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 asingle 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 fivescholarly 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 third 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. Since instructor feedback for this draft is optional, you will need to consider feedback from peers and your self-review. You may also use the Center for Learning Advancement (CLA) and ThinkingStorm online tutoring services available at the following link for additional feedback:http://www.gcu.edu/Learning-Resources/Center-for-Learning-and-Advancement.php

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 completion of the assignment.

Because your first draft is a completion grade, do not assume that this grade reflects or predicts the final grade.

Final Draft Grading

The final essay will be graded using a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations.

Sources

·         Include in-text citations and a References page in GCU Style for at leastFIVEscholarly sources outside of class texts.

·         These sources should be used to support any claims you make.

·         Use the GCU Library to help you find sources.

·         Include this research in the paper in a scholarly manner.

Format

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the GCU Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

TurnItIn

·         You are required to submit this assignment to TurnItIn. Refer to the Turnitin Tutorial in the Student Success Center.

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