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WEEK 1 COM 156 WEEK 1 DQ 1 Review the information provided on pp. 51–53. Explain the initial steps of writing an essay. Identify how your audience, purpose, and content will influence your approach. COM 156 WEEK 1 DQ 2 The purpose of an essay, as explained on p. 47, will affect all aspects of the paper. In this class, the final paper will be a persuasive essay. Throughout the class, you will complete assignments that directly or indirectly help you complete the final paper. Identify the main purpose of a persuasive essay and the elements necessary for it to be effective COM 156 Week 1 DQ 1 Identify two different points of view for the topic from the list in Appendix B that you have chosen. Choose the point of view you will use in your paper and explain why you have chosen it. COM 156 Week 1 Assignment Challenges of a Paper WEEK 2 COM 156 Week 2 DQ 1 Page 112 explains what role an effective introduction should have in a paper. What aspect of writing an introduction do you anticipate will be a challenge for you? Explain why COM 156 WEEK 2 DQ 2 Read pp. 290–291 in Ch. 18. Those pages provide an overview of writing that persuades. Ch. 4 provides ideas for choosing a topic. Based on those ideas and knowing that your final paper will be a persuasive essay, what topic from Appendix B will you choose for your paper? Based on the readings from the text this week identify key points to keep in mind when working on the thesis statement and introduction of your essay. COM 156 WEEK 2 DQ 3 Identify two different points of view for the topic from the list in Appendix B that you have chosen. Choose the point of view you will use in your paper and explain why you have chosen it. COM 156 Week 2 Assignment Select a Topic for Your Final Paper Week 3 COM 156 Week 3 DQ 1 An effective persuasive essay involves developing an outline, planning topic sentences, and identifying supporting points. How will you use these three concepts in planning and writing your final essay? COM 156 WEEK 3 DQ 2
The video, Develop Outlines, provides an overview of the purpose behind planning an outline. How might your outline make the writing process go more smoothly? How might an outline contribute to the success of a paper? COM 156 Week 3 Assignment Complete an Outline Week 4 COM 156 Week 4 DQ 1 To make supporting points it is important that one finds relevant, accurate, and reliable sources. What should you consider when looking for helpful sources? What are some red flags that indicate you should avoid a particular source? COM 156 Week 4 DQ 2 Review Ch. 21 to learn about finding and using sources. What types of sources will you use to help support your topic sentences? Why do you believe they are effective choices to support your point of view? COM 156 Week 4 DQ 3 How might you determine what is fact and what is opinion? Does the opinion of an expert in the field carry more weight than the opinion of someone that is not? Explain why or why not. Find one factual article online about popular music. Find an opinion-based article about popular music. COM 156 Week 4 Assignment Write Your Thesis Statement. (500+ Words) Week 5 COM 156 Week 5 DQ 1 Why is it important to be objective when receiving feedback? How might you use feedback to revise your rough draft to make it as effective as possible? COM 156 WEEK 5 DQ 2 How might you use feedback to help you determine what areas to focus on further when writing? COM 156 Week 5 Assignments Paper Revision (650+ Words) Week 6 COM 156 Week 6 DQ 1 Identify the four basics of a good persuasive essay, referred to on p. 290. How would overly biased writing negatively affect a persuasive essay? COM 156 Week 6 DQ 2 As you polish your essay in preparation for your final project, which areas do you believe you need to improve and how will you make those improvements? COM 156 Week 6 DQ 3 Using the Internet, find two examples of what you consider biased writing aboutthe effect of videogames on children? COM 156 Week 6 Assignment Effective Persuasion (400 Words) Week 7 COM 156 Week 7 DQ 1 Read the cause and effect essay titled “Struggling for Perfection” on pp. 829–832. What supporting elements did Amy Beck use to support her key points? COM 156 WEEK 7 DQ 2 Ch. 13 describes process analysis in detail. What is the main point of process analysis in writing? Why are the four basic steps of process analysis important? What happens if you skip a step?
COM 156 Week 7 DQ 3 What is the definition of a cause and effect essay? Describe a cause and effect situation related to the effect of video games on society. COM 156 Week 7 Assignment Rough Draft of Your Final Paper (900+ Words) Week 8 COM 156 Week 8 DQ 1 Compare and contrast essays are explained in Ch. 16. Please describe and provide examples of two situations where a compare and contrast essay would be appropriate. COM 156 Week 8 DQ 2 Describe the various university resources you have learned about in this course and others at Axia that will be useful to you in the on-going development of your grammar and writing skills. COM 156 Week 8 DQ 3 Please read the definition essay by Nancy Mairs titled â€œOn Being a Cripple.â€? Mairs uses several terms to describe disability. What terms are familiar or unfamiliar? Are these terms appropriate in a definition essay? Explain why or why not. Provide examples. COM 156 Week 8 Assignment Compare and Contrast. (500 Words) Week 9 COM 156 Week 9 DQ 1 Writing is something that improves with practice and focus. What steps will you take to ensure that your writing continues to improve throughout your college experience? COM 156 Week 9 DQ 2 Identify the writing strategies you have learned in this course and how you plan to use them. How have your thoughts about the suggestions in the essays changed based on your experiences over the last 9 weeks? COM 156 Week 9 DQ 3 Describe the various university resources you have learned about in this course and others at Axia that will be useful to you in the on-going development of your grammar and writing skills. COM 156 Week 9 Assignment Persuasive Essay Final Paper