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Each and every one of us struggles with writing at some time or another. Some of us have trouble writing a sympathy note. Others have trouble writing evaluation letters when we are in supervisory positions. Whatever our individual struggles are it is helpful to identify the specific struggles. We may not be able to turn the struggles into advantages but identifying them will let us know where we need to spend our energy. ?

This is the first of four discussion boards (DB) in the course. Each of the four DBs will have a specific focus and instructions. The format will remain the same. Each person will write about a specific topic and post it. Each person will then read the posts of two (2) peers and respond to them. ?More specific instructions for DB #1 follow.

Instructions

For the initial post:

? Identify your three (3) biggest struggles/challenges with writing.

? Explain how these struggles have impacted your past experiences with writing.

? The length of this discussion is to be 250-300 words.

? Two (2) references?are required for the initial DB post. You may use your textbook as a reference, but it does not count towards the minimum required references. References for Discussion Boards must also adhere to the APA Manual 7th edition formatting.

Rubric #1, Discussion Board and Response (for M1-A3, M2-A3, M3-A3, M4-A3)

Use the information in each of the boxes below each category, e.g., accomplished or proficient, to guide you in
meeting the goals of a specific assignment. The final number of points seen below the grid indicate your level
of accomplishment.

Discussion Board and Response

Area Evaluated
20 points each

Accomplished Proficient Needs Work Unacceptable

Organization

3 points maximum

Well organized
Clear introduction
and thesis specified
Intro, thesis, body,
and conclusion flow
easily & with clarity

Organized
Introduction & thesis
present. Lacks some
clarity
Missing one element,
i.e. intro, thesis,
body, conclusion

Lacks a cohesive
argument.
Missing more than
one element

Unorganized
No clear argument
Missing more than
two elements

Completeness

4 points maximum

Addresses all
questions and topics
with sufficient depth

Missed one question
or inadequately
addressed

Missed two
questions or used
unsubstantiated
claims

Three (3) or more
questions missed or
inadequately
addressed

Accuracy/support/
Integration of course
material

4 points maximum

No factual errors
No unsubstantiated
claims
Course material is
integrated to support
comments

No more than one (1)
factual error or
unsubstantiated
claim
Includes some course
material

Adds some additional
information but does
not add much to the
discussion

Three or more
factual errors
Unsubstantiated
claims
Limited or no
inclusion of course
material

Response to peer

3 points maximum
for each response

Constructive
comments
Adds additional
information & depth
to the discussion OR
takes discussion in
new, clear direction

Adds some additional
information but only
expands the depth of
understanding
slightly

May add some
information and does
not add

No new information
provided
Basically a repeat of
original post
Lacks substance

APA & MUGS

3 points maximum

No more than one (1)
error in mechanics of
writing or APA
format
Flow makes sense.

No more than three
(3) errors

No more than five (5)
errors

More than five (5)
errors

Interpretation of Final Points Accomplished: 20.00 ? 18.00 points
Proficient: 17.99 ? 16.00 points
Needs Work: 15.99 ? 14.00 points
Unacceptable: 13.99 ? 0 points

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