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Learning Guide Unit 6



Unit 6: Researching and the Sprinkles


  • Using the UoPeople Library
  • Plagiarism
  • How to add sources to a paper
  • Writing with clarity
  • Your own story choice
  • Graded Quiz

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this Unit, you will be able to:

  1. Use the UoPeople Library to find source material.
  2. Analyze and synthesize external source material.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of APA Citations.


  • Peer assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment (post, comment, and rate in the Discussion Forum)
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz
  • Take the Graded Quiz


This unit will focus on using the UoPeople Library to find three sources for your 5 paragraph paper. You will assess the sources and learn how to add them to your paper with the correct credit given per APA style format. You will learn about writing with clarity. You will use the Discussion Forum to discuss the story you chose to read for this week.  Your Learning Journal this week will be focused on gathering properly cited sources for your 5 paragraph essay.

This unit also features a Graded Quiz on the subjects from Units 1-6. It is strongly recommended that you take the Self-Quiz before attempting the Graded Quiz.

Discussion Forum Unit 6

You are required to submit a substantial response to the Discussion Assignment, which will be posted by your instructor in the Discussion Forum below. A substantial response is one that stays on topic and fully addresses the assignment in a clear, concise, and meaningful manner. If your instructor requires a specific word count, it will be stated in the assignment.

After you respond to the assignment, you are then required to both give a rating and also leave a significant comment (3-4 complete sentences) to at least three (3) of your peers' responses, in order to receive full credit. Rate only the substantial responses that contribute to the promotion of the discussion, and not the comments of your peers.

Please review and follow the guidelines below for assessing your peer's responses to the Discussion Assignment.

Discussion Forum Rating Guidelines:
10 (A) - Excellent, substantial, relevant, insightful, enriching, and stimulating contribution to the discussion. Also, uses external resources to support position where required and/or applicable.
8 - 9 (B) - Good, quite substantial and insightful, but missing minor details which would have otherwise characterized it as an excellent response.
6 - 7 (C) - Satisfactory insight and relevance, but required some more information and effort to have warranted a better rating.
4 - 5 (D) - Limited insight and relevance of the material; more effort and reflection needed to have warranted a satisfactory grading.
0 - 3 (F) - Unsatisfactory insight/relevance or failure to answer the question, reflecting a poor or limited understanding of the subject matter and/or the guidelines of the question.

If at any time you suspect that a post in this Discussion Forum violates UoPeople's rules regarding plagiarism and/or any aspect of UoPeople’s Academic Code of Conduct, please notify your instructor immediately.

Remember that your instructor will be reviewing responses, ratings, and comments - and will adjust ratings if he/she believes that they do not seem warranted or supportable.

Discussion Assignment

For your Discussion Assignment, you will pick a story that is located in the reading assignment area. You will state, with a quotation from the story you chose, why you decided to write on that particular story. I want you to explain the significance of the quote to you--why did this line from the story stand out to you--and tell your classmates if you recommend the story or not.

Remember, you will need to use:

  • One quote formatted using APA in-text citation style.
  • The full reference information formatted using APA Reference section style (if you need help with the reference material, you can use BibMe at www.bibme.org but make sure you select APA and not MLA).

You are also responsible for replying with three or four sentences to three different students and rating their main posts from 1 (poor) to 10 (excellent) in the Rate box provided.


BibMe. (n.d.). BibMe - The online writing centerwww.bibme.org

Learning Journal Unit 6

For this Unit's Learning Journal, you will research and identify three peer-reviewed sources for information to add to the essay draft you submitted in Unit 3. Then, for each source, submit the full reference information (formatted using APA Reference section style) followed by at least one quote and/or paraphrase that you wish to use for your essay formatted using APA in-text citation style. Your paper should be organized as follows:

1) At the top, include the thesis statement you wrote in Learning Journal Unit 3 and used in your Writing Assignment Unit 4 essay.

 2) Research and identify three peer-reviewed sources for information to complement the essay draft you submitted in Writing Assignment Unit 4. Your three peer-reviewed sources should clearly align and support your thesis statement. Be mindful that peer-review refers to the selection process used by the publisher. 

 3) Below your thesis include at least one quote and/or paraphrase you wish to use in your essay from each peer-reviewed source. Format your quotes and paraphrases using APA style and accompany them with appropriate in-text citation.

 4) At the bottom, include a Reference section formatted using APA style with complete information for each source.

A good place to find peer-reviewed sources is at the UoPeople Library. Review the brief tutorial, How to find a peer-reviewed article in UoPeople Library  for assistance.

Remember, BibMe at www.bibme.org can help you format the full reference listing part (but not the in-text citation) of this assignment. If you do use the website, please remember to select “APA” for the style.


BibMe. (n.d.). BibMe - The online writing centerwww.bibme.org



Thesis statement:

Education has a big role in people's lives. The first role of education is to produce intelligent and creative human resources because education is the key to fighting poverty. Education is the main basis for socializing, and education plays a role in cultural transformation. And finally, education reflects the bright future of a country

Source 1:

Economists have traditionally considered education as an investment capital that has both direct effects on the educated person and benefits as a whole” (Vila, 2000, p.21).


Vila, L. E. (2000). The Non-Monetary Benefits of Education. European Journal of Education, 35(1), 21–32. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1503615

Source 2:

“It is natural and appropriate that schools of social work in any particular society should teach the conditions of social life which are prevalent in that country, the ways in which they might be improved, the skills required to administer them and to make the services for which they provide effectively, etc” (Aptaker, 1966, p. 10).


APTEKAR, H. (1966). Education for Social Responsibility. Journal of Education for Social Work, 2(2), 5–11. http://www.jstor.org/stable/41350390

Source 3:

“The advantages of education are so manifold that it is hard to identify disadvantages” (Lut, et al, 2017, p. 137)


LUTZ, W., KLINGHOLZ, R., NEWTON, M., & KOHLENBERGER, J. (2017). NOTHING BUT BENEFITS. In Education First!: From Martin Luther to Sustainable Development (1st ed., pp. 137–160). African Sun Media. http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctv1nzg0w3.9