Doctoral Writing Assessment

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Many students who enroll at Walden University are intrigued by its commitment to positive social change. As a member of the Walden community, how do you see yourself as an advocate of that mission? In what ways are you already making a difference in the world?

In 250 words or less, write an original essay in response to the prompt above. To present your strongest writing skills, please ensure your essay:

Concerns the essay topic specified in the assignment prompt.

Appears in paragraphs with an introduction, a body section, and a conclusion.

Maintains academic integrity by demonstrating your original work.

VERY IMPORTANT INTRUCTIONS TO FOLLOW 

Planning your Essay

POINT 1 : Compose an original essay in response to the prompt to avoid plagiarism and ensure the essay is on topic.

POINT 2: Carefully read and reread the assignment prompt and clearly address the question(s) posed.

POINT 3: Outline your essay before writing to determine your central idea, supporting points, and evidence/examples and to ensure that these ideas are connected to each other and the prompt.

POINT 4: Keep the 250-word count requirement in mind while outlining, and only plan to write as much as the assignment prompt allows.

Drafting your Essay

POINT 5: Organize the essay with a beginning (a brief introduction paragraph), middle (body paragraphs), and end (a brief conclusion).

POINT 6: Develop ideas by providing personal examples, explanation, and reasoning; personal examples are appropriate evidence in developing a response to the prompt, and it is not necessary to integrate and cite outside evidence. 

POINT 7: Use first-person pronouns – such as I, me, and my – and avoid passive voice, writing instead in active voice, to make ideas clear.

POINT 8: Transition between paragraphs and between ideas within paragraphs by including a thesis, topic sentences, and transitional phrases.

 

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