1. We learn lessons from many people if we are open to learning. You are working on a paper concerning “A Hard Lesson You Have Learned.” To add to your learning on this project, go to the internet and look until you find a good source from someone you may know about concerning “Lessons Learned.” Examples of famous people who share their ideas are Oprah Winfrey and famous football coach, Lou Holz. Below are websites where you may find these lessons. You are not required to use these. Search for people you are interested in knowing.
Do the following:
A. Many people influence our lives.Sometimes we are influenced by people we will never meet. Have you been influenced by people whom you have never met? Who are these people? What impresses you about them?
Write a paragraph answering these questions.
B. Go to one of the websites below and review what is available. Choose one of these websites or another website that gives you information on successful people. Give a quote that you think is important from this website. Also, in your own words talk about why you think this quote is important and what it means to you.
Write a paragraph about this research.
2. For this forum, you will watch a TV show (not bad for an assignment) and read online what someone else (usually known as a critique) has to say about this show. Answer the following:
A. What is a tv show that you really think is worth your time to watch? It does not have to be educational but choose something you think gives you some information either through entertainment or directly. What do you like about this show? How long have you been watching it? Why do you recommend it to others?
3. This forum requires students to go on line and find an article from a major newspaper: New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, etc. that discusses a major problem in society today.
For Post 1: Answer this opinion question (no research required). What do you think are some of the most important problems in our society today? If you had to pick one major one, what would it be and why?
Summarize the research you have found in a good well constructed paragraph. Cite your source and separate out your information from the source information by giving the source credit.
4. An important part of research is finding sources that can be trusted. This forum asks you first to
(1) Comment on why you think it is important to scrutinize your sources to find out if they are credible or not? This can apply to our personal life as well as our academic and business life?
Can you think of an example, in every day life, where it was very important for you to trust your source? Or if not, what are some general areas of life
where you think it is especially important to trust information?
5. One of the best ways to avoid plagiarism is to learn how to correctly paraphrase sources. Sometimes this is not easy because we may be using some of the author’s language when we get the main ideas for our research paper. In personal life, business life, and in college life, the question of the day is: How do we give people the credit they deserve? You may have know individuals who take credit for other people’s achievements and also refuse to recognize the achievements of others. Is this the right thing to do? For this week’s forum, do the following:
REMEMBER TO GET FULL CREDIT, EACH POST MUST BE A PARAGRAPH.
(1) Make a general comment about how you feel about taking credit for someone else’s work. What are the issues involved? Is this prevalent in our society?
(2) For your research, look up a “credible” source on paraphrasing APA style and paraphrase from that source. Giving the source credit. HAPPY PARAPHRASING!
6. In English 107 we write “argument research papers.” This means that we need to take a fairly strong position on a subject we have chosen so we can “argue with passion” about our ideas. To enjoy writing an argument paper this is essential…and we do want to enjoy writing our papers as well as write them correctly.
Post concerning the following:
(1) Do you like to argue in general? Does the word have a negative connotation for you? Arguing can be an activity that wastes our time because of the way we present our ideas and also the emotions we may express. In college, arguing has a different meaning. We are learning to present our ideas in a logical and , mostly, nonemotional way. We do , however need to express that we care about the subject. Comment on how you feel about “arguing” in personal, business, and school life.
(2) Using your textbook and or the internet, state some of the main points that need to be considering when composing a formal argument.
7. Editing a final paper can often change a paper one letter grade or more. This forum is about ways you can be a better editor of your own paper. When we edit, we are looking for spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, paragraph lengths, and unity as well as capitalization and other mechanics. Here is the forum for this week. REMEMBER WRITE A PARAGRAPH IN GOOD GRAMMAR.
P One: What is your biggest challenge with editing?
P Two: Look either in your text or the internet and find good information on editing. Quote it, give the source, and make your own comments about the quote.
8. In this forum please do two things:
(1) Evaluate how long it took you , approximately, to complete the final paper.
(2) Comment on how you think learning these skills will or will not assist you in your future school, personal, and business endeavors.
To get credit, remember answers must be in paragraph format and use proper grammar.
Even though students have already completed an official evaluation. It would help me to know the following:
1. What part of the class did you enjoy the most?
2. What part of the class did you consider most valuable?
3. What part of the class could be left out?
4. What should be added to the class?