Writers often face the challenge of too many ideas swirling about their heads
when they sit down to draft an essay or other document. The swirling ideas can
lead to writer’s block or a disorganized draft. This Discussion will help you
bring order to an argument for change by using a graphic organizer like those in
the KUWC resource “Graphic Organizers for Invention” or
writing an outline. Your outline or graphic organizer should include at least
four points that will help you to support your essay’s thesis statement; be sure
to include that thesis statement in the outline or organizer. Once your ideas
are organized, you will then draft a body paragraph that can then be revised for
your persuasive essay in the next unit.
Begin by reviewing the Unit 8 Assignment, and then respond to all of the following prompts:
- Post an outline or graphic organizer that captures and organizes at least
four ideas for your persuasive essay. Be sure to include a thesis statement
in your outline or graphic organizer. Also, include at least one
misconception or opposition point to your argument.
- Post a draft version of a body paragraph that would be appropriate for your
To earn full participation credit, you will need to respond substantively to at
least two peers’ initial Discussion posts. Consider using the Checklist for
Crafting an Effective Paragraph, from the KUWC article “Paragraph Development” to guide your
feedback on the peers’ paragraphs and sentence structure. These responses should
stay on topic and generate further discussion by asking questions, mentioning
relevant examples, and if possible, referencing concepts from the unit Learning
All Discussion posts and responses to peers should be written in complete
sentences using Standard American English. Before posting, proofread for
grammar, spelling, and word-choice issues. Be sure to respond fully to every
aspect of the Discussion.
When you refer to concepts from the unit’s Learning Activities, be sure to use a
signal phrase like “According to . . .[name of reading].” If you are directly
quoting the Learning Activities or another source, be sure to use quotation
marks and cite the source using proper APA in-text citations and full
Kaplan University Writing Center has
resources on APA citation formatting.
You can review a sample Discussion post and response to a peer by clicking on the
Unit 7 Sample Discussion Assignment.
You can review the rubric the instructor will use when determining your
Discussion grade by clicking on the following link:
Discussion Assignment Grading Rubric.