Unit 3 DiscussionDiscussion Topic
After reviewing the Learning Activities, think about whether you want to continue exploring the problem you discussed in Unit 2 or whether you want to pursue a different topic. Then, respond in at least two well-developed paragraphs to the following questions:
Create three research questions about your selected topic and develop a potential thesis statement. The thesis statement should be no more than one or two sentences and propose a solution to a problem; including a reason in the statement that begins with “since” or “because” is also recommended, and the statement should be debatable. An example of such a thesis would be “High schools in the San Antonio Independent School District should provide tablets to students to encourage more learning outside of the classroom and increase mastery of skills.” Then, identify the type of claim your thesis represents (proposal, ethical, value, etc.).
Have you ever tried to make this argument to friends or colleagues before? If so, how successful or unsuccessful was your argument? If not, what do you think you would need to do to persuade friends or colleagues to agree with your argument?
To earn full participation credit, you will need to respond substantively to at least two peers’ initial Discussion posts and show active engagement in the discussion as described in the grading rubric. These responses should stay on topic and generate further discussion by asking questions, mentioning relevant examples, and if possible, referencing concepts from the unit Learning Activities.
All Discussion posts and responses to peers should be written in complete sentences using Standard American English. Before posting, proofread for grammar, spelling, and word-choice issues. Be sure to respond fully to every aspect of the Discussion.
When you refer to concepts from the unit’s Learning Activities, be sure to use a signal phrase like “According to . . .[name of reading].” If you are directly quoting the Learning Activities or another source, be sure to use quotation marks and cite the source using proper APA in-text citations and full references. Kaplan University Writing Center has resources on APA citation formatting.
You can review a sample Discussion post and response to a peer by clicking on the following link: Unit 3 Sample Discussion Assignment.
You can review the rubric the instructor will use when determining your Discussion grade by clicking on the following link: Discussion Assignment Grading Rubric.
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