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How to Submit Forum Post and Graded Writing Assignments

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How to Submit Forum Post and Graded Writing Assignments

  1. 1. How to Submit Forum Posts and Graded Writing Assignments
  2. 2. Think of the forum like a Discussion Club on the internet. You can discuss assigned topics and let other students reflect on your opinion.
  3. 3. You can see all the posts that other students have written. You should read through what the other students have said. • If you disagree or have a different point of view, you can reply to their post. If you have a totally new idea, you can write your own direct response to the question.
  4. 4. Some weeks you will be given a question to answer or statement to discuss with other students on the portal. For example: “All children should stay in school until they are 18” The question might be: Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Please support your opinion with relevant information.
  5. 5. Forum Post Criteria: Criteria (Perfect Score is 25/25) 5 Points 4 Points 3 Points 2 Points Composition and Organization Paragraph has a clear main idea, and an identifiable beginning, middle and end. Either the main idea is unclear The main idea is unclear and or the beginning, middle, and the beginning, middle, and end end of the paragraph are not of the paragraph are not easily easily distinguished. distinguished. The main idea or beginning middle, and end of the paragraph are not present. Supporting Detail Sentence(s) Paragraph has three or more supporting detail sentences that relate back to the main idea. Paragraph has two supporting Paragraph has one supporting detail sentences that relate detail sentence that relates back to the main idea. back to the main idea. Paragraph has no supporting detail sentences that relate back to the main idea. Written Expression A variety of sentence structures, transition words, and vocabulary are used accurately. Sentence structure, transition words, and vocabulary show some variety. Sentence structure and vocabulary is limited. Uses repeated phrases and patterns and vocabulary is limited. Relevance and Understandability Paragraph is understandable, Paragraph is difficult to Paragraph is very difficult to Paragraph is understandable accurately addresses the understand and does not understand, does not address but either doesn’t address the question and does not stray off address the question or strays the question, and strays off question or strays off topic. topic. off topic. topic. Mechanics and Grammar Paragraph has no errors in punctuation, capitalization, or spelling. Paragraph has one or two Paragraph has three to five Paragraph has six or more punctuation, capitalization, or punctuation, capitalization, or punctuation, capitalization, or spelling errors. spelling errors. spelling errors.
  6. 6. Each of Your Forum Posts Should:  Be relevant What you write should focus only on the assigned topics.  Have supporting statements When you give your opinion, you must provide evidence or examples to support your ideas.  Be logically organized There should be clear connection between sentences. Also, always use a topic sentence!
  7. 7. AN EXAMPLE OF A BAD POST
  8. 8. “ All children should stay in school until they are 18” Education is important for students in order to improve their knowledge. More education will improve the lives of the people and they will get better jobs. The people who do not attend school will have less knowledge and will not get a successful career. It is good for the people to have more students in the country. Improving knowledge is a useful skill all across Asia. What do you think about this post?
  9. 9. “ All children should stay in school until they are 18” Relevance: - Not directly related to the topic Education is important for students in order to improve their knowledge. More education will improve the lives of the people and they will get better jobs. The people who do not attend school will have less knowledge and will not get a successful career. It is good for the people to have more students in the country. Improving knowledge is a useful skill all across Asia. Unsupported Statement - Gives opinion with no examples or evidence Organization: - No connection to the other sentences
  10. 10. EXAMPLE OF A GOOD POST
  11. 11. “ All children should stay in school until they are 18” The age to leave school is different in many countries around the world, but I do not think staying on until 18 is a good idea. Extra years of education will deny children opportunity to start work early in more practical or vocational jobs that do not require any more formal education. For example, many countries in Europe, such as the UK, have 16 as the leaving age for school . They have the options to leave and start work, or to continue studying. This choice is of great benefit to society and can allow different types to people to pursue their own careers earlier in life. For these reasons, I believe that keeping children in school for longer can damage their future and the working society of a country.
  12. 12. “ All children should stay in school until they are 18” Relevance: - Directly related to the topic The age to leave school is different in many countries around the world, but I do not think staying on until 18 is a good ideas. Extra years of education will deny children opportunity to start work early in more practical or vocational jobs that do not require any more formal education. For example, many countries in Europe such as UK has 16 as the leaving age for school. They have the options to leave and start work, or t to continue studying. This choice is of great benefit to society and can allow different types to people to pursue their own careers earlier in life. For these reasons, I believe that keep children in school for longer can damage their future and the working society of a country. Organization: Supported Statement: - Includes topic sentence, - Gives opinion with examples or supporting sentences, and a evidence conclusion along with good transition signals
  13. 13. How to Access the EPOP Forum
  14. 14. Login to the student portal and go to your enrolled course page. Scroll down to the appropriate week and look for the forum link in the “Assessment” section Click on the forum link to see the assigned topic and to view other students’ posts
  15. 15. Click on these two links to view the useful presentations “What is a paragraph?” and “Basic Paragraph Construction” The assigned topic for the current forum assignment is displayed here Click “Add a new discussion topic” to post your opinion on the topic Responses that have already been posted by other students are displayed here
  16. 16. Enter the subject/topic of your forum post into the “Subject” field After clicking “Add a new discussion topic,” you will see this page Type/Copy and Paste your ideas in this space! Once you have written your paragraph, click “Post to forum” to submit your response
  17. 17. After posting your opinion to the forum, you will see this page Students' Posts Individual student’s post By clicking on each individual post, you can see the opinions of your fellow students By clicking “Reply,” you can respond to your peer’s opinion/post
  18. 18. Check the portal regularly to see if anyone has replied to your post or if there are any new posts that you are interested in responding to.
  19. 19. Other Graded Writing Assignments You have just learned how to post to the EPOP Student Forum. Throughout your course, you will also be assigned several graded paragraph and essay assignments. The process for submitting these assignments is the same as that by which you post to the EPOP Student Forum.
  20. 20. Good Luck! If you have any concerns or technical problems, do not hesitate to contact EPOP team: Michael: epopasia@gmail.com Sokha: sokha.epopasia@gmail.com Kyi Min Han: mm.epopasia@gmail.com Sandar: sandar.epop@gmail.com

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