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PSY/202 Week 3 Assignment -ANSWER KEY

PSY/202 Week 3 Assignment -ANSWER KEY
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PSY/202 Week 3 Assignment

Step Two, Written Assignment

During Week Three, you will Complete Step Two of your Reflective Paper. You will write a draft of your Reflective Paper in full essay form. The introduction and body of your paper must be in full sentences and paragraphs. This is the next step of the writing process. NOTE: Although the headings Introduction, Body, and Conclusion are used here to separate the information, personal papers like your Reflective Paper in this class should not have any headings. The paper should flow smoothly from one paragraph to another. 

As part of this step, search the University library for one source about adult learning that supports your position into your paper. You do this by clicking on the Library link in the left navigation of your online course. Review the Library Tutorial located in Week 2.

When you find a source you think might fit into your paper, add this source to your reference page. Since the articles in the library are available in both print and electronic form and since you are using the electronic/online version, use the appropriate format found in the Library Tutorial.

  1. Introduction
    Your introduction is a paragraph or two that includes a brief thesis statement and gives an overview of what you will cover in your paper.

    The thesis statement can be defined as a single sentence that creates a main focus for your paper.

    The introduction sets the stage for what is to follow in the body of the paper. It might be considered a brief description or synopsis of what the paper is about, much like the information you might find on the back cover or the inside cover of a novel to get your attention and to entice you to buy the book. Follow the guidelines below for preparing the introduction:
    • Repeat the title of your paper, centered, at the top of the page.
    • Do not use a heading for the introduction of your paper.
    • The introduction section should be brief and specific (one or two paragraphs), clearly stating what you intend to write about in your paper.
    • Clearly identify the topic or main focus of the paper (this statement, in effect, will become your thesis statement).
    • Briefly explain how you will approach the paper (provide your reader with a preview of what you intend to cover).
  2. Body
    The body of your paper will expand on the brief points or phrases you created in your outline and will relate different key points of your life story. Because this is a personal reflection paper, you will write it in the first person (meaning you will refer to yourself as “I” not as “the author,” which would be third person). When you begin writing research-based papers, you will use the third person.  

    In addition to telling the narrative of your story by expanding the outline into full sentences and paragraphs, you also need to show how your story is explained by some of the theories from the Adult Development text. You demonstrate your understanding of a theory by giving examples from your life or from a situation you know that illustrate the theory. See the Sample Paper for guidelines.

    Part of the purpose for this Reflective Paper is to teach you how to cite (or give credit) to outside sources (references). Theories from your textbook that you link to your personal experiences and information you use from articles you select in the library are examples of outside sources; they are ideas that are not your own. Your outline should include at least two places in your paper in which you plan to include outside sources. 
    Highlight these two places in your paper in yellow so that your Teaching Assistant knows to look at how you have cited your sources. You will not lose points if your sources are cited incorrectly at this point. The rest of your paper will be your own experiences and thoughts in your own words and will, therefore, not need citations.
    When you write the body of your paper, your paragraphs need to be clear and cohesive. Below is one suggestion for structuring a paragraph.
    • Begin with the main idea for the paragraph.
    • Write each of your supporting points.
    • Add some additional explanation or discussion.

At the end of the paragraph, add a summary sentence and a transition that will lead the reader smoothly to the next paragraph. The introduction and body of your paper should consist of four to five double-spaced pages. (The title page and reference page do not count as part of the four to five pages.)

When you have finished writing the introduction and body of your paper, revise your Step One assignment and add the introduction and body to it, so that your paper now includes the following: 

  • Title page
  • Outline
  • Introduction paragraph (with a thesis statement)
  • Body (paragraphs expanding on your outline)
  • Referene page

You will then have a good solid first draft of your paper. Congratulations! Submit this entire Microsoft Word document to your Teaching Assistant using the dropbox in your online course. (Reminder: Only .doc or .rtf file extensions are permitted.)

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