Answered By: Rachel Willard
Last Updated: Jul 07, 2016     Views: 2555

To write a strong discussion post, take the following steps:

1. Read the prompt carefully.

What question or required reading are you being asked to respond to? Be sure to respond to that specific question.

2. Consider requirements.

How many words should the post be? What is the due date and time? How many sources should you use? What should the format look like? Be careful to adhere to the guidelines given by your instructor. If no specific formatting is indicated, follow general APA guidelines or use a template.

3. Brainstorm.

After reading the required material, brainstorm some ideas that answer the questions or respond the material. Use other prewriting techniques to get your ideas flowing. If you get stuck, see the Writing Center’s tips on avoiding writer’s block.

4. Outline.

Create a thesis (even if it is only a brief one) to give your readers an area of focus. Then outline the points that you will cover. Be sure to include a brief introduction and conclusion (one sentence for each is often sufficient). Even discussion posts can benefit from outlining, so try some outlining strategies.

5. Draft.

Go ahead and get started! Use your outline as a starting point, and review resources on using scholarly tone as you write. Give credit to outside sources if you use them; learn how to cite your sources properly if you're not sure how to give credit to your sources.

 

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