unit 4 midterm discussion

Unit 4: Midterm Discussion

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Please choose one of the following questions to answer for this unit by Wednesday at 11:59pm (CST). You should also respond to two of your classmates’ postings by Sunday at 11:59pm (CST).

Before answering this unit’s questions, you should decide your topic for the midterm essay and begin some of your academic research


Full-bodied entries—of at least ten sentences of writing from you (in addition to quotations from the text)—are more likely to receive full credit. Lesser credit will be assigned to work that is missing, brief, or clearly disengaged or sloppily produced such that miscues interfere with readability.

Your responses to other students’ work are also assessed. Students often resist commenting on each others’ work in substantial ways; instead choosing to post simply “good job” or “looks okay to me.” This kind of peer response doesn’t help your own—or your peers’—development as a writer and thinker.

Acceptable peer responses will, among other things:

  • Explicitly identify what was learned from someone else’s work.
  • Ask a follow-up question.
  • Offer an alternative interpretation.
  • Offer concrete strategies for improvement.

Questions (Midterm)

Choose one question:

  1. Share with your fellow classmates the method you use for finding academic research for your midterm essay or other essays you have written. If you choose this particular question, outline specific steps in your process and offer examples or screenshots to help other students learn from your method.
  2. How will you choose the specific disciplines that will be the focus of your midterm essay? Are you allowing your research to guide you, or are you researching within specific disciplines? If you choose this particular question, cite examples of your research with MLA or APA entries, so that other students can see how you’ve created this path.
  3. If a fellow student asked you whether “internet stuff” was academic research, how would you respond? If you choose this particular question, offer up a tutorial on how to use the academic databases in the Park Library vs. just googling your topic. Why would one be more beneficial than another?
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