The following attached Range articles are based on Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive, and Related Disorders. There are three articles in the attached Range document. Please read the commentary assignment document on how to proceed with the assignment and its requirements. Follow its guidelines and instructions. Your work should show a genuine understanding of what the commentary requires and the subject topic(Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive, and Related Disorders).
If the assignment is done well within the specification parameters as highlighted in the attached commentary document, I will be very generous when tipping. But, If the commentary assignment is done well below a satisfactory level I will decline the answer without the option of a second chance.
Each learning module includes current, edgy, and controversial readings, videos,
Your Commentaries need to be based on material from the ?RANGE? activities. It is
and encouraged to make links to your text or subject topic, but the ?RANGE?
activities should be the primary focus of your commentary. Things to Know: § Word Count: Commentaries are 300 to 400 words (no more; no less, and I am
strict about these parameters).
§ Grammar: A key goal is for you to improve your writing skills, therefore, full
sentences, and correct spelling and grammar are required. Text language
harshly penalized! Remember that the first person singular pronoun is
(For example, ?I would love to see students write eloquently in their
§ Create your document in Word: I highly recommend creating your document in
Word or other word processing program.
§ Thesis Statement: A commentary is a mini essay and therefore needs to be
anchored around a compelling thesis statement ? a position, angle, or pitch.
more about the thesis statement below).
§ A Commentary is NOT a summary. Since your commentary should be
to a wider audience than this class you cannot assume your reader has seen or read
the same material that you have. Therefore, a sentence or two to orient your reader
is often necessary. However, commentaries that only summarize the week?s
activities will receive a failing grade.
§ Personal Experiences: A Commentary is NOT an opportunity for you to
about your personal experiences. Ultimately, I am not very interested in
unsupported personal opinions. I am interested in your thesis statement, and to see
that thesis backed up with specific RESEARCH evidence from your RANGE
§ Case Studies: Some of your RANGE activities will be based on case studies. A
study may be illustrative of a point you are trying to make, but a sample size of 1 is
NOT research evidence and should not be cited as if it were. How to write a GREAT commentary Begin with a strong rationale for why your thesis is important in a sentence or two
leading up to your thesis statement. Develop a coherent and compelling thesis statement within the first paragraph
(usually the last sentence of the first paragraph). Use specific examples from the activities to weave this thesis throughout the
paper. Illustrate an understanding of the central argument of the readings, podcasts, or
videos that are cited, and capture that essence succinctly in your own words (SO
hard to do). Integrate several activities or readings to provide evidence for the thesis
statement. Use correct grammar and sentence structure, without spelling mistakes or typos ?
i.e. perfect copy (this is ONE area over which you have total control). Provide a punchy conclusion that goes beyond simply restating what has come
before. Make every one of those 300-400 words there to support a central argument. Do
not repeat your ideas; you don?t have enough words to waste any! Look for places
to cut extra words. If you can say it in fewer words, do so. Read your paper out loud. You would be amazed at how many mistakes you can
find and words that you can cut by reading your paper out loud. (This is what I am
doing right now!) The Thesis Statement One of the key struggles students have in writing a Commentary is creating a thesis
statement. Hopefully this will help:
§ To create a clear thesis statement, try finishing this sentence. ?The purpose of this
paper is to prove that .....? (lets call it TPOTPITPT for short).
§ Then take that lead in OUT of the sentence (i.e. you do NOT include those
in your commentary) and there is your thesis.
§ Lets work through an example:
o Let?s say you?ve looked at Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and want to
create a thesis statement that you are going to list the symptoms of PTSD.
However, if you try to finish the TPOTPITPT sentence it doesn?t work. ?The
purpose of this paper is to prove that the symptoms of PTSD are ?.? doesn?t
PROVE anything. It doesn?t pose an argument, or try to convince me of a
particular point of view. However, if you set up your argument to say ?the
purpose of this paper is to prove that, for caregivers, understanding PTSD
symptoms is key to coping with them?, NOW you have a position. You may
still be enlightening me about PTSD symptoms, but now you have a thesis or an
argument. You can easily drop the ?TPOTPITPT? and the thesis statement stands alone, punchy, convincing, and making me eager to read on: ?For
caregivers, understanding PTSD symptoms is key to coping with them?.
§ Usually your thesis statement is the last sentence in your opening paragraph. Your
opening sentences set up your thesis, provide a rationale for why it is important,
and give it a place to land. Then your thesis statement becomes the scaffolding to
build the remainder of your commentary.
§ Use the body of your paper to develop that argument, citing specific research
evidence from the assigned materials or other course material.
§ The "opinion" is your thesis or position. But the body of the paper builds this
argument through compelling research evidence. In this way, you go beyond
summarizing the readings, and use that material to persuade your reader
your particular conviction. (Think back to our PTSD example).
§ When I write an article, I do my research, read, and then often go for a long walk
to ponder and find my "pitch" or "argument". And after this many of years of
writing, it is still not easy! Referencing It is not necessary to include a reference list at the end of your Commentary. For the purposes of this assignment use bracket references with the author?s last
name and the year, as I have done here (Johnson, 2016). Within the paper, it is the convention in psychology to use the author's last name,
rather than saying "the article" or naming the title of the article or video. Not only
does it give credit where credit is due, it allows you to become familiar with the
experts in various fields of research. If you cite material outside of the course work (although this is not required as you
will have no shortage of material), include a full reference at the bottom of your
paper. This reference will not be included in your word count. When you cite the textbook, use the authors? last name, year of publication, and
provide a page reference to help me out.
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