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10 Nov

Instructions for writing assignments and discussion boards:

To maximize your grades on writing assignments and discussion board postings this semester, please follow the below instructions and guidelines.

  • Writing assignments (3 in this class):

To receive credit, please:

  • Answer the question(s) provided for the writing assignment fully.
  • Use MLA format and MLA citation for each paper. (I find MLA to be the simplest, most easy-to-follow, and most appropriate set of guidelines for brief essays/papers.)

Here is a guide to using MLA: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

  • Be sure that your paper is between 800 and 1200 words. If you go over, that is no problem.
  • Proof-read your paper! (–for grammar and spelling errors and so your ideas make sense!)
  • Be sure that your paper is on-time.
  • Submit your paper to the drop box for the assignment. The drop box will be clearly marked.

That’s it!

Your paper will include an introduction paragraph, body of text (3 or so paragraphs), and a conclusion paragraph. You are probably familiar with this basic “5-paragraph essay” style. Use that, be sure to cite all of your sources (using MLA), and you should do well with each paper. Oh yes—again, catch those grammar and spelling mistakes before you turn-in your work! I will, because of the Gordon Rule, look at the grammar and spelling, to assure that it is college-grade. Do not worry, though, if you use a word processing program (Microsoft Word, etc.), it should catch the most basic of mistakes for you. Check and double-check your work before submitting it for a grade.

  • Discussion board postings (8 in this class, including the first-week “introductions” posting):

To receive credit, please:

  • Answer the question(s) provided for the discussion board fully.
  • Be sure that your answer is a paragraph or two in length (except for the introductory posting in the first week—that can, if you prefer, be brief!).
  • Proof-read your posting! (–for grammar and spelling errors and so your ideas make sense!)
  • Be sure that your discussion board posting is on-time.
  • Post your posting on the discussion board. The discussion board will be clearly marked.
 
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