MAIN POST For this discussion, choose one of the following two readings. Then, answer the three questions that follow in a separate paragraph for each response.

I’m trying to learn for my English class and I’m stuck. Can you help?

  • Option 2 – Martin, S. (2014) Writing is easy. In G.H. Muller (Ed.), The McGraw-Hill reader: Issues across the disciplines pp. 114-117. McGraw-Hill.
    • p. 117, “Writing,” Question 3: Writing an Argument: Argue for or against the proposition that one must find the ideal place (“Location, Location, Location,” as Martin calls it) in order to write effectively.
    • Be sure to quote and cite Martin when writing your response.

First, read the article carefully. Answer the question associated with the reading you selected, either p. 108 – Question 4 or p. 117 – Question 3.

Second, identify what rhetorical mode the author is using. For instance, is the author using cause & effect or process? Narration or problem solution? How do you know? Identify which rhetorical mode is being used, and support your ideas with the reading. Recall that direct support means using a quote. The quote should be integrated into your own ideas. An example can be found here. Make sure that you provide a proper citation. (100+ words)

Third, think about what the author is suggesting you do in your writing. How will you apply this author’s ideas to your own writing process? Give concrete and specific examples. (100+ words)


  • Practice your APA reference skills. Include a reference for the reading you selected.
  • Your main post (3 paragraphs, 300+ words) is due by Wednesday at 11:59 PM Eastern. No credit will be awarded for late posts without instructor approval.

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