Writing Samples for CS 101

The following four writing samples correlate with rubrics for each chapter's required writing assignment.

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Earns full points.

The following example paragraph meets writing requirements because:

  • It is written in the third-person style.
    1. When instructions ask you a personal opinion or about your process, then write in the first-person style.
    2. When instructions ask you to write about an article, then write about it in the third person style.
  • Includes enough detail about who said what.
  • Includes bolded key concepts.
  • Includes a hyperlink in the title of the article/movie.
Modern Learning mentions several ways that teaching and learning have changed since the advent of computers. Learning may include searching for definitions, tutorials, detailed explanations, and interactive media to increase knowledge and skills. Learning can also occur without lectures or books and often takes place when students interact with each other around a shared concept, which some call ‘open source’ or ‘crowdsource’ or ‘crowdlearning’. Kapur says that when groups come up with ideas together, they often begin to understand the structure of solutions so they can solve big problems. Mitra suggests that we don’t need teachers when students can teach themselves if they just have access to devices that connect to knowledge banks like search engines.
Lacks the required citation method.

Paragraph is written in the third-person, includes enough detail about who said what, but does not include a hyperlink in the title of the article/movie or bolded keywords.

Modern Learning mentions several ways that teaching and learning have changed since the advent of computers. Learning may include searching for definitions, tutorials, detailed explanations, and interactive media to increase knowledge and skills. Learning can also occur without lectures or books and often takes place when students interact with each other around a shared concept, which some call ‘open source’ or ‘crowdsource’ or ‘crowdlearning’. Kapur says that when groups come up with ideas together, they often begin to understand the structure of solutions so they can solve big problems. Mitra suggests that we don’t need teachers when students can teach themselves if they just have access to devices that connect to knowledge banks like search engines.
Lacks enough detail and the required style.

Paragraph does not meet requirements because it is written in the first-person, focuses too much on introducing the article rather than providing details about who did what as noted in the content of the article, it lacks bolded keywords, and it lacks a hyperlink in the title of the article/movie.

In this paragraph I’ll be talking about things I literally knew nothing about. This paragraph focuses on the modern learning article found in the textbook. It talks about some of the ways people teach and learn, which could be from the internet and videos.
Is plagiarized (lacks original writing).

Paragraph is copied directly from the Modern Learning article, which is plagiarism. Short quotated passages are allowed as long as the title is hyperlinked in the paragraph.

How education is delivered and received is changing rapidly and many students prefer the new ways of learning, such as through crowdlearning, TED talks, Khan Academy, and Code School. Or by working together with others to solve a problem...making new discoveries.