ENG/220 University Academic Writing

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ENG/220 COMPARISON-CONTRAST TOPIC SELECTION
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Week 1

 

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Individual: Comparison-Contrast Topic Selection

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As a student, you will encounter many different types of writing assignments, each with its own requirements. One of the most common is the comparison-contrast essay, in which you focus on the ways that certain things or ideas are similar to and/or different from one another.
By writing such essays, you are being encouraged to do the following:

     • Make connections between texts or ideas.
     • Engage in critical thinking.
     • Go beyond describing or summarizing.

When reflecting on similarities and differences, you can gain a better understanding of the items you are comparing--their relationship to each other and what is most important about them.
During the next five weeks, you will write and revise a five-paragraph comparison-contrast essay that incorporates at least three peerreviewed academic sources. Each week, you must submit a different phase of your writing to complete the essay.
Refer to pp. 203 to pp. 220 of Ch. 10 of Wordsmith for ideas on topics you may wish to write about in your paper; however, feel free to come up with your own idea.
Decide on your topic.
Experiment with some of the prewriting methods found in Ch. 2 of Wordsmith to explore the topic you have chosen.

Write a 350- to 700-word document detailing your application of your writing process and chosen prewriting method (freewriting, brainstorming, listing, etc.) to begin exploring and writing about your topic. In this document, you should include the topic you have chosen and some examples of how you plan to compare and/or contrast.
Edit and proofread your assignment before submitting it to your instructor.
Format your assignment according to appropriate course-level APA guidelines.
Submit your document to the Assignment Files tab.
Note: The term five-paragraph essay may or may not have exactly five paragraphs. The term refers to a form of short essay based around an introduction, approximately three supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion, for a total of five paragraphs.

 

Wk 1 Discussion: Center for Writing Excellence

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Watch the "Center for Writing Excellence" introduction video.
Navigate to the Center for Writing Excellence after watching the video, and plan to spend at least a half hour browsing the different resources mentioned.
Reflect on areas of your writing that you would like to improve.
Discuss how you think the resources can help you with your writing. 

 

Wk 1 Discussion: MyFoundationsLab®

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Reflect on your MyFoundationsLab® activity.
Discuss this week's MyFoundationsLab® by sharing what you took away from the activity

 

Wk 1 Discussion: Journal Entry #1

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Begin a journal that you can keep throughout the five weeks of class, Journaling is a great way to get ideas flowing. The more one writes using prompts, the easier it becomes to write academic essays.
Respond to any of the following questions:

  • Describe the steps of your current writing process. For example, how do you approach a writing assignment for school or for work?
  • What would you describe as the strengths in your writing? What weaknesses do you think your writing exhibits? Are there ways to take advantage of your strengths and overcome your weaknesses in writing? If so, what are they?
  • Describe a writing assignment (for either school or work) where you spent time proofreading your draft. Did your writing improve after you looked at your draft a second time? What kinds of changes did you make before turning it back to your instructor (or your manager)?

Refer to Ch. 2 and 7 of Wordsmith to review information related to prewriting and revising techniques.
Post any insights for your peers

 

 

ENG/220 WEEK 2 COMPARISON-CONTRAST ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
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Week 2

 

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Comparison-Contrast Annotated Bibliography

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The quality of the points presented in writing depends on the quality of the source material chosen to include in the writing. An annotated bibliography begins the preliminary research process and serves as an ongoing list of sources that will support your final paper in Week 5.

Using scholarly sources helps you with the following:
      • Scholarly sources will give you credible work that your instructors and employers

         will acknowledge.
      • The skills of paraphrasing and summarizing are foundational for any research

         writer.
      • The more you strive to understand what another writer is trying to

         communicate, the more you will be moved to make your voice heard as a

        writer.
Conduct several searches using any of the databases in the University Library.
Select three scholarly, academic sources from the library search that support the topic you plan to present in your final paper.
Write a complete summary of the information presented in each article, using your own words.
Write your analysis of the best use of this information in your paper; for
example, how will this information support your comparison-contrast
essay.
Identify a possible topic sentence and claim the information will support.
Format your title page according to appropriate course-level APA
guidelines.
Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.

 

Wk 2 Discussion: How to Use the Reference and Citation Generator

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Watch the "How to Use the Reference and Citation Generator" tutorial by clicking on the Video tab for help with APA formatting.
Practice in the generator with a couple sources that you may want to use in your academic essay.
Discuss the following:

  • How will the Reference and Citation Generator Tool help you with citing sources in your essays?

  • How will using the proofreading techniques you read about in Week 1 help you before submitting your final papers to ensure your references are correctly formatted?

 

Wk 2 Discussion: Library Research Tutorials

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View the Library Research Tutorials to learn how the resources in the University Library can help you with your research.
Go to the University Library by clicking on the Library tab.
Navigate to the University Library heading and click View the Research Tutorials located under the Library Services heading.
Watch the following videos from the carousel once you click on the Library Overview tab:

  • "Library Overview"

  • "Library Services"

  • "Basic Research"

Click on the Your Area of Study tab to watch the following videos from the carousel:

  • "General Reference"

  • The video related to your degree program and field of study

 

Wk 2 Discussion: MyFoundationsLab® Discussion

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Reflect on your MyFoundationsLab® activity.
Discuss this week's MyFoundationsLab® by sharing what you took away from the activity

 

Wk 2 Discussion: Patterns for College Writing, Grant and Lee

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Read and Discuss "Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts," by Bruce Catton on p. 393 of Ch. 11 of Patterns for College Writing for an example of an essay that compares and contrasts. In addition, pay attention as you read about sentence structure.

 

 

 

 

ENG/220 WEEK 3 PREWRITING WORKSHEET
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Week 3

 

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Individual:
Prewriting Worksheet

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A great paper begins with a working thesis statement that will drive your topic and support your claims. A "working" thesis means that the thesis is still rough, and that you may make some changes based on the research you find for support. Therefore, as you conduct more research and formulate ideas, it is important to keep an open mind and to revise your thesis as your research progresses. Your thesis contains the main claim that you will make. Typically, a thesis is stated as a single sentence, and it also provides an answer to your research question.
Review the reading from this week.
Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Prewriting Worksheet.
Use complete sentences and source information with the outline (in-text citations).
Submit your worksheet to the Assignment Files tab.

 

 

Wk 3 Discussion: MyFoundationsLab® Discussion

Reflect on your MyFoundationsLab® activity.
Discuss this week's MyFoundationsLab® by sharing what you took away from the activity.

 

Wk 3 Discussion: Paragraphs

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Complete the "Paragraphs" interactive presentation.
Reflect on the information in the presentation.
Discuss what you learned about how to compose an effective paragraph

 

Wk 3 Discussion: Patterns for College Writing, APA

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Read and Discuss Appendix Documenting Sources: APA in Patterns for College Writing, located at the end of the text

 

Wk 3 Discussion: Journal Entry #3

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Continue writing in your journal by responding to any of the following questions:

  • What is your experience with writing using proper grammar, punctuation, or appropriate sentence structure? What are your strengths and weaknesses in these areas? Are there ways to take advantage of your strengths and overcome your weaknesses in writing? If so, what are they?
  • How important do you think mechanics--such as spelling, punctuation, and proper formatting--are in writing? For example, what would writing be like if there were no such standards?

Post any insights for your peers.

 

 

 

 


ENG/220 WEEK 4 DRAFT OF COMPARISON-CONTRAST ESSAY
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Week 4

 

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Individual: Draft of Comparison-Contrast Essay

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Focusing on drafting using the materials that you have gathered this far is an important part of the writing process. Each step taken to further the editing and revising of an essay will make it that much more polished as a final draft. Just as in most projects at work, there are steps to follow to produce a satisfactory final product in academic papers.
Review instructor feedback on your Week 1 to Week 3 assignments.
Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word draft of your comparison-contrast paper that makes seeing the differences and similarities of your chosen topics clear.
Use the topic you selected in Week 1, your research from Week 2, and your thesis and outline from Week 3.
Review your essay for effective use of basic English grammar, word usage, and sentence style before turning in your paper.
Format your assignment according to appropriate course-level APA guidelines.
Submit your paper to the Assignment Files tab.

 

 

Wk 4 Discussion: Thesis Generator

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Visit the Thesis Generator from the Center for Writing Excellence by clicking on the link to your right under the Materialsheading to learn about this tool.
Practice using the Thesis Generator to build a thesis statement of your own that you might use for your academic essay assignment. While the Thesis Generator's directions describe persuasive essays, you can use it for a comparison essay.
Discuss with your peers.

 

Wk 4 Discussion: Plagiarism Tutorial

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Watch the "Plagiarism Tutorial" information presentation by clicking on the link to your right.
Reflect on the following: As you learned in the tutorial, it is necessary to submit original content and to cite information you learn from other resources to maintain academic integrity in all class submissions.
Discuss the following question: Why do you think there are consequences for plagiarism, even if unintentional?

 

Wk 4 Discussion: MyFoundationsLab® Discussion

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Reflect on your MyFoundationsLab® activity.
Discuss this week's MyFoundationsLab® by sharing what you took away from the activity.

 

Wk 4 Discussion: Journal Entry #4

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Write in your journal to practice your writing.
Review Ch. 10 of Wordsmith for examples of this style.
Respond to any of the following questions:

  • Write a description of two of your favorite places using strong adjectives and imagery, such as figurative language that evokes pictures, sounds, smells, and so forth in the reader's mind. Strive to use sensory imagery to appeal to all of the senses, not just sight.
  • Think of two family members. Describe their differences in detail.
  • Think of two of your closest friends. Describe their similarities in detail.

Record your use of a prewriting technique you learned in Week 1 to continue helping you with drafting your essay.
Post any insights for your peer

 

 

 

ENG/220 WEEK 5 COMPARISON-CONTRAST ESSAY FINAL PAPER Revise and finalize the rough draft of the 1,050- to 1,400-word paper you worked on in Week 4 by making corrections from your instructor and any other edits you think appropriate. Ensure that you have included the following:
ENG/220 WEEK 4 Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word draft of your comparison-contrast paper that makes seeing the differences and similarities of your chosen topics clear.
Use the topic you selected in Week 1, your research from Week 2, and your thesis and outline from Week 3.
ENG/220 WEEK 5 COMPARISON-CONTRAST ESSAY FINAL PAPER Revise and finalize the rough draft of the 1,050- to 1,400-word paper you worked on in Week 4 by making corrections from your instructor and any other edits you think appropriate. Ensure that you have included the following:

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Week 5

 

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Individual: Comparison-Contrast Essay Final Paper and Presentation

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In any career you pursue, the skill of presenting yourself and your ideas will play an important role. Whether in writing, in person, across the conference room, by phone, or across continents, people need to be sold on you as much as they are on your ideas.
Part 1
Revise and finalize the rough draft of the 1,050- to 1,400-word paper you worked on in Week 4 by making corrections from your instructor and any other edits you think appropriate. Ensure that you have included the following:
• A strong thesis statement that is organized so that your comparisons/contrasts are clearly presented; focus on proving your thesis statement
• Support for your claims with credible references, using a minimum of three peer-reviewed sources
Ensure that your final paper uses correct grammar and punctuation. A variety of sentence structures should be demonstrated, as well as appropriate essay and paragraph structure.
Format your assignment according to appropriate course-level APA guidelines.
Submit your final corrected paper to the Assignment Files tab.

Part 2: Presentation
Create a 7- to 10-slide presentation using Microsoft® PowerPoint® to accompany the highlights of your paper.
Format your references consistent with appropriate course-level APA guidelines. Include citations in the speaker notes or in a separate reference list.
Submit your presentation to the Assignment Files tab.

 

 

Wk 5 Discussion: How to Use WritePoint®

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Watch the "New and Improved WritePoint®: Powered by Grammarly®" video by clicking on the link to your right.
Download and review the How to Use WritePoint® Powered by Grammarly® document that is also attached to this activity. Keep this document as a reference for your future academic studies.
Spend time reviewing your essay and submit it to the tool by clicking on Review Paper on the WritePoint®tab in the lower left-hand corner of the Center for Writing Excellence.

 

Wk 5 Discussion: How to Read a Plagiarism Checker Report

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Read the How to Read a Plagiarism Checker Report that is attached to this activity under the Materialsheading. Keep this document handy for use in your future courses.
Reflect on how you think this tool can help you with your writing assignments.
Practice with this tool by clicking on the link to your right under the Materials heading and submitting a draft of your essay for review.
Discuss the importance of accurately citing your sources. 

 

Wk 5 Discussion: MyFoundationsLab® Discussion

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Reflect on your MyFoundationsLab® activity.
Discuss this week's MyFoundationsLab® by sharing what you took away from the activity.