Doctoral Writing Assessment
Many students who enroll at Walden University are intrigued by its commitment to positive social change. As a member of the Walden community, how do you see yourself as an advocate of that mission? In what ways are you already making a difference in the world?
In 250 words or less, write an original essay in response to the prompt above. To present your strongest writing skills, please ensure your essay:
Concerns the essay topic specified in the assignment prompt.
Appears in paragraphs with an introduction, a body section, and a conclusion.
Maintains academic integrity by demonstrating your original work.
VERY IMPORTANT INTRUCTIONS TO FOLLOW
Planning your Essay
POINT 1 : Compose an original essay in response to the prompt to avoid plagiarism and ensure the essay is on topic.
POINT 2: Carefully read and reread the assignment prompt and clearly address the question(s) posed.
POINT 3: Outline your essay before writing to determine your central idea, supporting points, and evidence/examples and to ensure that these ideas are connected to each other and the prompt.
POINT 4: Keep the 250-word count requirement in mind while outlining, and only plan to write as much as the assignment prompt allows.
Drafting your Essay
POINT 5: Organize the essay with a beginning (a brief introduction paragraph), middle (body paragraphs), and end (a brief conclusion).
POINT 6: Develop ideas by providing personal examples, explanation, and reasoning; personal examples are appropriate evidence in developing a response to the prompt, and it is not necessary to integrate and cite outside evidence.
POINT 7: Use first-person pronouns – such as I, me, and my – and avoid passive voice, writing instead in active voice, to make ideas clear.
POINT 8: Transition between paragraphs and between ideas within paragraphs by including a thesis, topic sentences, and transitional phrases.