- Think about the sometimes subtle difference between plagiarizing and paraphrasing.
- Read the following paragraphs, which were written by Patricia Oâ€™Conner:
A good writer is one you can read without breaking a sweat. If you want a workout, you donâ€™t lift a bookâ€”you lift weights. Yet weâ€™re brainwashed to believe that the more brilliant the writer, the tougher the going.
The truth is that the reader is always right. Chances are, if something youâ€™re reading doesnâ€™t make sense, itâ€™s not your faultâ€”itâ€™s the writerâ€™s. And if something you write doesnâ€™t get your point across, itâ€™s probably not the readerâ€™s faultâ€”itâ€™s yours. Too many readers are intimidated and humbled by what they canâ€™t understand, and in some cases thatâ€™s precisely the effect the writer is after. But confusion is not complexity; itâ€™s just confusion. A venerable tradition, dating back to the ancient Greek orators, teaches that if you donâ€™t know what youâ€™re talking about, just ratchet up the level of difficulty and no one will ever know.
Donâ€™t confuse simplicity, though, with simplemindedness. A good writer can express an extremely complicated idea clearly and make the job look effortless. But such simplicity is a difficult thing to achieve because to be clear in your writing you have to be clear in your thinking. This is why the simplest and clearest writing has the greatest power to delight, surprise, inform, and move the reader. You canâ€™t have this kind of shared understanding if writer and reader are in an adversary relationship. (pp. 195â€“196)
Source: Oâ€™Conner, P. (2003). Woe is I: The grammarphobeâ€™s guide to better English in plain English. New York: Riverhead Books.
- Paraphrase this passage from Oâ€™Conner using no more than 75â€“100 words. Remember that paraphrasing means summarizing the essence of the original text. It does not mean creating a thesaurus-based revision of the authorâ€™s original words or copying the piece, or any part of it, word for word. For this activity, do not use any direct quotes.
- Turn your paraphrase into Grammarly and SafeAssign.
- Review your reports.
- Review the other tools, resources, and services available to you through the Walden Writing Center that support your growth as a scholarly writer.
- Consider which of these resources you find to be most useful.
- Review learning resources on APA formatting rules and information within the Walden Writing Center on APA
Post a description of your experience of using Grammarly and SafeAssign and share at least one insight you gained about paraphrasing and avoiding plagiarism as a matter of academic integrity. Recommend at least one other online resource that supports scholarly writing, and explain your rationale. Lastly, share two APA formatting rules with the class and a specific page number in the APA manual where this rule can be located
Support your Discussion assignment with specific resources used in its preparation using APA formatting. You are asked to provide a reference for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course.
USE THIS RESOURCES (if applicable):
1. American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
- Chapter 4, â€œThe Mechanics of Styleâ€
- Chapter 6, â€œCrediting Sourcesâ€
- Chapter 7, â€œReference Examplesâ€