritingSuccess%2fChapter6_WritingforSuccess.pdf”>Chapter 6 of Writing for Success.

Complete the following:

Exercise 1 on page 234

Exercise 3 on page 236

Post your answers in this discussion.

Also post a substantive response to a classmate. For example, you might ask a question about the person’s post or make a suggestion.

week 3

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Please watch the following tutorial on developing transitions in your writing:

.umuc.edu/ewc/tutorials/transitions/”>http://polaris.umuc.edu/ewc/tutorials/transitions/

After you have observed the video, please read over pages 232-246 in .umuc.edu/d2l/orgtools/equellaQuicklink/default.aspx?ou=6606&action=get&url=https%3a%2f%2fumuc.equella.ecollege.com%2finteg%2fgen%2f8dcb8dde-66f5-48ff-b636-5990d08e795e%2f1%2fWRTG101-0509.zip%2fModules%2feResources%2fWritingSuccess%2fChapter6_WritingforSuccess.pdf”>Chapter 6 of Writing for Success.

Following that step, please peruse the following website:

.writingcommons.org/open-text/writing-processes/organize/paragraphs”>http://www.writingcommons.org/open-text/writing-processes/organize/paragraphs

Then complete exercise 6 on pages 245-246. Please post your answers in this discussion.

Also post a substantive response to a classmate’s post. For example, you might ask a question or make a suggestion.

.5em=”” 0px=”” 1em;=”” padding:=”” 0px;=”” border:=”” outline:=”” font-size:=”” 13px;=”” color:=”” rgb(53,=”” 53,=”” 53);=”” font-family:=”” ‘pt=”” sans’,=”” sans-serif;=”” background:=”” rgb(250,=”” 250,=”” 250);”=””>The following task is designed to expand your familiarity with UMUC’s Information and Library Service’s OneSearch function. Completing this exercise will help you get started on developing a topic for your second writing assignment, the cause-effect essay, and your third writing assignment, the research-supported essay.
Please review the same video tutorial that you watched for our earlier exercise. The tutorial is designed to demonstrate some searching strategies when finding articles in the databases that UMUC subscribes to.

Video tutorial #1

.umuc.edu/de/csi/2012_library_tutorials/tutorial_01/tutorial_01.html”>http://polaris.umuc.edu/de/csi/2012_library_tutorials/tutorial_01/tutorial_01.html

After you have watched the tutorial, please complete the following tasks. Post your responses to this conference thread.

For the previous exercise, you found an article that provided additional key words or other search terms that you could use to enhance your search. For this exercise, please use some of those terms or use terms that relate to a topic you have in mind for your second writing assignment. (Refer to the assignment instructions .google.com/site/wrtg101101swasf2015/home/wa2″>here.)

Use the Boolean operator “OR” or the Boolean operator “AND” as the video demonstrates, and type in some of the terms you selected. Then please answer these questions:

1. What was the topic on which you searched? What search terms did you use?

2. Did you use AND or OR with your search terms? Why?

3. How many hits did you get as a result of using AND or OR with your search terms?

Also post a substantive response to a classmate’s post. For example, you might ask a question about the person’s post or make a suggestion.

week 4

Charles Bazerman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He wrote a textbook, The Informed Writer.

This discussion thread draws from chapter 1 of the book. Please click.colostate.edu/textbooks/informedwriter/chapter1.pdf”>here to access chapter 1.

On page 3, Bazerman mentions the relationships between writing and speaking and between writing and reading. “Reading and writing go hand in hand,” he notes.

On page 4, Bazerman discusses the distinctions between writing and speaking. He also describes how tone and audience are influenced differently in both writing and speaking.

On page 5, he mentions the art of “listening,” both for a speaker and for a writer.

On page 5, he describes a bicycle accident. If you have a bicycle accident as he describes on this page, you may later write three email messages—one to your mother, one to your friend, and one to the insurance company. He describes these three audiences and how the letters to each will be different because the audiences are distinct and, therefore, the purposes are different.

Consider any piece of writing you have completed in the past six months—for school, for work, for a situation in your community, or some other context. Who was the audience, and how did the audience affect how you approached this piece of writing?

Please write one paragraph of 5-6 sentences or so in your response. Please draw upon analysis from chapter 1 from Bazerman. You may also draw upon .equella.ecollege.com/file/82ead5f0-6905-43ab-8345-42da0e84bb0f/1/Chapter6_WritingforSuccess.pdf”>chapter 6 of Writing for Success. Refer specifically to the advice in one or both of these sources as you construct your paragraph.

Also post a substantive response to a classmate’s post. For example, you might ask a question about the person’s post or make a suggestion.

Start a New Thread

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The following task is designed to expand your familiarity with UMUC’s Information and Library Service’s OneSearch function.
As with the previous two library tasks, completing this exercise will help you prepare for the third writing assignment, the research-supported essay.

Please watch the following video tutorial.

Video tutorial #3

.umuc.edu/de/csi/2012_library_tutorials/tutorial_03/tutorial_03.html”>http://polaris.umuc.edu/de/csi/2012_library_tutorials/tutorial_03/tutorial_03.html

After you have watched the tutorial, please complete the following tasks. Post your responses to this conference thread.

Conduct a search on a topic of your choice. You might use a search that you developed in a previous discussion topic. If you have a different topic in mind for your research essay (that fits within the options provided), you can use that.

Next, follow the instructions provided on the video and select a new database on the right-hand side of your screen. Then answer the following questions:

-What were your search terms?

-What database did you select on the right-hand side? Why did you select this database?

-How many hits do you find?

Also post a substantive response to a classmate’s post. For example, you might ask a question about the person’s post or make a suggestion.

week 5

The concept taught in this video is one that many students have questions about. The website that this video tutorial reviews does a nice job in explaining strategies in how to cite a source in a paragraph.

The website on which this video is based is at the following url:

.libanswers.com/faq/32328″>http://rasmussen.libanswers.com/faq/32328

You have submitted the comparison-contrast essay (Writing Assignment #2), which used sources, and you are now working on the research-based cause-effect essay (Writing Assignment #3), which makes even greater use of sources. Please select a paragraph from either your Writing Assignment #2 or your Writing Assignment #3 that uses information from the same source in more than one sentence. Then apply what you learned from the video tutorial and website to effectively cite the source in your paragraph. Post your paragraph here.

Please also post a substantive response to another student’s post. For example, you might ask a question or make a suggestion.

Start a New Thread

.5em=”” 0px=”” 1em;=”” padding:=”” 0px;=”” border:=”” outline:=”” font-size:=”” 13px;=”” color:=”” rgb(53,=”” 53,=”” 53);=”” font-family:=”” ‘pt=”” sans’,=”” sans-serif;=”” background:=”” rgb(250,=”” 250,=”” 250);”=””>lease read over pages 346-353 in .umuc.edu/d2l/orgtools/equellaQuicklink/default.aspx?ou=6606&action=get&url=https%3a%2f%2fumuc.equella.ecollege.com%2finteg%2fgen%2f8dcb8dde-66f5-48ff-b636-5990d08e795e%2f1%2fWRTG101-0509.zip%2fModules%2feResources%2fWritingSuccess%2fChapter9_WritingforSuccess.pdf”>Chapter 9 Writing for Success.
Then consider your essay for writing assignment #3, the research-supported essay.

Post a possible thesis statement for your essay, along with three three possible supporting points. Include a topic sentence for each supporting point.

Then, post a substantive response to another student’s post. For example, you might ask a question or make a suggestion.

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