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(solution) COMMENTARY ASSIGNMENT Each learning module includes current,


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. 

Thanks.


COMMENTARY ASSIGNMENT

 

Each learning module includes current, edgy, and controversial readings, videos,

 

and podcasts.

 

Your Commentaries need to be based on material from the ?RANGE? activities. It is

 

acceptable

 

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

 

will be

 

harshly penalized! Remember that the first person singular pronoun is

 

capitalized.

 

(For example, ?I would love to see students write eloquently in their

 

commentaries?).

 

§ 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.

 

(See

 

more about the thesis statement below).

 

§ A Commentary is NOT a summary. Since your commentary should be

 

accessible

 

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

 

tell me

 

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

 

activities.

 

§ Case Studies: Some of your RANGE activities will be based on case studies. A

 

case

 

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

 

words

 

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

 

about

 

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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