GEN 499 week 2 Discussion 1


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. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.


Final   Argumentative Essay Topic


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Prepare: As you prepare to write your response to this discussion   assignment, you may want to review the following resources as these will help   you in developing a topic: 

It is also recommended that you   review these tutorials from the Ashford University Library:

You may also want to review the Week Five Sample Final Paper GuidePreview the document, so that you can start preparing your rough draft that is   due in Week Four.


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Reflect: When considering a research topic, consider an   interesting topic that is worth further research. For instance, having a   strong opinion on a specific topic may deter you from thinking more   critically, and therefore the research might end up being one-sided. It is a   good idea to pick a topic in which you can provide a good argument for both   sides of the societal issue.


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Write: For this discussion you will address the following   prompts: 

  • Identify two global societal issues from the        following list that you would consider researching further for your Week        Five Final Argumentative Essay: adult illiteracy, funding for General        Education vs STEM in primary and secondary schools, minimum wage, oceans        desertification, overcoming the digital divide, refugee (escaping        persecution, war, or death) crises, species extinctions (modern), tax        havens, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), universal        statement of human rights (pick one), airport security, or wealth        disparity.
  • Describe effective methods you used in identifying        and narrowing down to just one of the two topics to further research for        your final essay.
  • Explain three ways you can critically analyze sources        to determine if they are scholarly and credible.
  • For one of the topics chosen, summarize information        from at least two peer-reviewed journal articles from the Ashford        University Library that will support your claims.
  • Explain why scholarly sources should be used to        support your writing on the selected topic.
  • Download and attach a PDF copy of one of the        peer-reviewed scholarly articles that you found from the Ashford        University Library to your answer using the “Attach” function located        below your response.

Your initial post should be at   least 250 words in length, which should include a thorough response to   each prompt. You are required to provide in-text citations of applicable   required reading materials and/or any other outside sources you use to   support your claims. Provide full reference information of all sources cited   at the end of your response. Please use correct APA format when writing in-text   citations (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.  and references (Links   to an external site.)Links to an external site..


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Respond to Peers: Review your classmates’ posts, and respond to at least   two of your peers by Day 7. In each response, provide comments on your   classmate’s topic idea and ask a question that prompts your classmate to   think more critically about how to explore the research topic in more detail.   Each participation post should be a minimum of 75 words.

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