Students will upload their discussion posts in two locations:
Students should enter their text into two locations: â€œAssignmentsâ€ >Discussion (individual) and Discussion (groups). I am asking students to upload their text into two locations, so that I can grade the entry efficiently in Canvas and so that you can dialogue with classmates via the Discussion (groups).
- Discussions should be titled â€œDiscussion 1: individual titleâ€
- Discussions should be marked as â€œIndividual to all studentsâ€
- Discussions should be spell checked and proofed for readability and grammar.
- Discussions should be 250-300 words max (please count the words and list the total under your response)
- Discussions should properly cite readings and sources using MLA format. A bibliography is not needed for each discussion entry but if you are citing a source it should citing using MLA parenthetical citations. Details on MLA format can be found here:http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/research/r_mla.html(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.)
- Discussions are responses to a weekly question posed by the instructor. The Discussion entry should demonstrate your understanding of the applicable readings and/or provide a thoughtful personal reflection on the material. The Discussion entry should have a thesis that guides the entry.
- Discussion should directly answer the question posed, utilizing applicable readings from the course to strengthen the argument/thesis.
- Discussion can contain personal reflection and experience from the first person perspective. Depending on the question posed it may be necessary to write from your personal experience. The Discussion entry is designed to encourage this form of writing yet the entry should be grounded in the course content from lecture/discussion, readings, films, and other visual aids brought into the course by the instructor.
- I will break students up into new groups of three every week. Students will respond to the discussion posts of the two students in their group via the â€œreplyâ€ section of each studentâ€™s Discussion entry. The comments for your group will be due every Thursday before class (9:30).
Comments do not need to be uploaded to the Discussion (individual) when submitting the Discussion entry. The details on the due dates for the Discussion post and comments will be provided in the Canvas â€œAssignmentâ€ portal weekly.
Comments should be no more than three to four sentences and should do the following:
1) Provide an affirmation
2) Provide a follow-up question
3) Share how your own answer differed
4) Comments should be brief, thoughtful, considerate, and supportive
- Each Discussion entry is worth 4 points. Students will be graded in their discussion post using the following breakdown:
2 points for a thesis and direct answer to the question posed
1 point for good incorporation of the readings/course content into your post 1 points for style (proper citation, grammar, spelling, readability)
1 point for comments back to group memberâ€™s
Often, traditional views of U.S. history look westward and move from East to West. What other perspectives and issues surface when we examine this history from the Western perspective of the Mexicans of California, New Mexico and Texas in the documentaryForeigners in Their Own Land ? Did the arrival of the United States necessarily mean the arrival of the brand of equality and democracy that are associated with it? Why or why not?
Please make specific references to episodes or events in the documentary.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeThesis statement and direct answer to the question posed
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGood incorporation of the readings/course content into post
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeStyle (proper citation, grammar, spelling, readability)
Total Points: 3.0