Humanities : Two week Question

each week will have 10 Question and also one discussion

Also for this week, I will have the Semester Project Part 3

It will be a essay.


PART 3 ESSAY


What to Write?

Religion is one cultural aspect that plays a very influential role in the choices of foods consumed in cultures all around the world. Religions put certain boundaries that determine people’s food values and how people make their own food choices. In Part 3, you will introduce the main religions and investigate their impacts on food culture and people’s diet in the Asian culture you are assigned to. In addition, you will learn about all three cultures and cuisine by reading and responding to your peers’ posts.

Specifically, please consider the following when you draft the post:

  • Introduce the overall religious situation and its impacts on food in your assigned Asian country
  • Define each religion’s key concepts and beliefs
  • Delineate the religious beliefs (or rationales) expressed as food customs
  • Evaluate each religion’s dietary practices, restrictions, and laws
  • Synthesize the impacts of religion on food culture and people’s die

Please have the following requirements in mind when crafting your post:

  • Your post should be a cohesive research paper, not a Q&A session
  • Use at least THREEreferences from library resources and credible online sources to support your opinion.
  • Use APA stylesfor citations and references
  • The final draft should be at least 500 words . However, depth matters more than length
  • Part 3= ONE post+ THREE responses

How to Write?

First, write and post about religion and its impact on food of the Asian culture you are assigned to (12 points)

Here is an outline of the steps to writing a good online post on a brief overall history and food history of an Asian culture. The process is similar to write any good research paper, which takes time and practice.

1. Make sure you know what the discussion prompt is asking

Part 3 requires you to write a post to briefly introduce the main religions and their impacts on food in the Asian culture you are assigned to. This assignment does not require you to conduct a comprehensive examination of every religion in the culture (you need several books or more to accomplish this). Instead, you might want to have an overview of religions, followed by a discussion of each major religion, such as its beliefs and concepts. You also need to investigate the beliefs and rationales for religious dietary practices and laws to understand the reasons for nutritional and dietary customs in a religion. Evaluate the dietary practices, restrictions, and laws in each major religion under discussion. Your writing should end with a synthesis of the impacts of religion on food choices and diets.

2. Brainstorm possible arguments and responses

Before you even start researching or drafting, take a few minutes to consider what you already know about the topic. Make a list of ideas or draw a cluster diagram, using circles and arrows to connect ideas--whatever method works for you. At this point in the process, it is helpful to write down all of your ideas without stopping to judge or analyze each one in depth. You want to think big and bring in everything you know or suspect about the topic. After you have finished, read over what you have created. Look for patterns or trends or questions that keep coming up. Based on what you have brainstormed, what do you still need to learn about the topic? Do you have a tentative argument or response to the paper prompt? Use this information to guide you as you start your research and develop a thesis statement.

3. Start researching

You need to conduct outside research to have a better understanding of the overall and food history of the Asian culture you are assigned to. The SF State library system offers plenty of resources. There are also lots of articles online about this topic. Make sure you use multiple resources and evaluate the reliability of the sources. Use at least THREEreferences from library resources and credible online sources to support your opinion.

4. Take stock and draft a thesis statement

Now you need to step back, look at the material you have, and develop your argument. Based on the reading and research you have done, how might you meet the requirements in the prompt? What arguments do your sources allow you to make? Draft a thesis statement in one or two sentences to clearly and succinctly make an argument.

If you find writing a thesis daunting, remember that whatever you draft now is not set in stone. Your thesis will change. As you do more research, reread your sources, and write your paper, you will learn more about the topic and your argument. For now, produce a "working thesis," meaning, a thesis that represents your thinking up to this point. Remember it will almost certainly change as you move through the writing process. Once you have a thesis statement, you may find that you need to do more research targeted to your specific argument.

5. Identify your key sources (both primary and secondary) and annotate them

Now look back over your sources and identify which ones are most critical to you--the ones you will be grappling with most directly in order to make your argument. Then, annotate them. Annotating sources means writing a paragraph that summarizes the main idea of the source as well as shows how you will use the source in your post.

While it might seem like this step creates more work for you by having to do more writing, it in fact serves two critical purposes: it helps you refine your working thesis by distilling exactly what your sources are saying, and it helps smooth your writing process. Having dissected your sources and articulated your ideas about them, you can more easily draw upon them when constructing your post.

6. Draft an outline of your paper

An outline is helpful in giving you a sense of the overall structure of your writing and how best to organize your ideas. You need to decide how to arrange your argument in a way that will make the most sense to your peer readers. Perhaps you decide that your argument is most clear when presented chronologically, or perhaps you find that it works best with a thematic approach.

An effective outline includes the following components: the research question from the prompt (check Step 1), your working thesis, the main idea of each body paragraph, and the evidence (from both primary and secondary sources) you will use to support each body paragraph. Be as detailed as you can when putting together your outline.

7. Write your first draft

This step can feel overwhelming, but remember that you have already done a lot of work and--armed with your working thesis, source annotations, and outline--have all the tools needed. Your goal in the draft is to articulate your argument as clearly as you can, and to marshal your evidence in support of your argument. Do not get too caught up in grammar or stylistic issues at this point, as you are more concerned now with the big-picture task of expressing your ideas in writing.

When you are writing up the evidence in your draft, you need to appropriately cite all of your sources. You must follow the required APA citation style in your reference. Remember that you need to cite not just direct quotations, but any ideas that are not your own. Inappropriate citation is considered plagiarism. For more information about how and when to cite, visit Proper Citation of Materials (APA style) in the Course Information Center in iLearn.

8. Revise your draft

After you have completed an entire first draft, move on to the revision stage. Think about revising on two levels: the global and the local. The global level refers to the argument and evidence in your paper, while the local level refers to the individual sentences.

Your first priority should be revising at the global level, because you need to make sure you are making a compelling and well-supported argument. When revising at the local level, check that you are using strong topic sentences and transitions, that you have adequately integrated and analyzed quotations, and that your paper is free from grammar and spelling errors that might distract the reader or even impede your ability to communicate your point.

9. Put it all together: the final draft

After you have finished revising and have created a strong draft, set your post aside for a few hours or overnight. Read your writing out loud, catching any errors you might have missed before. The final draft should be at least 500 words . However, depth matters more than length.

10. Post your writing

Copy and paste the post in the discussion forum. At the Subject line, please input the name of the Asian culture you are assigned to. Now, congratulate yourself. You have written a good post!

The following rubric will help you achieve an “A” for your forum posts. To be successful you must meet the expectations for each competency listed.

Semester Project Forum Post Rubric
You can earn this score: If your post meets these requirements:
“A” Posting
(10-12 points)
  1. Posted on time and in time for others to read & respond
  2. Thoughtful, comprehensive (answered all parts of the question or cover all the required content) posting with to concepts from the assigned readings and at least THREE specific references outside sources (citations included)
“B” Posting
(7-9 points)
  1. Posted on time and in time for others to read & respond
  2. Thoughtful postings with some general references to concepts from the assigned readings and other outside sources
“C” Posting
(4-6 points)
  1. Posted on time and in time for others to read & respond
  2. General opinion based postings that were not connected to concepts from the assigned readings or other outside resources
“D” and “F” Posting (0-3 points)
  1. Did not contribute or posted after due date
  2. Contributions very vague, general, and brief; did not add new ideas to the discussion
  3. No references to concepts from the assigned readings or other outside sources

Second, respond to THREE posts-one from each of the three topics (3 responses=3 points)

Remember, the online discussion forum is a place for you, your peers, and your instructor to exchange information and ideas. When responding to others’ posts, be open minded to others ideas, but feel free to express your own opinion as well.

1. Read and respond to THREE posts-one post from each of the three topics. Please choose the posts with no or least responses.

2. Respond to the posts by providing positive and constructive feedback, such as:

  • Anything interesting or new you learn from this post
  • Anything you would like to add to the discussion
  • Any disagreement or different perspectives
  • Your personal experience related to the topic under discussion

The following rubric will help you achieve a “Great” rating for your forum responses. To be successful you must meet the expectations for each competency listed.

Semester Project Forum Response Rubric

You can earn this score: If your post meets these requirements:
Great Response (1 point):
  1. Responded on time before the due date
  2. Responded to and engaged with the classmate (asking and answering questions; agreeing and adding another point; respectably disagreeing with a different perspective; adding to the conversation-not just “I agree” comments)
Not so Great Response (0 point):
  1. Did not respond; or
  2. Responded after due date; or
  3. Minimal (“I agree” with no rationale about why)

Note:

Part of this prompt was adapted from Steps for Writing a History Paper. Department of History, UCLA Social Sciences Division. Retrieved from http://www.history.ucla.edu/academics/undergraduate/history-writing-center/steps-for-writing-a-history-paper-2


Week 9 (Week 10 will be post at 10/27)

To Do List:

1. Complete the reading assignments of the following five topics and their corresponding quizzes. All quizzes need to be completed by 11:55pm, PST, Sunday, Oct 27.

7.1 Traditional Food Habits and Umami

7.2 Shushoku

7.3 Okazu

7.4 Desserts, Meal Pattern, Beverages, and Tea Ceremony

7.5 Special Occasion, Dining Etiquette, and Therapeutic Use of Food

2. Enhancement Assignment: Read an article about Japanese Mothers and Obentos and join the forum discussion

3. Complete Semester Project Part 3

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