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Question Description

In your own words, answer this unit’s discussion questions in a main post (recommended minimum 200 words), and respond to at least 2 peers’ postings (recommended minimum 75 words).

After you have reviewed the Assignment Details below, click the Discussion Board link under the My Work heading above to open the Discussion Board and make your post.

Review this tutorial on How to Post to the Discussion Board.

Assignment Details

Self-Assessment in Writing

Checklists can be useful tools for self-assessment. Taking time to review your writing in this way draws attention to important steps in the process. Reviewing creates opportunities to see writing with fresh eyes, and then to improve it.

  1. Post a body paragraph from your essay.
  2. Use this self-assessment checklist to review your writing.
  3. Post the checklist for peer feedback.

Responses to Peers: Read someone else’s writing, and provide useful feedback. Read peer feedback, and respond with a discussion of common observations or lack of between your self-assessment and your peers’ feedback.

NOTE: For assistance with this assignment, please refer to the assigned readings listed under Unit 7 Learning Activities, as well as your intellipath® lessons.

Discussion Board Reminders:

  • Must have three posts: A Main Post and two replies to peers.
    • First post: Either your main post or a reply to others must be posted before midnight CT (Central time) on Friday of each week.
    • Second and third post: Must be posted on a different day from the first post.
  • Connect to Content: At least 1 post must refer to course learning materials. See the Academic Resource on Discussion Boards for help with connecting to the content.
  • Engaging in Class Discussions: For more information on making the most of your class dialog, review the Academic Resource on Discussion Boards.

Grading Rubric

    Assignment Criteria Proficient Descriptor Points

    Quality of Main Post

    30 Points

    Student’s main post meets or exceeds the following requirements:

    • Responds completely to all of parts of discussion question (8 points)
    • Communicates content information accurately and/or logically (8 points)
    • Delivers a thoughtful response demonstrating insights and reflections (7 points)
    • Connects to both key content concepts and personal experiences (7 points)
    /30 pts.

    Response to Peers

    24 Points

    Responds to a minimum of 2 peers (12 points per response):

    • Substantive response (6 points)
    • Furthers the conversation with peers. Examples could include (6 points):
      • Provides additional resources
      • Connects to key concepts
      • Shares personal or professional experiences
      • Contributes new information or perspective
      • Presents a competing viewpoint
    /24 pts.

    Support from Learning Resources

    3 Points

    At least one post refers to course learning resources. /3 pts.

    Professional Writing

    3 points

    Response is well-organized, clear, and free of grammatical and mechanical errors.

    Posts demonstrate courtesy and respect for others.

    /3 pts.
    Total /60 pts.