psychology and english composition 1

1. Writing Patterns and Styles


Use description appropriately in writing based on purpose and intended audience

List guidelines for using description

Use narration appropriately in writing based on purpose and intended audience

List guidelines for using narration

Assignment Overview

In this writing assignment, you explore different writing styles.


A two-page (500-word) essay

Step 1 Select a description assignment topic.

Describe a problem you are having at work

Describe a goal you plan to achieve

Describe an event that influenced you

Describe the elements that create a satisfying shopping experience, game day, or vacation

Step 2 Write a descriptive paragraph

Write a descriptive paragraph based on the topic you selected.

Step 3 Write a narrative essay.

Incorporate your descriptive paragraph into a two-page (500-word) narrative essay. In your essay, refer to the following tips for constructing a successful story:

Emphasize details vital to your point

Relate events in chronological order

Include dialogue

Show, don’t tell

2.Discussion Board: Description and Narration

Step 1 Post a response to the discussion board.

Think about the writing you do as a professional, a volunteer, a citizen, or a friend. Respond to the following questions and, if it’s relevant, include your own personal experience:

Which two patterns of writing do you most frequently use? Describe how you use them.

Which two do you least frequently use? Explain why you don’t use them.

Which pattern(s) would most help you achieve your goals? Identify ways these patterns could benefit you.

Step 2 Read and respond to other students’ posts.
Read other students’ posts and respond to at least two of them. In addition to other comments you may have, address the following in your response posts:

React to the author’s insights about how he/she uses the writing patterns. What surprises you?

What can you learn from his/her experience?

3. Classical versus Operant Conditioning


Define classical conditioning

Define operant conditioning

Describe the principles of classical conditioning

Describe the principles of operant conditioning

Assignment Overview

This writing assignment compares classical and operant conditioning.


A one-page document (double spaced 12-point font) comparing classical and operant conditioning

Step 1Read about classical and operant conditioning.

Review the material in this lesson and in other resources, if you choose, on classical and operant conditioning.

Step 2Compare and contrast classical and operant conditioning.

Compare the two theories, including the following points:

Basic description of each theory

Components of each theory

Breakthrough research for each theory

Major thought leaders of each theory

Similarities and differences between the two theories

Step 3Report your findings.

Write a one-page report summarizing the information you acquired in Step 2.

4. please answer the following:

What is the role of reward and punishment in learning? Please provide specific examples.

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