Week 1 – Discussion 1
As you prepare to write your first discussion this week, take a few moments to do the following:
Before drafting your initial post, take time to reflect on the idea of argument in an academic setting. Think about your own natural communication style and your typical behavior in an argument. Are you typically calm and logical when making an argument? Do you tend to appeal to emotion? Do you often get frustrated when trying to prove your point? Think critically about your personal communication style and its effectiveness in an academic setting.
Write (due Thursday, Day 3)
In 200 to 300 words, describe argument in your own words. Include the roles of the four basic elements of an argument in your description. Give an example of an argument you have experienced and identify the claims, evidence, counterargument, and rebuttal used.
Respond to Peers (due Monday, Day 7)
In 125 to 200 words each, respond to at least two classmates. In each response, address your classmate’s questions and concerns with information from class and your own research or web search. Then, analyze your classmate’s description of argument and provide additional information or share examples of the basic elements of an argument.
Week 1 – Discussion 2
Argument, Keyword, and Thesis Statement Workshop
As you prepare to write your second discussion for this week, be sure to complete the following:
Before drafting your initial post, take time to reflect on the approved research topics for your final paper. Considering the information in this week’s instructor guidance and readings, choose the research topic that suits you best. Choose a topic that is interesting, has a clear argument, and allows you to remain objective. We will be using research and logic to support our arguments in this class. It may be difficult to remain objective if you feel emotionally or spiritually connected to the subject.
Write (due Thursday, Day 3)
In 200 to 300 words, share your chosen research topic for this class and write a few sentences on each of the following:
Respond to Peers (due Monday, Day 7)
In 125 to 200 words each, respond to at least two classmates. Provide feedback on any area of confusion and answer any questions your classmate has posted. Support your responses with information from the course materials (including the textbook), instructor guidance, articles, Ashford University Library, and Ashford Writing Center. Be sure to include
Make every effort to read all posts and responses in this discussion. You are strongly encouraged to follow up with classmates who have responded to your post. As always, you may respond to more than two classmates if you choose.
ENG 122 week 1 Quiz
Which of the following BEST describes the primary goal of a research project?
To prove your idea is the best
To bring a conversation to a close
To win a debate on an issue
To push a conversation forward
Which of the following BEST describes the purpose of a thesis?
To respond to one or more researchers’ positions
To prove a point
To present a straightforward definition of the topic
To cite relevant evidence to support your argument
When you contribute to a research conversation, which of the following skills is NOT strictly necessary?
Demonstrating careful thinking and attentive reading
Presenting the only voice of original ideas and research
Reviewing the work of others
Drawing inferences and conclusions based on credible evidence
Researchers are LEAST likely to want to know which of the following from their sources?
How other researchers have framed their questions
What existent data proved useful in previous research
Popular opinions on their topic
False starts other researchers have taken
Scholarly work guarantees all of the following characteristics, EXCEPT:
Accurate information not subject to debate
Criticism of other researchers’ work
Important methods used to interpret evidence
A keyword search in the library’s databases functions exactly like a regular Google web search.
To assess research needs, a researcher should begin with WHICH ONE of the following elements?
Develop an initial set of research questions
Review theories relevant to the research question
Find background, exhibit, argument, and method (BEAM) sources
Write a draft of the thesis statement
To meet research deadlines, which of the following criteria is MOST useful?
Open-ended research questions
Expertise in the field of study
A narrow focus
A broad view of a topic
What is the best way to describe the concept of a “community of thinkers”?
Insistence of the truth of one’s own beliefs on a subject
Exchange and contribution of ideas among critical thinkers
Discussion within groups of like-minded individuals
Heated debates where one side clearly wins the argument
Which of the following is NOT considered a viable criterion for evaluating sources?
Relevance of subject matter
Ease with which it was found online
Expertise of author
When starting your search for peer reviewed scholarly sources, which of the following types of databases is your BEST choice?
A subject-specific database
A field-specific database
A general-purpose database
A basic Google search
Course textbooks are useful resources for all of the following reasons, EXCEPT:
They provide a short overview of the topic.
They help researchers understand the specialized language of a field.
They feature the most recent academic debates on the topic.
They give readers a general sense of the important topics in the field.
Which of the following DOES NOT describe a characteristic of news, trade, and popular sources?
They may be subject to editorial review or review by industry practitioners.
They make assertions without always providing readers with verification of evidence.
They are written primarily to educate or entertain.
They use a broad citation system to document sources.
Which of the following is NOT a reason why student researchers often struggle to find resources?
They discover that no resources exist on their topic of interest.
They search randomly for general information.
They are unfamiliar with Google Scholar and other library databases.
They are unaware of differences between academic and popular sources.
When writing a thesis paragraph, you should AVOID
explaining the significance of your thesis.
claiming other authors’ ideas as your own.
establishing your own perspective in a scholarly debate.
articulating your thesis as a response to established research.
Researchers understand that their research may provide the following element for future generations:
The final and definitive answer to a problem
The end of the need for research on the subject
Extension, revision, or refutation of their work
Which of the following is UNLIKELY to help the reader find BASIC information on a topic?
Referring to subject guides
Searching academic databases
Choose the best thesis statement.
People should always keep their dogs restrained because it is the law.
Although dogs require exercise for optimal health, owners should always keep their dogs restrained to protect the animal from accidental injury and the public from attack.
Dogs are animals and not fashion accessories so they should be allowed to run free.
The majority of your research should be conducted
via the World Wide Web.
via Ashford Library databases.
via the Google search engine.
via the Bing search engine.
The concept of “search construction” allows researchers to do all of the following, EXCEPT:
Find synonyms for key words
Identify potential search terms
Specify relationships between key terms
Keep their searches as broad as possible
Week 1 – Assignment
An annotated bibliography begins the preliminary research process. The document will serve as an ongoing list of sources that will support your Final Research Paper. Each of the sources should be cited in APA format (for help, click on APA Formatting Instructions for Microsoft Word) and should include a two-paragraph summary, or annotation, of the resource contents and how you intend to use the information within your paper. Be sure to utilize the information from this week’s Argument and Thesis Workshop discussion, and refer to “Research Paper Guidelines” for additional support. Before beginning, please review the Model Annotated Bibliography.
To fulfill the research component of this assignment, you must:
- Conduct several searches using any of the databases in the Ashford University Library.
- Select at least five scholarly peer-reviewed sources from your library search that support the topics and arguments you plan to present in your Final Research Paper.
To fulfill the written component of this assignment, you must:
- Include a title page that is formatted in proper APA style.
- List APA-style references in alphabetical order along with your unique paragraph summaries.
- Annotation paragraphs must be original and cannot be copied from abstracts or other summaries. Copied-and-pasted annotations may receive a zero grade.
- Format your assignment according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Your annotated bibliography should be double-spaced with one-inch margins and use 12-point Times New Roman font.
Your annotations should contain
- A complete summary, in your own words, of the information presented in the article.
- Your analysis of the best use of this information in your paper, written in your own words.
- Identification of a possible topic sentence and/or claim the information will support.
The bibliography must be 500 to 700 words in length and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Submission Information: Complete the tasks above and save the document as a Microsoft Word or compatible .doc or .docx file. Submit your assignment via the Assignment Submission button. Please use a naming convention for your assignment files that includes your last name and the week number. So, your Annotated Bibliography assignment should bear a file name that looks like: smith_w2.docx.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.
Late Policy: Written assignments (essays, journals, presentations) are due on the specified days in the course. Written assignments will be subject to a late penalty of up to 10% per day up to three days late. If written assignments are submitted after 72 hours past the due date, instructors can give a penalty up to and including a grade of 0 for the assignment.