Writing Discussion Board Posts questions

Need help with my Social Science question – I’m studying for my class.

Review the “Writing Discussion Board Posts” document very carefully. This is the document you want to discuss below

1. Post 5 questions related to the above document that you can use to quiz fellow learners.

The document is below make your 5 questions from the discussion Board information listed below

Writing Discussion Board Posts

The main component of this online course is the discussion board. It helps take the place of in class discussions, which are so important in child development coursework. At the beginning of each week, I will be posting several Topics on the Discussion Board. These topics will relate to the chapter readings. The goal of the discussion board is to help you relate what you are learning in this class to “real life.” I also use the discussion board as an assessment tool to determine how thoroughly you read, processed, and integrated the week’s required readings into your knowledge base.

1. Read the topic to be discussed before you read the chapter (the instructions are on the Discussion Board) so you know what information to look for as you read.

2. Read the chapter (keeping in mind your discussion topic). Remember to get your readings done early on in the week so that you can post to the discussion board by the due date.

Initial posts due by the end of the day Thursday (11:59PM)

Responses due by the end of the day Sunday (11:59PM)

3. Write down any notes related to the topic as you read.

4. Write your Discussion Post

a. Remember to break your answer into paragraphs based on the instructions for that discussion topic.

b. Find relevant information from the text (anywhere in the text). Ideally, put it in your own words. Avoid using direct quotes. A direct quote is where you take information from the text word for word. If you must use a direct quote (even if it is a small part of a sentence), put quotation marks around the words quoted.

c. Include your APA formatted in-text citation directly after the information from the text (or any other source you used). See examples of format below.

d. You should put a “reference” at the end of your post where you list all information related to the source.

e. PROOFREAD – read what you have written out loud. Remember, you are not typing a text message – grammar and spelling count.

f. When you respond to the post(s) of your peers – it is always nice to complement their posts; however, doing only this will not earn you any posts. You must add something that we have learned in the course – move the discussion forward.

Important:

Remember to break each discussion board topic down into its individual pieces. Most discussion topics require you to answer several questions. I suggest crossing off each question as you complete it. Also, unless otherwise noted, you are required to address all topics that are posted for the week

When you can connect the information in your discussion post to a variety of other pieces of information (from multiple sections of the chapter or textbook), it shows that you have a more complex understanding of the material. There is a big difference in understanding when you can go beyond “summarizing” what you have read, to “applying the information to real life” and “relating it to information you have read in the text”.

APA Format

In-text citation using textbook

Place this right after the information you have taken from the text:

(Author(s) last name, year of publication, page number required if direct quote).

Example of direct quote: (Martin & Fabes, 2009, p. 31)

Example if you put in your own words: (Martin & Fabes, 2009) or (Martin & Fabes, 2009, p.31)

*Do not include the title of the text… that would be listed in the reference at the end of your post.

Reference Format (to be placed at the end your post:

Martin & Fabes (2009). Discovering Child Development 2nd edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Example of secondary citation (when you use information from your textbook that the authors of your textbook cited from somewhere else):

Stringer (1998) found that caregivers play an important role in helping children develop cognitive skills (as cited in Martin & Fabes, 2009).

The citations in your textbook are written in APA format –

use your book as an example to help you.

REMEMBER….

If you have to look anywhere for a piece of information (except your own head and you are not an expert on the subject), you must provide the source (in-text citation). Not doing this is plagiarism and can get you in big trouble.

There is additional information under the APA Citation tab on our course site.

See the rubric below – it is VERY important that you follow this rubric!

Category

Below Expectations

0 to 2

Meets Basic Expectations

3

Exceeds Expectations

4-5

Content:

The degree to which the student’s post is relevant, detailed, shows critical thinking, and complete (addressing all prompts)

5 points

May not address all prompts within topics or may skip topics altogether. Post demonstrates little knowledge of the subject. It is not apparent from the post that the student has carefully read the text or other source of information. Does not express ideas clearly. Posts are rudimentary and superficial. No analysis or insight is displayed.

Addresses all topics and prompts with relevant information, but lacks significant depth and detail. Posts demonstrate a basic understanding of the topic. Posts are generally competent, but information is commonplace

Consistently addresses all topics and prompts with relevant and detailed information; demonstrates high level of knowledge on subject as well as high level of critical thinking; rich in content; full of thought, insight, and analysis.

0 points

1 point

2 points

Quality of Writing:

The degree to which the student’s post has been proof-read and edited for spelling, grammar, punctuation, formatting

2 points

Utilizes poor spelling and grammar in most posts; posts appear “hasty.” Never cites sources. Lacks formatting.

Some errors in spelling and grammar evidenced in posts. May forget to cite sources. May separate into paragraphs, but does not clearly delineate between prompts.

Consistently uses grammatically correct posts with rare misspellings. Expresses ideas in a clear and concise manner; Cites sources using APA format. Clearly delineates responses to various prompts within post.

0 points

1 point

2 points

Integration of Textbook or other material:

The degree to which the student integrates information from the textbook or other sources.

2 points

Material of textbook or other source is rarely or never included.

Textbook or other source is integrated in some post and responses to classmate. There is 1 citation per initial post and an occasional citation in the response to a classmate.

Textbook or other source is integrated in each post and response to classmate. There are at least 2 citations per post and at least 1 citation per response.

0 points

.5 point

1 point

Response to Classmates’ posts:

The degree to which the student posts meaningful comments that contribute to the dialogue and learning community.

1 point

Student may fail to make responses to classmates, or if responses are made, it is just a weak compliment that does not contribute to the learning community.

Student takes the time to respond to at least one classmate per topic, when assigned. Responses will be complimentary in nature, and will sometimes offer additional information for reflection.

Student takes time to respond to at least one classmate when assigned, but may respond to several classmates. Responses are meaningful; compliments might be given, but additional information for reflection is included.


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