College Composition Unit 7 Discussion Board

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Reliable and Relevant Sources

Prepare: Complete the Unit 7 Reading and Activities sections.

Post: Make your initial post to the Discussion Board.

Locate one claim or point that needs to be strengthened within one body paragraph of your Unit 6 Assignment. Then find one reliable and relevant source that will support it. Include the URL link to the source in your post so your classmates can review the source.

Then, explain why this source is reliable and relevant to your paper.

Select a body paragraph from your Unit 6 Assignment that needs research information to support, develop, or clarify ideas effectively. Then, paraphrase and incorporate the relevant source from the source you selected into that paragraph to help clarify, develop, or explain your point or claim in that paragraph. Post both the original paragraph from your Unit 6 Assignmentand the revised paragraph that now includes research information. Do not worry about citing the source correctly — you will learn to do that in Unit 8. Instead, use a signal phrase inside the paragraph (like “According to Smith…”) to introduce the source information within the paragraph.

Include an open-ended question about any issue your initial post raises which your classmates can help you with.

Respond: Respond to at least two classmates’ initial Discussion Board posts. Be sure to briefly review their source and comment on the reliability and relevance of the source your classmate has chosen. Offer suggestions for how your classmate might more effectively paraphrase and incorporate the source into the revised paragraph. Make suggestions for other, more reliable sources that could be used or more relevant information that needs to be included in the paragraph to support the classmate’s main point or claim. Remember, effective teamwork this week can help you and your classmates ensure you have reliable sources and are ready to hit the ground running and begin integrating paraphrased research into your draft.

After you receive feedback on the paragraph you chose to revise for the Unit 7 Discussion Board, continue working on revising the other paragraphs in your draft, one paragraph at a time. This will prepare you for success in the Unit 8 Discussion Board and Unit 8 Assignment.

Review a sample student Discussion Board post.

Discussion requirements

Initial post should:

  • demonstrate effectively developed paragraphs
  • be on topic
  • be original
  • contribute to the quality of the discussion
  • make frequent and informed references to the unit concepts

Reading and Resources

The Unit 7 Reading will help you define the difference between reliable and unreliable sources, identify source information relevant to the specific point you are making in your writing, and help you to build your ability to paraphrase and integrate source information into your own writing skillfully and effectively. You will then need to apply this information to your Discussion Board response this week and in your upcoming Unit 8 Assignment. Locating reliable research is also a skill which you are likely to use in your future career field as you research and learn about issues and topics in your field.

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