First Draft of a Commentary Assignment
For this assignment, write a 750-1,000-word commentary that addresses a trend/topic related to ADHD. According to Trimbur (2013) in The Call to Write, “Commentary is a genre of writing that uses analysis and interpretation to find patterns of meaning in events, trends, and ideas. The purpose of commentary is not simply to report on things but to give readers a way to make sense of them.” This means that your essay should review a single trend related to ADHD. For instance: you could analyze one of the following trends (you are not limited to this list; these are suggestions): Increase in ADHD Diagnoses
Impact of ADHD on a Child’s Schooling
Impact of New ADHD Treatments
Hidden Dangers of ADHD Medications
The Reasoning Behind ADHD Awareness Week
ADHD and the Zombie Phenomenon
ADHD Drug Overdoses
This essay is NOT a summary of several different elements of ADHD. Rather, it is an analysis of a single trend related to ADHD, including various elements of that single trend. Your review should include at least five scholarly sources outside of class texts. Directions
1. Label or Identify the Subject: Provide the name for the trend and provide some context or background for the subject. 2. Explain the Subject: Find a pattern of meaning in the trend (e.g., speculate as to causes and effects of an event, compare with a similar case, or offer an example). 3. Make a Judgment/Offer an Opinion: Evaluate the trend using 3rd person; offer praise or critique the trend, offering evidence to support your claims.
First Draft Grading
You will receive completion points for the first draft based upon the successful submission of your draft.
The final draft of this assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful...
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