Do you want to become a parent? If so, why do you want to be a parent (or why did you become a parent if you already are a parent)? If you do not want to become a parent, what are your reasons? Give at least two specific reasons for why you do or do not want to be a parent.

FAS 301 –Fall A 2014
Writing Assignment # 1

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Writing Assignment 1 Instructions
To successfully complete this assignment, you need to have read Chapters 1 and 3 and listened to the Parenting Styles lecture. Take some time to examine your own beliefs and experiences about parenting and answer all of the following questions.

1. Do you want to become a parent? If so, why do you want to be a parent (or why did you become a parent if you already are a parent)? If you do not want to become a parent, what are your reasons? Give at least two specific reasons for why you do or do not want to be a parent.

2. What do you believe your most important job is or would be as a parent? Give at least two specific jobs and explain why they are important.

3. What are values that you would like to pass on or instill in your child(ren)? Briefly explain why these are important to you.

4. How did your parents (or whoever raised you) parent you? Categorize them using the four parenting styles you learned about (see Brooks Ch. 3 pp. 101-102 and Parenting Styles lecture) and make sure to briefly explain the parenting style and cite appropriately using APA in-text citations—e.g., if paraphrasing- (Brooks, 2013). or if using a direct quote- (Brooks, 2013, p. 101). Don’t forget to include a full reference in APA format for our Brooks textbook at the end of the paper.
Then give a specific and clear example of behaviors that your parents exhibited that led you to categorize them into the parenting style(s) that you did (if you cite more than one style, give one specific example for each).

5. a) Do you plan to use (or do you currently use) the same parenting style to raise your own (real)
children as your parents used with you? Why or why not?
b) Do you plan to use the same parenting style to raise your Virtual Child as your parents used with
you? Why or why not?

Writing Assignment #1
Grading Criteria

25 points possible

1. -Answers the question “Do you want to become a parent?” = 1pt
-Gives 2 specific and relevant reasons why or why not 1pt X 2 = 2pts

2. -Gives 2 specific jobs they believe are important for parents to do 1pt X 2 = 2pts
-Explains why each of the 2 jobs are important 2pts X 2 = 4pts

3. -What are values that you would like to pass on or instill in your child(ren)? = 2pts
-Briefly explain why these are important to you. = 2pts

4. -Categorizes parent(s) according to a style(s) discussed in readings = 2pts
-Briefly explains/defines parenting style = 2pts
-Cites source using APA formatted in-text citation & APA formatted reference = 2pts
-Give an accurate and specific example of their parents’ use of the style(s) = 2pts

5. a. Answers the question “Do you plan to use (or do you currently use) the
same parenting style to raise your own (real) children as your parents used?”
Explains “Why or why not?” = 1pt

= 1pt
b. Answers the question “Do you plan to use the same parenting style to
raise your VC as your parents used?” And explains “Why or why not?”

*In order to be eligible to earn the 2 points associated with question 5b., the student must have a Virtual Child who has been “born” and is registered with our Class Id. = 1pt
= 1pt

Deduct points for:
Spelling, Capitalization, Grammar, in-complete or run-on sentences (up to 5pts)
Lack of clarity in writing; unintelligible, difficult to comprehend (up to 5pts)
Word counts significantly over or under the 500-900 range
*By significantly, we mean 100 or more words.
One point will be deducted for every 100 words over or under
the required word count (e.g., 1 pt. deducted for 100 words, 2 pts.
deducted for 200 words….). (up to 5pts)

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