Ashford 2: – Week 1 – Discussion 2
Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Reference the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
Argument and Thesis Statement Workshop
Select one of the thirty approved writing prompts for your Final Research Paper from the Research Paper Guidelines document. Your persuasive argument will be presented through a well-written thesis statement. Consider your chosen writing prompt, the available research, and the definition of argument as you prepare a working thesis statement. Also, reflect on the thesis statement and topic sentences presented in the “Who Stole the American Dream?” article. In addition, watch the Ashford University Library video, Quick ‘n’ dirty, and develop a list of 10 to 20 key words.
Share your one- to two-sentence thesis statement and your key word list with the class by Day 3. Be sure to provide a critique of your thesis using the Thesis Checklist and Ashford Writing Center (AWC) resources to guide your evaluation. Explain in detail how your thesis aligns with the requirements on the checklist and the AWC resources. Feel free to revise your thesis statement throughout the week and share your progress in the discussion forum.
Your initial post must be 200 to 300 words in length, and is due by Day 3. When you have completed your post, review and critique the thesis statements and keywords of at least two of your classmates according to the Thesis Checklist, AWC resources, and Ashford University Library video. Be open and honest with classmates as you help them improve their work. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ initial posts by Day 7 in at least 125 to 200 words per response.