ESSAY 1: Analysis Using Definition with APA Documentation DUE: MON., FEB. 9, 2015 NOTE: On the due date, you will not be allowed to leave the classroom to print your final draft, so please come to class prepared. NOTE: If you have an emergency that prevents your class attendance on our due date, you must follow the procedure explained in our syllabus in order for your work to be considered for grading. FINAL DRAFT LENGTH: 3 full pages of text, typed, double spaced Times New Roman 12-point font. NOT included in page count but required: Title page and References page, typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font. STEP 1. Think about the profession your program is preparing you for and then write a definition of that occupation you plan to occupy. For example: if you plan to be a PTA, you would define the goals of that profession and/or the tasks of that profession. You could also analyze/define the characteristics of the successful PTA as well as the characteristics of the unsuccessful PTA. To handle this latter part, analyzing/defining the unsuccessful PTA, you would be using definition by negation (review p. 355, Longman). STEP 2. Locate your sources. Here are your source requirements. REQUIRED Types of Sources: You must use and are limited to these three categories of sources: 1) a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal article (either hard copy from library or from South College databases) 2) a .gov or .edu or .org web site 3) a textbook Not allowed: dictionary, .com web sites (exception: Mayoclinic.com), encyclopedia, Wikipedia, religious texts, newspapers **IF you have trouble locating material in any of these source categories, please see me. Total Number of Required Sources: 2 – 4 (If you wish to exceed 4, please get approval from me first.) NOTE: having a minimum of two required sources, of course, means you do not have to use one source from each of the required three categories of source material. If you wish to use only two sources, then you choose two of the required categories and work within those categories. STEP 3. Create your essay, and adhere to our standard requirements listed here: (Failure to meet these basic requirements will lower your essay’s final grade.) * Do not use first person. * Do not use second person. * Use Times New Roman 12-point font throughout your entire essay. * Format your entire essay according to APA guidelines (title page, headers, page numbers, spacing, margins, etc.). * Use correct APA documentation throughout your essay (in-text citations, Reference page entries, correct verb tense in signal phrases, etc.). * Be academically responsible and ethical with your use of all source material (direct quotes, paraphrases, summaries). * Proofread carefully your typing & use of borrowed passages against the original author’s work. Make sure you have no instances of inaccurate copying/typing and/or plagiarism, as we have discussed in class. * Introduction and conclusion paragraphs should each have no less than 5 – 7 sentences. The introduction should have a clearly identifiable thesis sentence. * Each body paragraph should have no less than 12 – 14 sentences. * Each body paragraph should have a clearly identifiable topic sentence that links to and develops the essay’s thesis sentence. * Each body paragraph should contain specific examples to illustrate the paragraph’s main idea. * Do not use bulleted or numbered lists anywhere in your essay. Write in standard sentences within standard paragraphs. * Use appropriate tone (mood and word choice) and diction (level of vocabulary choice) to address your college-level audience. * Use standard rules of grammar and punctuation. STEP 4. Proofread and revise your completed draft. Before turning in your work to be graded, you must spend time reviewing your pages for the following: 1) Proofread your work for typographical and other errors. STRATEGY: To proofread more successfully, try to work ahead of the due date so you can put your essay down for at least one day without reading it. Then, return to your pages with fresher (less tired) eyes for a final proofread to catch errors you may have missed while in the drafting stage. STRATEGY: You can also proofread by reading your pages in reverse order – starting with the last paragraph and finishing with the first paragraph. This sometimes helps us see individual sentences and their potential errors instead of focusing only on the message of the entire essay, which is what we think about when we read from the beginning to the end of our pages. If you turn in a final draft that is riddled with typos, spelling, grammar, and/or punctuation errors, you will lose points. 2) Proofread each of your APA citations, both in-text citations and entries on the References page. Be sure you have followed all APA rules. If you turn in a final draft that contains multiple APA errors, you will lose points.
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