Assignment: Collaborative Group Writing

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UNIVERSITI TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN
ACADEMIC YEAR 2012 / 2013
FHEL 1024 ACADEMIC ENGLISH

Assignment: Collaborative Group Writing

PROCEDURE
PART 1: PRE WRITING & OUTLINE (5 MARKS)
a. You will work in groups of 4/5 members from the same lecture group b. During lecture 5, a topic will be given to you. Develop a thesis statement and brainstorm the structure of the essay c. Find at least 4 different texts from sources such as books, journals, newspapers, magazines, etc. (Remember that ideally the chosen references should support your thesis) d. Read each of your sources carefully and highlight the main ideas. e. Summarize and paraphrase the main ideas 

f. Analyze your sources to identify the similarities and differences or group similar ideas together; generalize from these similar ideas  g. Organize the various generalizations in a logical and coherent way. h. Prepare an essay outline/ plan of your ideas using ONE of the visual forms learned (mind-map / sentence or topic outline) i. Prepare your essay plan / outline on a piece of paper & present it to your lecturer in Week 7.

PART 2 PEER REVIEW OF FIRST DRAFT (5 MARKS)
a. Based on the essay plan, draft an essay of 400 words.
b. Organize your paper logically:
I. State your thesis clearly and make sure that it reflects the focus of your essay. II. Make sure your main points are clearly stated (use topic sentences), and connect each point to your thesis as explicitly as possible. III. Divide paragraphs logically.

IV. Provide appropriate transitions both within and between paragraphs

c. Use specific examples and source materials appropriately as support. Be sure to integrate source materials smoothly into your own writing using transitions. Also be sure to avoid unnecessary repetition.

d. Remember to acknowledge other people's work by including in-text citation and a list of references (APA format) to avoid plagiarism. e....
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