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Designing an Online Discussion

YOUR ORIGINAL POST MUST BE AT LEAST 100 WORDS (20 pts) AND IS DUE BY THE END OF THE DAY FRIDAY. YOUR 3 RESPONSES MUST BE AT LEAST 25 THOUGHTFUL WORDS EACH (5 pts total) AND MUST BE POSTED BY THE END OF THE DAY MONDAY OF THE FOLLOWING WEEK. SEE ME IMMEDIATELY IF YOU FEEL YOU CANNOT PARTICIPATE IN THE ONLINE DISCUSSION SO I CAN MODIFY THE ASSIGNMENT FOR YOU.

During the 1920s, traditionalists were people who wanted to hold onto more traditional American ways and values while modernists believed that Americans should embrace new ways of thinking and behaving that better reflected a more modern age. Review Chapter 12 Section 1 that discusses postwar issues in America. Also, review Chapter 13 Sections 1-2, which discuss changing ways of life in America, specifically with regard to: Urbanization Prohibition The clash between science and religion (i.e. Scopes Trial) The changing role of women (i.e. flappers, role in workforce, role in the home) Impact of popular culture (i.e. radio, movies, jazz and blues music, sports) Increased use of the automobile The Harlem Renaissance If your last name begins with letters A-M, take on the role of a traditionalist, and if your last name begins with letters N-Z, take on the role of a modernist. Pretend you are living in the 1920s, and discuss your viewpoint on AT LEAST TWO of the topics indicated above. When you post replies, be sure to maintain your assigned viewpoint (use the first person) and consider why that group of people had such strong feelings about these issues.

Guidelines and Rubric


Discussion Board (Blog) Rubric (25 points per week)
Original Discussion Post (20 points per week)Due by midnight on Friday, unless otherwise noted 20 points Response is at least 100 words and clearly provides relevant thoughts on the posted question. Response includes clear references to the assigned reading and/ or posted resources (i.e. links to Internet sites) that demonstrate understanding of key points. Spelling and grammar are mostly correct and the tone is professional. Response is only between 80-100 words and/or provides some relevant thoughts on the posted question(s). Response includes references to the assigned reading and/or posted resources, but the references may be somewhat unclear or irrelevant. Students understanding of course content seems incomplete. Spelling and grammar are mostly correct and the tone is mostly professional. Response is less than 80 words and/or thoughts on the posted question may lack

15 points

10 points

clarity. Response includes minimal reference to the assigned reading and does not demonstrate understanding of key points. Spelling and/or grammar errors demonstrate a lack of proofreading and interfere with readers comprehension and/or the tone may be too informal. 0 points No response posted to discussion question or the response is off-topic.

3 Responses to Classmates Discussion Posts (5 points per week)Due by midnight on Monday 5 points Each of students 3 responses to classmates discussion posts clearly and thoughtfully elaborates (agree/disagree) on the others posts. Spelling and grammar are correct and the tone is professional. Student responds to classmates discussion posts 3 times, but responses may lack clarity or thoughtful elaboration, OR student only responds 2 times to classmates posts, though replies offer thoughtful elaboration. Spelling and grammar are mostly correct and the tone is professional. Student replies 2 times but they lack clarity or thoughtful elaboration OR student only responds 1 time to a classmates post, though the reply offers thoughtful elaboration. Response is off-topic or lacks academic thought (i.e. I agree. Nice post!)

4 points

2 points

0 points

**Remember for full credit, you must respond at least three times to classmates discussion posts.** **You can earn extra credit by thoughtfully responding to more than 3 classmate posts (up to two points for two additional replies)**

IMPORTANT: Let me know (in person, e-mail, by phone, etc.) if you believe you will have trouble completing this computer-based assignment since I can modify the assignment to accommodate you. Use the Troubleshooting Tips and the How-To Guide to Blogging documents posted on the class website if you encounter any issues when trying to log-in and post comments. YOUR PROBLEM IS MY PROBLEM; I WILL SOLVE YOUR PROBLEM, BUT I NEED YOU TO LET ME KNOW THERE IS A PROBLEM SO I CAN FIGURE OUT HOW BEST TO SOLVE IT! I AM HERE TO HELP YOU!