Discussion post


How are “Land Ethic,” The Great Turning, Ishmael, and The Earth Charter interrelated?
What is your place within the context of these texts and movements?
Make sure to analyze the works in your essay.

You will not be able to reply to other students until you create your own post. When you’re done, get to know some of the other students in the class. Reply to at least 1 other student. If you are one of the first students to post in a discussion forum, you may have to return to the forum later to complete the reply posts.
The essays in your “new thread” in the discussion are Gordon Rule assignments. Therefore, you should use your best writing skills when you work on these assignments. Each essay and discussion assignment has four basic requirements:

Prepare: Read the literature and take note of its discussion question. Be careful to answer the discussion question for each essay. You work needs to be “on topic,” as the saying goes.
Write: Adhere to the length requirements for the essay and the discussion portion of the assignment.”New Threads” should be at least 350 words in length. As you write, Blackboard will keep track of your word count, so it’s easy to know where you are. After you submit your new thread, you will be able to read the other students’ posts. Your essay MUST have an introduction, 2 short body paragraphs, and a conclusion. If you submit just one paragraph for this assignment, you will automatically receive no more than 60%. Organization /Format Reminder: Keep in mind that this is a short essay assignment, not a paragraph assignment. Thus, you must have an introduction, body, and conclusion in your original response. 
Reply: You must respond to at least 1 other student to earn full credit for the assignment. Replies should be at least 30 words. Your responses could be just one short paragraph. 
In-text Citations: You must use at least ONE quotation per work you analyze in your short essay. Please place an in-text citation (also called a parenthetical citation) immediately after you close the quotation marks and before you place a period for your sentence. That way, anyone in the class (including me!) can easily find the quotation in the text if necessary. If you’re not sure what to place inside the parentheses, review MLA style in Module 1. 

Grading: The number of posts and replies you need to get credit are shown in the Grading table below.  Keep in mind that the grades in the chart assume that your “new thread” (essay) and “replies” satisfy the length criteria in #2 above. Also, because these essays are Gordon Rule assignments, the grade could go up or down depending on the quality of your writing.

Did you choose one of the topics provided by the professor?
Did you analyze the works and avoided summary?
Does your essay analyze the 4 works in the module?  
Does your essay have a title?
Is the essay organized in a clear and coherent manner?
Does your essay have an introduction where authors and title of works being analyzed are mentioned?
Does your introduction have a thesis statement where you make an argument related to the topic?
Does your essay have at least 2 body paragraphs that support the thesis statement?
Does your essay use quotations for support of thesis statement? Are the quotes properly introduced?
Does your essay use MLA style correctly?
Does your essay have a conclusion?
Does the essay use transition words from paragraph to paragraph? 
Does your essay have appropriate use of grammar/mechanics?
Does your essay use a consistent point of view, first or third person?
Did you provide at least one thoughtful response to a peer?

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