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Week 1 Discussion

Pro-Position Topics

Required Resources

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

Textbook: pp. 94-103, 267-270

Lesson

Minimum of 1 article (academic or credible online source)

Apply the following writing resources to your posts:

Link (library article): Point: Vaccines Save Lives (Links to an external site.) (This link will take you to an overview of vaccines. Click on the title under Related Items in this overview area to access the article. This is a sample pro article.)

Link (multimedia presentation): Citing References in Text (Links to an external site.)

Link (website): APA Citation and Writing (Links to an external site.)

Initial Post Instructions

Part 1: Research & Review

Please review the Point: Vaccines Save Lives, an example of a pro article.

Note: The article was pulled from our Chamberlain library's Points of View Reference Center database. This resource is highly recommended, as it presents many of the topics in the General Education Healthcare field that may be applicable this term. To access the resource from our library website, choose Databases A to Z on the homepage. Locate and click on the Points of View database. Scroll down to Health & Medicine. You will see a large list of potential topics ranging from Allergies in Schools to Vegetarianism. When you click on a topic (Vaccines, for example), you will see an overview of the topic, as well as points, counterpoints, and a guide to critical analysis.

For your initial post, develop your ideas about a selected topic by conducting an online search to find a recent pro article about your topic. The goal is to find an article that takes a clear pro position. Include the following in your post:

Name of the article

Author

URL

Brief summary of the article

The article can be an online source from credible websites or an academic resource from the Chamberlain Library. It must be cited in APA format. For pointers on APA citations, please refer to the Chamberlain Library’s Citation and Writing Assistance website (noted in the Required Resources).

Part 2: Application

For the second part of the initial post, address the following:

Discuss which of the topic generation methods from this week's lecture worked best for you and why (or did you use an alternate approach?).

How will you remain objective about your topic?

Who is your audience?

Based on the topic development completed so far, brainstorm 3 potential pros for your topic choice.

ENGL147 Advanced English Composition

Week 2 Discussion

Argumentative Strategies

Required Resources

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

Textbook: Chapter 3; pp. 100-107

Lesson

Minimum of 1 scholarly source (one of the listed pro-position articles)

Apply the following writing resources to your posts:

Link (multimedia presentation): Citing References in Text (Links to an external site.)

Link (website): APA Citation and Writing (Links to an external site.)

Initial Post Instructions

Part 1: Research & Review

Choose one of the following pro articles to review and discuss with your classmates. If you have a different pro article you would like to use, please discuss it with your professor in advance. All articles can be found in our library databases.

Topics

Pro-Position Articles

Patient Portals

Alpert, J.M., Krist, A.H., Aycock, R.A. & Kreps, G.L. (2017, March). Designing user-centric patient portals: Clinician and patients' uses and gratifications (Links to an external site.). Telemedicine Journal And E-Health: The Official Journal Of The American Telemedicine Association, 23 (3), 248-253.

Cosmetic Surgery

Jacono, A., Chastant, R.P. &Dibelius, G. (2016). Association of patient self-esteem with perceived outcome after face-lift surgery (Links to an external site.). JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, 18(1), 42-46.

Cost of Cancer

Newcomer, L. (2014, October). Myths and realities in cancer care: Another point of view. Health Affairs, 33(10), 1805-1807 (Links to an external site.).

Surrogacy

Jadva, V., Imrie, S. &Golombok, S. (2015, February). Surrogate mothers 10 years on: a longitudinal study of psychological well-being and relationships with the parents and child (Links to an external site.). Human Reproduction, 30(2), 373-379.

Organ Donation

Ralph, A., Chapman, J.R., Gillis, J., Craig, J.C., Butow, P., Howard, K….Tong, A. (2014, April). Family perspectives on deceased organ donation: thematic synthesis of qualitative studies (Links to an external site.). American Journal Of Transplantation: Official Journal Of The American Society Of Transplantation And The American Society Of Transplant Surgeons, 14(4), 923-935.

Private Hospitalization

MacAllister, L., Bellanti, D. &Sakallaris, B.R. (2016). Exploring inpatients' experiences of healing and healing spaces: A mixed methods study (Links to an external site.). Journal Of Patient Experience, 3(4), 119-130. (Click on View Record in DOAJ to access full text.)

Workplace stress

Davenport, T.O. (2015). The good stress strategy: How managers can transform stress into fulfillment (Links to an external site.). Employment Relations Today (Wiley), 42 (3), 9-20.

Part 2: Application

Evaluate how effective the article's argument was using Toulmin's model. Detail as many of the 6 components as possible:

Claim: What was the article's main point? What's the thesis?

Grounds: What kinds of evidence did the author use to support his/her argument? Provide an example.

Warrants: Did the author(s) successfully connect the evidence to the main point? How so?

Backing: How credible were the sources the author(s) applied? How does credulity affect your overall response?

Qualifiers: Did you notice any absolutes (all, every, each) or limiters (some, several, many)? How did they add or subtract from the argument?

Rebuttal: Did the author(s) present any points of opposition and counterarguments? How did it influence your reaction?

Note: If a section is missing completely from an article, spend of time discussing how its absence affects the overall success of the argument.

How will you apply a similar approach in your pro-position papers? Based on this assessment, what must you include and what can you avoid in your own argument development?

Follow-Up Post Instructions

Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. Here, we have an opportunity to compare research notes with our fellow peers.

Did your peers discover something you missed?

Do you agree with the stance in this article? If so, what other warrants or grounds might you add to validate the argument? If not, what qualifiers or rebuttals might you present to disprove the argument?

Remember, the goal here is to find multiple perspectives, but those perspectives should be both professional and respectful. Ask questions to keep the conversation going.

ENGL147 Advanced English Composition

Week 3 Discussion

Appealing the Audience

Required Resources

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

Textbook: pp. 66-69

Lesson

Minimum of 1 source (online graphic)

Apply the following writing resources to your posts:

Link (multimedia presentation): Citing References in Text (Links to an external site.)

Link (website): APA Citation and Writing (Links to an external site.)

Initial Post Instructions

Part 1: Research & Review

Search online to find a medical, health facility, or communal-health advertisement. Medical advertisements might include drugs (prescription or over the counter), treatments, or medical devices. You might also find an ad for a local health facility. Alternatively, you can find an ad promoting a communal health topic, like drunk-driving, homelessness, or properly buckling children in car seats. Ideally, you should work within your chosen topic for Week 3 and 4, but if you cannot find an ad about your topic, go with one that sparks your interest.

Part 2: Application

Dissect your chosen ad based on the 4 appeals from this week's lesson: logos, pathos, ethos, and kairos.

Attempt to find an example of each in your ad, and explain how each appeal tries to persuade the audience.

If an appeal is missing, then discuss how its absence affects the ad's overall persuasion.

Finally, present your overall assessment of the ad's effectiveness.

Click on the following Writing Tip link to learn about citing graphics:

Link: Writing Tip

Follow-Up Post Instructions

Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. Address the following:

Compare your own analysis of the ad's effectiveness to those of your peers.

Who do you think is the potential audience for your peer's ad? Why is that the case?

Evaluate how the ad might be more effective.

Did you find the ad manipulative or supportive?

Who stands to profit from the ad?

ENGL147 Advanced English Composition

Week 4 Discussion

Source Evaluation

Required Resources

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

Textbook: pp. 273-280, 289-293

Lesson

Minimum of 1 scholarly source (one of the listed con-position articles)

Apply the following writing resources to your posts:

Link (multimedia presentation): Citing References in Text (Links to an external site.)

Link (website): APA Citation and Writing (Links to an external site.)

Initial Post Instructions

Part 1: Research & Review

Choose one of the con articles below to review and discuss with your classmates. If you have a different con article you would like to use, please discuss it with your professor in advance.

Topics

Con-Position Articles

Patient Portals

Wong, D. & Morgan-Lynch, S. (2017, December). Patient portals and young people: addressing the privacy dilemma of providing access to health information (Links to an external site.). Journal of Primary Health Care, 9(4), 240-243.

Cosmetic Surgery

Khunger, N. (2014, September). Risk assessment and prevention of complications in aesthetic surgery (Links to an external site.). Journal of Cutaneous & Aesthetic Surgery, 7(3),141-142. (Click on View record in DOAJ to access article.)

Cost of Cancer

Goldman, D.P. &Philipson, T. (2014). Five myths about cancer care in America (Links to an external site.). Health Affairs, 33(10), 1801-1804. (Click on Full Text Finder to access article.)

Surrogacy

Gullino, S. (2015, October). Surrogacy breaks the bond of motherhood (Links to an external site.). Ethics & Medics, 40 (10), 1-4.

Organ Donation

Shaw, D.M. (2017, July). The consequences of vagueness in consent to organ donation (Links to an external site.).Bioethics, 31 (6), 424-43.

Private Hospitalization

Natterman, J. & Rayne, P. (2017). The prisoner in a private hospital setting: What providers should know (Links to an external site.). Journal of Health Care Law & Policy, 19 (1), 119-147.

Workplace stress

Langille, J. (2017). Fight or flight…or fix? Employers must work with employees to address workplace stress (Links to an external site.). Canadian Journal of Medical Laboratory Science, 79(4), 26-29.

Part 2: Application

Discuss how credible the source is using the CRAAP evaluation model. Detail as many of the 5 components as possible:

Currency: How up-to-date is the resource? Why is the date of publication important?

Relevance: How significant is the information in the resource to the topic? Is there a direct coalition to the subject matter? Is the source a primary or secondary source? What makes the source appropriate for an academic paper?

Authority: What makes the source credible? What is the publishing body? What are the authors' credentials? Provided info on both.

Accuracy: Was the source peer-reviewed (how do you know?)? Were sources cited in the work? What makes the source reliable?

Purpose: Why was this source created? What is its original intent (inform? persuade? entertain?). Did you notice any particular agenda or bias in the source?

Please use specific examples and cite your sources in APA format. Sometimes, we have to do extra research on the authors or publishing bodies. Those sources should be cited as well.

Follow-Up Post Instructions

Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. Here, we have an opportunity to compare research notes with our fellow peers. Help your peers by composing a signal phrase based on the source’s credentials.

Example

The signal phrase should include the author (or article title if no author is noted), date of publication, statement of credibility, an interesting verb choice, a cited quote or paraphrase — all in one complete sentence!

1 Dr. Seuss (2 2013) 3 renown author of numerous and beloved children’s books, 4 queries, 5 “Do you like green eggs and ham?” (p. 8).

Parts of the signal phrase

1

Author (or article title if no author is noted)

2Date of publication

3Statement of credibility

4Interesting verb choice

5Cited quote or paraphrase

Address the following:

What weaknesses do you see, if any, in the source?

If you were to discredit this source is some way, what would be the best approach?

The goal here is not to attack the source, but to test it. When we begin preparing rebuttals later this term, knowing potential points of weakness and predicting what our opposition may question is key. Remember, the goal here is to find multiple perspectives, but those perspectives should be both professional and respectful. Ask questions to keep the conversation going.

ENGL147 Advanced English Composition

Week 5 Discussion

DQ1 Annotations

Required Resources

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

Textbook: pp. 281-284, 338-356

Lesson

Minimum of 1 scholarly source (apply a new source for your Week 7 Pro-Con Position Paper)

Apply the following writing resources to your posts:

Link (multimedia presentation): Citing References in Text (Links to an external site.)

Link (website): APA Citation and Writing (Links to an external site.)

Initial Post Instructions

This week's lesson presented a model of an annotated bibliography. Review the model, focusing on the components of the entry:

Reference citation

Summary

Credibility

Assessment

Research a new source for your Pro-Con Position Paper (ideally, seek one that is in opposition to your stance/side). Then, draft 1 reference entry and 2 paragraphs for this new source.

Make sure to cite your source in APA format.

Follow-Up Post Instructions.

Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. For peer feedback this week, please review the Guidelines for Evaluating Sources in our textbook (Seyler&Brizee, 2018, pp. 281-282). Consider the following prompts as you provide feedback to your peers:

What is the purpose of the text?

Can you locate the author's credentials?

Estimate the credibility of the text.

Is this source an appropriate level for this degree of academic writing?

Is the source up-to-date?

Do you agree with how your peer intends to apply the source?

Can you think of any other applications?

Do you notice any inaccuracies in the APA formatting?

Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification.

DQ2 Source Incorporation & Academic Integrity

Required Resources

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

Textbook: Chapter 1

Lesson: Week 3, 4, 5

Link (website): Student Handbook (Chamberlain University) (Links to an external site.)

Link (website): Turnitin: The Plagiarism Spectrum (Links to an external site.)

Minimum of 1 scholarly source (apply a previously collected source for your Week 7 Pro-Con Position Paper)

Apply the following writing resources to your posts:

Link (multimedia presentation): Citing References in Text (Links to an external site.)

Link (website): APA Citation and Writing (Links to an external site.)

Initial Post Instructions

Part 1: Research & Review

Pay particular attention to the following as you review the Required Resources for this activity:

Week 3 Lesson: Building Body Paragraphs section

Week 4 Lesson: Signal Phrases section

Website links

Then, choose one of the sources you have collected so far this term.

Part 2: Application

Draft a body paragraph for the upcoming pro/con position paper, incorporating one paraphrase and one quote.

The paragraph should contain a topic sentence, evidence, and conclusion/connection. Strive for a minimum of 5 complete sentences.

The paraphrase should be introduced with a signal phrase.

The quote should be introduced and explained.

Both the paraphrase and quote should be cited in-text and on a reference page.

Then, answer the following prompts:

Explain your approach to paraphrasing vs quoting.

What made the quote stand out?

Based on the information from the Turnitin plagiarism link, how did you ensure both the paraphrase and quote were not plagiarized?

How did reviewing the Turnitin plagiarism link impact how you incorporated your resources?

Do you prefer to paraphrase or quote? Why is that the case?

Click on the following Writing Tip link for a review of citations:

Link: Writing Tip

Follow-Up Post Instructions

Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. Offer additional insight into your peers' responses by furthering the discussion.

Identify the signal phrases and how they are used. What impact do these have on reading the paragraph?

Based on the content and presentation of the resource, can you conclude the argument or position the student is building?

Do you see areas of the post that might fall into any categories listed in the Turnitin link? If so, suggest how the student can remedy the situation to avoid potential plagiarism.

ENGL147 Advanced English Composition

Week 6 Discussion

DQ1 Rebuttals and Refutations

Required Resources

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

Textbook: Chapter 8

Lesson: Week 5, 6

Minimum of 1 new scholarly source

Apply the following writing resources to your posts:

Link (multimedia presentation): Citing References in Text (Links to an external site.)

Link (website): APA Citation and Writing (Links to an external site.)

Initial Post Instructions

Part 1: Research & Review

Review this week's lesson and reading. Find an academic source to back up your opposition's point of view. This is a new source, in addition to the source you located last week.

Part 2: Application

Anticipating readers' objections is one way to determine what other sections to include and support in your paper. Practice writing a counterargument that applies the Toulmin model. Incorporate one of the new sources you have gathered to present your opposition's point. Strive for at least 5 developed sentences. Cite your source in APA format.

Grounds / 1st Counterargument (your opposition's point)

Backing (establish credibility of the source)

Warrant (evidence)

Possible concession / conclusion

Answer the following prompts:

How were you able to remain objective while presenting the opponent's point of view?

What challenges did you face obtaining evidence to back up the assertion?

Which conciliatory approach did you apply and why?

How was it effective?

Follow-Up Post Instructions

Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. Here, we have an opportunity to compare research notes with our fellow peers. As peers, reply to one another explaining whether or not your classmates are presenting the opposition objectively and provide potential refutations pointers. Give one another ideas or suggestions for points that may be left out or might need to be further developed.

DQ2 Deceptive Arguments

Required Resources

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

Textbook: Chapter 6

Lesson

Link (library article): Fear Advertisements: Influencing Consumers to Make Better Health Decisions (Links to an external site.)

Link (library article): Fear Appeals in Social Marketing: The Case of Anti-Speeding Video Advertisement "Mistakes" (Links to an external site.)

Apply the following writing resources to your posts:

Link (multimedia presentation): Citing References in Text (Links to an external site.)

Link (website): APA Citation and Writing (Links to an external site.)

Initial Post Instructions

Part 1: Research & Review

Review the two articles in Required Resources on the uses of logical fallacies and rhetorical appeals in the healthcare field.

The Krishen and Bui (2015) article discusses the active use of logical fallacies to manipulate obese consumers into making better health choices through two oppositional approaches: fear tactics and positive reinforcement.

The Giachino, Stupino, Peratulo, and Bertoldi (2017) article presents a study of fear tactics applied through social advertising, similar to the ads we discussed in our Week 3 discussion boards. Students were exposed to fear advertising in an attempt to reduce high speed driving.

Part 2: Application

Apply what you have learned about logical fallacies and rhetorical appeals to interpret and summarize the articles. Consider the following questions:

If the participants are aware of misleading manipulation techniques, are they immune to their effects?

What are the limitations of these types of fear inducing tactics?

How would you react if you were a subject in one of these studies?

What can we take away from these articles to apply in our own topics?

Where else have you seen these types of fear tactics applied (e.g., advertising, social media, word of mouth, etc.)? Are these other mediums effective? Why is that the case?

Cite your sources in APA format.

Follow-Up Post Instructions

Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. Offer additional insight into your peers' responses by furthering the discussion. Did you notice any inconstancies in the persuasive methods applied that your peer might have missed? Did you notice any other specific logical fallacies in your peer's response? Have you ever fallen prey to the types of fear tactics commonly used in your classmate's topic? Provide an example if so. If not, how were you able to avoid susceptibility?

ENGL147 Advanced English Composition

Week 7 Discussion

Revision Plan

Required Resources

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

Textbook: pp. 104-115, 303-305

Lesson

Minimum of 1 scholarly source

Apply the following writing resources to your posts:

Link (multimedia presentation): Citing References in Text (Links to an external site.)

Link (website): APA Citation and Writing (Links to an external site.)

Initial Post Instructions

Part 1: Research & Review

Read and review our required reading and lesson on revision, editing, and proofing, as well as your returned rubric and feedback from your instructor.

Part 2: Application

Prior to beginning work on this reflection, refer to the feedback you have been given by your instructor and peers over the past weeks plus any additional experiences you have with the writing process covered in the course. Reflection is an important part of the writing process. Examine how the writing process has been going for you with your essay up to this point.

Then, explain the results of your paper review with your peers.

Detail the 3 most significant issues found in your draft feedback, placing them in the order of importance (the basis for a revision plan of action). As you write, be specific in which areas you are referring to, such as the introduction, claim, counterargument, etc., and how it relates to your experience with the writing process.

Research ways to correct the problem, in our textbook and lesson, library writing references, or external sources. Provide an example of at least one corrected based on these resources.

Cite your sources in APA format.

Follow-Up Post Instructions

Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. Compare your peers' results to your own and share resources for improvement. Did your instructor find similar issues? Which revision and editing approaches work best for you?

ENGL147 Advanced English Composition

Week 8 Discussion

Reflection

Required Resources

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

Lesson

Minimum of 2 scholarly sources – the following articles:

Link (library article): Are We Teaching Composition All Wrong? (Links to an external site.)

Link (library article): No, We're Not Teaching Composition 'All Wrong' (Links to an external site.)

Apply the following writing resources to your posts:

Link (multimedia presentation): Citing References in Text (Links to an external site.)

Link (website): APA Citation and Writing (Links to an external site.)

Part 1: Research & Review

Review the two short articles on the pros and cons of revision and peer review listed in Required Resources. As you read, think about your own experience writing and revising essays in this course (and other courses).

Part 2: Application

For the initial post, address the following:

How did you go about selecting topics for the position papers?

Reflect upon the research skills you have developed throughout this class. What key takeaways have you learned regarding research strategies?

Compare your experiences with revision and feedback to those detailed in the Stewart (2016) and Teller (2016) articles. Which stance do you lean towards and why? Did you incorporate changes into your final essay based on your peers' feedback? If so, please describe the types of changes you made and why you made them. If you did not incorporate changes, please explain why.

Cite your sources in APA format.

Follow-Up Post Instructions

Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. Do you agree or disagree with your peer's stance on feedback and revision? Was your experience different or similar? How so? What advice might you give your fellow peers to establish more meaningful feedback?