Academic Prose Papers
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TWO SUBMISSIONS REQUIRED: ONE TO TURNITIN.COM, TEN (10) MINUTES OR MORE PRIOR TO BEGINNING OF CLASS ON OR BEFORE THE DUE DATE; A PAPER COPY IS DUE AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS, ON OR BEFORE THE DUE DATE, AFTER WHICH THE ASSIGNMENT WILL BEGIN TO ACRUE A LATE PENALTY, PER LATE WORK POLICIES ON THE COURSE SYLLABUS.
· Academic Prose Papers are certainly very simple and short assignments, and they should be written in a very formal prose style, for they are meant to help students to develop their academic prose style (more about this under “Grading Criteria).
· They are two paragraphs long, and the length of the paper in total should be between a minimum of 100 words to a maximum of 150 words.
· To make certain your word count is correct (in MS Word) you can click on “Tools” and then click on “word count.
· Use the formatting guidelines established during class lectures.
· The assigned text will always be in the “Assignment Calendar” section of the course syllabus.
· I simply want your thoughts on the assigned reading—it could be a video clip or an article—that might take the form of addressing one or more of the following:
1. If it is about a new technological advance, what are the benefits and/or the downsides?
2. Perhaps there is something the video/article fails to consider.
3. Does it lack information you wanted to see included?
· The above list (1 through 3) is just an example of an approach to this assignment. If you have other thoughts then feel free to take a different approach.
· The total number of words in your two paragraphs must be 100 to 150 words.
· Use a document header, as you should for all assignments. See the lecture on how to create a document header.
· Use a two-part title separated by a colon, neither part of which should contain the name of the assignment, nor should it contain part or all of the name of the assigned reading. For example, if you were assigned to read something titled “The New Age of Technology,” then you should not title your paper “Relaxed Prose Paper: The New Age of Technology.”
· The formatting guidelines explained on Lecture 2 must be followed.
· Follow sections 1 and 3 of Lecture 2.
· The paper should be two paragraphs long.
· Writing must be free—or predominantly free—of typos, awkward/unclear phrasing, and sentence level errors.
· Do not use contractions.
· Do not use first person pronouns such as “I” “me” “my.”
· Do not use second person pronouns such as “you” “your” “yours.”
· Do not engage in personal stories, meaning stories of your own life experiences, or the experiences of friends, family, and so on.
· Do not begin sentences with conjunctions: but, and, or, nor, for, so, yet.
· Do not pose any questions in any assignments. This means, quite literally, not to use questions. Make statements instead.
· Do not quote the bible or make allusions to religion in any way.
· Avoid any form of direct address to the reader, such as "think about the fact that . . ."
· Avoid too casual of a prose style, such as sentences that begin with words like "well, sure, now, yes, no."
· Do not use the phrase “a lot,” which can usually be replaced with one of the following words: many, most, much.
· Because Academic Prose Papers are so short, do not quote more than a very brief line or two, if anything at all, from of the assigned text.
· Avoid grammatical errors. Do not engage in sentence fragments, run-ons, misuse of capitalization, punctuation, or other types of sentence-level errors.
Some Important Points:
· Remember that part of this course involves working toward higher level writing skills. To that end, your writing should sound less like a verbal conversation between friends, and more like an academic paper, which means it has a formal tone. Everyone should be attempting to make his or her prose sound more scholarly.
· Engage the Assignment Calendar section of the course syllabus for due dates and the poems over which you will write these papers.
How to turn in these papers: two submissions required; one to TurnItIn.com, ten (10) minutes or more, prior to class, on or before the due date; the other is a paper copy, due at the beginning of class, on or before the due date, after which the assignment will begin to accrue a late penalty, per late work policies on the course syllabus. Moreover, both submissions must be turned in as a MS Word doc or docx file. For TurnItIn.com, use the TurnItIn.com “file upload” method on the submit screen. See Lecture 4 to learn how to create a TurnItIn.com account, and how to turn in your work. Your essays will be considered late until both the paper copies and the electronic copies are turned in. All other rules for late work, as delineated in the course syllabus, also apply. Further, both electronic turn-ins must be exact duplicates of each other. If the electronic copies do not match up it will have a negative impact on the assignment’s grade.