The Pros And Cons Of Discussion Posts

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Discussion posts have always been a challenge for me simply because I struggle with not having an opinion, but stating it and defending it. In my writing, I have made many mistakes including but not limited to grammatical errors, passive sentences, and limited syntax. However, my discussion posts also have several positive qualities: evidence from each module included and outside information presented. Therefore, discussion posts I have presented include both negatives and positives that improve over time in my writing.
First, I will apologize for my horrible grammar and plethora of “throughout history..” statements that I often used near the beginning of the course. I take pride in my decent ability to write, but I do not always own up to my inability to proofread. Therefore, I will begin discussing the things that, to put it simply, just go wrong in my discussion posts.
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Although cliché phrases and grammatical errors are an issue within my discussion posts, the largest issues are my inability to add to the discussion with interesting opinions and facts and my tendency to impersonalize the author of the post that I respond to. For example, many students begin their reply to a post with “(the author’s name), I agree with…” I have a tendency to begin my response without acknowledging the author. Also, my responses to other students are usually to posts that correlate with my posts. Only twice I have responded to a post with a different opinion than mine: one on the Venus of Willendorf and the other to Etruscan art. However, on one of these I did not defend my opinion, but I seemed to change it altogether. This habit surprised me as I reread my work, especially since the incident happened later in the course, after my writing matured from grammatical errors to

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