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ENG121: English Composition I

ENG121: Week 5 – Final Paper

Week 5 – Final Paper

Final Critical Response Essay

[WLOs: 1, 7, 8] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4]

Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read and review the Sample Final Essay  download, and Chapters 4 and 5 of Essentials of College Writing. Also, view the ENG121 Week 5 Final Assignment: Final Paper (Links to an external site.) video. Lastly, view the following web pages: Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.)Grammar & Punctuation (Links to an external site.)Introduction to APA (Links to an external site.)Quoting, Paraphrasing, & Summarizing (Links to an external site.), and Writing a Discussion Board Post (Links to an external site.) from the Ashford Writing Center.

In Week 3, you wrote the rough draft of your Critical Response Essay in which you stated your critical response to one of the available library essays. This week you will complete and revise this draft and turn in your final essay.

As you are writing this essay, incorporate your instructor’s feedback from your Week 3 draft, Ashford Writing Center feedback, applicable peer reviews, and other activities completed throughout this course. Expand upon the prewriting done in the discussion forum for the past five weeks to provide specific details about the reading you selected, the topic that it explores, and your critical response to that topic.

In your paper,

  • Build on your Outline and Rough Draft by responding to the main points of your selected essay with a clear argument.
  • Revise and edit previous work, incorporating instructor feedback from previous submissions in the course.
  • Support your response with examples from the selected essay, and include at least one quote and one paraphrase (a total of two citations) in APA format.
  • State specific details about the essay you selected, the topic that it explores, and your critical response to that topic.
  • Produce academic argumentative writing using appropriate tone, style, and citation format as well as correct grammar, spelling, and sentence mechanics.
  • Include the structural components of academic writing: an introduction with a thesis, support paragraphs, and a conclusion.

The Final Critical Response Essay

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ENG121: Week 5 – Discussion 2

Week 5 – 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. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Reflection and Library Search [WLOs: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7] [CLOs: 1, 3, 4]
A final draft should be complete, well-developed, refined, and error-free. It is important to proofread your work for grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure before submitting it. A final draft must always represent your very best work. Grammarly is one tool that can help you identify errors and learn from your mistakes during the proofreading process. 
Step 1 Prepare.Prepare: Prior to beginning work on this discussion,View the following web pages: Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.)Grammar & Punctuation (Links to an external site.)Introduction to APA (Links to an external site.)Quoting, Paraphrasing, & Summarizing (Links to an external site.), and Writing a Discussion Board Post (Links to an external site.) from the Ashford Writing Center.Review the public literacy essays we’ve covered in previous weeks and pick one that is particularly interesting to you. It does not have to be the same one you used in your final essay.View the A Digital Library (Links to an external site.)Keywords are Critical (Links to an external site.), and How to Use FindIt@AU (Links to an external site.) tutorials from the Ashford University Library.Go to the Library and search for an essay that either advances the topic in the essay that was interesting to you or provides another point of view that is different from the original author’s.
Step 2 Reflect.Reflect: Using the critical reading methods, consider the main differences between the source you find and the text we read in class. How is the perspective different? How might the audience be different? How much time has passed and what events have happened between the two writings?
Step 3 Write.Write: Upon reflection, write at least three paragraphs (200-300 words for each paragraph) where you accomplish the following:Summarize the library essay you chose from the class and the essay you found in your library search.Make connections between the two pieces, explaining how you see the essay from your search communicating with the essay we read in class.Articulate any questions/curiosities/predictions/challenges you have based on the reading, and use examples from the essay to explain those.Incorporate a quote and/or paraphrase where appropriate with proper APA citation, including full citations at the end of your post.Your initial post must be at least 600 words in length and posted by Day 3. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly sources, and properly cite any references as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.).
Step 4 Discuss.Guided Response: Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7. In each response,State what have you learned as a result of reading about your peer’s experience as well as how it was similar to or different from your own experience.Address your classmate’s questions/curiosities/predictions/challenges that they faced.Response posts must be 125-200 words in length. You are not required to support your claims with additional scholarly sources; however, should you decide to use additional sources, make sure you properly cite any references.
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ENG121: English Composition I

ENG121: Week 5 – Discussion 1

Week 5 – Discussion 1

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 for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Response to Reading: Communication/Speaking Out {WLOs: 4, 5, 6, 7] [CLOs: 1, 3, 4]
A final draft should be complete, well-developed, refined, and error-free. It is important to proofread your work for grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure before submitting it. A final draft must always represent your very best work. Grammarly is one tool that can help you identify errors and learn from your mistakes during the proofreading process. 
Step 1 Prepare.Prepare: Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read all three of the following essays:View the following web pages: Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.)Grammar & Punctuation (Links to an external site.)Introduction to APA (Links to an external site.)Quoting, Paraphrasing, & Summarizing (Links to an external site.), and Writing a Discussion Board Post (Links to an external site.) from the Ashford Writing Center.The Audacity of VoiceCall and Response—Taking a StandMother Tongue
Step 2 Reflect.Reflect: Using the SQ3R reading method, consider how the author(s) you read are writing about communication/speaking out, and how they view and interact with the idea of communication/speaking out. Also think about how those points of view compare to your own perceptions of what you see as communicating/speaking out.
Step 3 Write.Write: Upon reflection, select ONE of the above essays on place and write at least three paragraphs (200-300 words for each paragraph) where you accomplish the following:Summarize what you read and explain what parts of the SQ3R process helped you.Make connections between what you read about communicating/speaking out and other knowledge/experience/observations you have had about communicating/speaking out.Articulate any questions/curiosities/predictions/challenges you have based on the reading and use examples from the essay to explain those.Incorporate a quote and/or paraphrase where appropriate with proper APA citation.Your initial post must be at least 600 words in length and posted by Day 3. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly sources, and properly cite any references as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.).
Step 4 Discuss.Respond to Peers: Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7. In each response,State what have you learned as a result of reading about your peer’s experience, as well as how it was similar to or different from your own experience.Address your classmate’s questions/curiosities/predictions/challenges that they faced.Response posts must be at least 200 words in length. If you have questions about how to participate in discussions, consult “About Discussions” under the Course Home menu. You are not required to support your claims with additional scholarly sources; however, should you decide to use additional sources, make sure you properly cite any references. Refer to the Ashford Writing Center’s Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.).This discussion will be assessed on a 10-point scale and is worth 5% of your final grade
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ENG121: English Composition I

ENG121: Week 4 – Discussion

Week 4 – Discussion

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 for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Ashford Writing Center – Revision [ WLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4] [CLOs: 2, 3, 4]
Step 1 Prepare.Prepare: Prior to beginning work on this discussion,View the following websites: Paper Review (Links to an external site.)Grammar & Punctuation (Links to an external site.), and Writing a Paper from the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.).Read Chapter 7: Revising, Editing, and Proofreading in Essentials of College Writing.Read and reflect upon the feedback received from the Ashford Writing Center’s Paper Review once you receive it. For instructions on how to retrieve your reviewed paper, see the Writing Center’s Paper Review (Links to an external site.) page.
Step 2 Reflect.Reflect: Review the feedback you received from the Ashford Writing Center and consider how you will apply their suggestions as you develop your draft into a final critical response essay. Consider the revision, proofreading, and editing steps you have taken in the last two weeks. Were they effective? How can you make the revision process—especially proofreading and editing—a part of every assignment in college and the workplace? 
Step 3 Write.Write: Your initial post must be 300-400 words in length and posted by Day 3. In your initial post, please do the following:Isolate a section of your paper (for example, the introduction and first few body paragraphs) that was heavily revised. Post your original paragraphs and your final, revised paragraphs based on the Writing Center’s feedback in the discussion. Be sure to label them accordingly.Respond to the feedback by offering:A summary of what you learned from their comments;The top three issues uncovered in your work (e.g. thesis statement, paragraph structure, grammar);A three- to five-point plan of items you will address or revise for your final critical response essay; andYour thoughts on how you plan to use the services of the Ashford Writing Center in future courses. 
Discussion bubbles.pngGuided Response: Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7. Your response must be at least 200 words. In each response,Reflect on the peer-review process from last week and the review from the Writing Center this week. Offer your classmate some thoughts and questions on the experience of having others review one’s work.Take a look at your classmate’s plans and offer a reliable web page or other source that addresses an aspect of his/her revision. In addition to the Ashford Writing Center, what are some other resources that are helpful?Determine if you can you share in your classmate’s plans for revision. Why is it helpful to share ideas in the writing process?This discussion will be assessed on a 10-point scale and is worth 5% of your final grade
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ENG121: English Composition I

ENG121: Week 3 – Assignment

Week 3 – Assignment

Critical Response Essay – Rough Draft

[WLOs: 4, 5] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4]

Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read Chapters 4 and 5 of Essentials of College Writing. You will be using the techniques described in these chapters when writing your draft. View the ENG121 Week 3 Assignment: Rough Draft (Links to an external site.) video for more details on this assignment. Review the Sample Essay Rough Draft  downloaddocument as well as your prewriting from the discussion forums the past three weeks. Lastly, visit the following web pages: Grammar & Punctuation (Links to an external site.)Introduction to APA (Links to an external site.)Quoting, Paraphrasing, & Summarizing (Links to an external site.)Understanding Your Assignment (Links to an external site.)Writing a Paper (Links to an external site.), and Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.) from the Ashford Writing Center.

For this assignment, you will be writing a response to the essay you selected for your Week 2 Outline. The purpose of a draft is to give your instructor a good sense of your organizational writing skills so they can examine your use of the strategies of basic argumentation and critical response and provide you with feedback you can incorporate in your Final Essay.

In your paper,

  • Expand upon your prewriting from the discussion forums (if applicable) by providing specific details about the essay you selected and the topic that it explores.
  • Show the steps of the writing process by developing the Week 2 Outline into a workable rough draft.
  • Compose a clear argument in response to the selected essay. Support your response with examples and at least one quote and one paraphrase (a total of two citations) from the essay you selected.
  • State specific details about the reading you selected, the topic that it explores, and your critical response to that topic.
  • Utilize appropriate academic writing tone, style, and citation format as well as correct grammar, spelling, and sentence mechanics.
  • Organize the essay with an introduction, a thesis, support paragraphs, and a conclusion.

The Critical Response Essay – Rough Draft

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ENG121: English Composition I

ENG121: Week 3 – Discussion

Week 3 – Discussion

 Critical Response Essay Rough Draft – Peer Review [WLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4] [CLOs: 2, 3, 4]

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 for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

Step 1 Prepare.Prepare: Prior to beginning work on this discussion,Visit the following web pages: Grammar & Punctuation (Links to an external site.)Introduction to APA (Links to an external site.)Quoting, Paraphrasing, & Summarizing (Links to an external site.)Understanding Your Assignment (Links to an external site.)Writing a Paper (Links to an external site.), and Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.) from the Ashford Writing Center.Read Chapter 4: Structuring and Developing a Paper and Chapter 5: Writing Purpose and Style in Essentials of College WritingRead the instructions for the Week 3 Critical Response Essay – Rough DraftView the Sample Critical Response Essay downloadComplete your Critical Response Essay – Rough Draft
Step 2 Reflect.Reflect: After reflecting on your work in the course so far, begin writing your draft. 
Step 3 Write.Write: As part of the writing process, you are expected to reflect on your work and revise and edit accordingly. It is also useful to establish a community of learners in which you help edit and proofread each other’s papers. This reciprocal process will help you identify areas of strength and weakness in others’ writing as well as reflect on your own work and perhaps discover similar mistakes. For this week, you will be performing a peer review on your Critical Response Essay – Rough Draft.HELPNOWlogo.png Please view the video Posting to a Discussing Forum (Links to an external site.) for guidance on attaching word documents in your discussion post.For this discussionWrite a two-page, properly formatted draft (or 500 words) of your Critical Response Essay, including introduction, thesis, and support paragraphs.Signify your working thesis by including it in bold type.Upload your rough draft to your post and address the following:Explain the connection between your working thesis and your support paragraphs. Based on the thesis, what should readers expect to be covered in the body paragraphs? Would this connection be clear to someone without your explanation? If so, why? If not, how can you modify your support paragraphs and/or thesis statement to make this connection clearer?Explain how you determined the most important topic in the library essay you selected (place, community, or communication/speaking out). Would the importance of the topic be clear to someone without your explanation? If so, why? If not, what information should you add to make this connection clearer?Explain your critical response to the topic in the library essay you selected (place, community, communication/speaking out). Would this critical response be clear to someone without your explanation?Note any other specific challenges faced or successes experienced when writing your rough draft or completing this discussion post. 
Step 4 Discuss.Guided Response Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7. Please review one draft that has not yet received feedback and evaluate your colleague’s paragraph and/or self‐evaluation. Do you agree with his/her responses to the questions? What else could they do to develop stronger body paragraphs?Your feedback must be comprehensive, detailed, and constructive. Please do not comment on grammatical issues. Your response must be at least 200 words. This discussion will be assessed on a 10-point scale and is worth 6% of your final grade
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ENG121: English Composition I

ENG121: Week 2 – Assignment

Week 2 – Assignment

Critical Essay Outline

[WLOs: 4, 5, 6] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4]

Prior to beginning work on this assignment,

This week, you will begin the process of organizing your thoughts and support points for your critical response essay by creating an outline. Outlines are useful when developing your thesis statement and support paragraphs, and they can be used as the roadmap for your essay once you start drafting it.

For the assignment this week, select one of the following essays. You will use this essay in your outline, rough draft, and final paper.

Once you have selected your essay, please download and complete the Critical Essay Outline Template  download.

In your Outline Template,

  • Determine what is most important in the essay you selected and summarize the main argument.
  • Convert brainstorming ideas into a workable outline as part of the writing process.
  • Use appropriate academic writing tone, style, correct grammar, spelling, and sentence mechanics.
  • Apply structural components of outlining format to continue essay development.

The Critical Essay Outline

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ENG121: Week 2 – Discussion

Week 2 – Discussion

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 for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Response to Reading: Community [WLOs: 1, 2, 3, 5] [CLOs: 1, 3, 4]
Step 1 Prepare.Prepare: Prior to beginning work on this discussion,Visit the Writing a Discussion Board Post (Links to an external site.) web page from the Ashford Writing Center.Read Chapter 2, Section 2.2 Strategies for Active Reading in Essentials of College Writing.Read all three of the following essays, which are available in the Ashford Library:Tim Gunn and a Leaky Shower: Welcome to My Life, Little GuyTo Scratch, Claw, or Grope Clumsily or FranticallyKentucky Writers in Kentucky
head with Qmarks.pngReflect: Using the SQ3R reading method, consider how the authors you read are writing about community and how they view and interact with that community. Also, think about how those points of view compare to your own perceptions of what you see as your community.
Step 3 Write.Write: Upon reflection, select ONE of the above essays on community and write at least three paragraphs (200-300 words for each paragraph) where you accomplish the following:Summarize what you read and explain what parts of the SQ3R process helped you.Make connections between what you read about community and other knowledge/experience/observations you have had about your own community.Articulate any questions/curiosities/predictions/challenges you have based on the reading and use examples from the essay to explain those.Incorporate a quote and/or paraphrase where appropriate with proper APA citation—see Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.) from the Writing Center.Your initial post must be at least 600 words in length and posted by Day 3. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly sources, and properly cite any references as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.). 
Discussion bubbles.pngGuided Response: Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7. In each response,State what have you learned as a result of reading about your peer’s experience as well as how it was similar to or different from your own experience.Address your classmate’s questions/curiosities/predictions/challenges that they faced.Response posts must be at least 200 words in length. If you have questions about how to participate in discussions, consult “About Discussions” under the Course Home menu. You are not required to support your claims with additional scholarly sources; however, should you decide to use additional sources, make sure you properly cite any references. Refer to the Ashford Writing Center’s Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.). This discussion will be assessed on a 10-point scale and is worth 5% of your final grade
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ENG121: English Composition I

ENG121: Week 1 – Discussion

Week 1 – Discussion

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 for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

Response to Reading: Place [WLOs: 1, 2, 3, 5] [CLOs: 1, 3, 4]
Step 1 Prepare.Prepare: Prior to beginning work on this discussion,Visit the following web pages: Grammar & Punctuation (Links to an external site.)Quoting, Paraphrasing, & Summarizing (Links to an external site.), and Writing a Discussion Board Post (Links to an external site.)from the Ashford Writing Center.Read the text about active reading and the SQ3R process (Chapter 2 section 2.2)Watch the SQ3RPlay media comment. downloadand Active ReadingPlay media comment. downloadvideos.Read all three of the following essays, which are available in the Ashford Library:Fifteen Takes on CaliforniaWendell Berry’s WisdomFree Spirits: A Legacy of Wildness
Step 2 Reflect.Reflect: Using the SQ3R reading method, consider how the authors you read are writing about place and how they view and interact with that setting/environment. Also, think about how those points of view compare to your own perceptions of what you see as your place. 
Step 3 WriteWrite: Upon reflection, select ONE of the above essays on place and write at least three paragraphs (200-300 words for each paragraph) where you accomplish the following:Summarize what you read and explain what parts of the SQ3R process helped you.Incorporate a quote and/or paraphrase where appropriate, with proper APA citation—see Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.) from the Writing Center.Make connections between what you read about place and other knowledge/experience/observations you have had about your own environment/place.Articulate any questions/curiosities/predictions/challenges you have based on the reading and use examples from the essay to explain those.Incorporate a quote and/or paraphrase where appropriate, with proper APA citation—see Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.) from the Writing Center.Your initial post must be at least 600 words in length and posted by Day 3. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly sources, and properly cite any references as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.). 
Step 4 Discuss.Guided Response: Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7. In each response,State what have you learned as a result of reading about your peer’s experience, as well as how it was similar to or different from your own experience.Address your classmate’s questions/curiosities/predictions/challenges that they faced.Response posts must be at least 200 words in length. If you have questions about how to participate in discussions, consult “About Discussions” under the Course Home menu. You are not required to support your claims with additional scholarly sources; however, should you decide to use additional sources, make sure you properly cite any references. Refer to the Ashford Writing Center’s Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.).  This discussion will be assessed on a 10-point scale and is worth 5% of your final grade