Class, this week we are working on our final essay! Let’s help each other out. Here are the instructions. Part 1 (Essay 3–Paragraphs) First (in your initial response), post at least two paragraphs of essay three. You may post any paragraphs you wish, but please tell us which paragraphs they are and also be sure to include your thesis statement at the top of your post if you are not sharing paragraph one. Please put your thesis in bold. Also include at least one citation and one Works Cited entry. Part 2 (Goodbye) Class, we have made it all the way from A to Z, from hello to goodbye! Feel free to add any final thoughts or comments here for your classmates and/or your instructor. Be kind, please. It has been a joy working with all of you. Good luck and goodbye! *** For your student replies, answer some or all of the checklist questions below (enough to reach the required word counts, please). Please do NOT copy and paste the questions into your post, but please do include the numbers, so we will know to which questions you are responding. Answer in complete sentences. An example is below. 4. I do not see a transition word in your topic sentence for paragraph two. Perhaps you could add “furthermore” at the beginning of the sentence. Here are the questions. Is the thesis statement one concise sentence (i.e., a statement, not a question)? Is it the last sentence of the introduction? Does it contain three clear parts? What are the three topics that will be discussed in this essay? Does the topic sentence of each paragraph coordinate with the thesis statement and in the correct order (i.e., the same order they are presented in the thesis statement)? Do the supporting details of each paragraph support that particular topic sentence? Are there any sentences that do not belong? Why do they not belong? Did the author use transitions? Which words are transitions and where are they used? Can you suggest any other transition words that would work well in this essay? Did the author use third person only and avoid first and second person? See the Grammar Review if you need examples of each. Did the author use contractions (e.g., don’t, can’t, won’t)? If so, where do you see these words? You may suggest a revision, if you wish. Did the author write enough words per paragraph (at least 100)? Did the author write approximately 5-7 well developed sentences per paragraph? Do you see any misspelled words or other grammatical problems? Use your grammar review handout, a dictionary, or a previously recommended site. Did the author use signal phrases and in-text citations within the essay? Example: Critic John Smith indicates that “quote from article” (page number). Are the sources listed in alphabetical order and in MLA style on the Works Cited page? Which APUS library search engines were used, and are they listed in italics? (Hint: Sources should be listed in alphabetical order according to the author’s last name. If the author is unknown, alphabetize by the first important word in the title.) The grading rubric for this forum is attached below. This week’s initial post will not be submitted through Turnitin since your essay will be submitted through Turnitin under Assignments.
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