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Writing Self-Analysis

If you have not already done so, complete your readings under Academic Guides in the studies for this unit.

For this assignment, complete a self-evaluation of your professional writing skills, including the following:

  • Review the content, structure, and organization of the initial post you submitted in your first discussion (from the previous unit), and the responses you received from your fellow learners.
  • Evaluate your post, using the Writing Self-Evaluation Rubric, linked in the Resources.
  • In the rubric, review the different levels of achievement that are possible for each criterion. Place an “X” in the level of achievement you believe your discussion post has attained.
  • The very last column on the right provides space for you to leave notes about the criterion. Indicate the reason for your assessment of each criterion in the last column.
  • Once you have completed the rubric, be sure to save a copy of it to your computer for later comparison.

Submit the rubric along with a copy of the discussion post you assessed as Word document attachments in the assignment area.

Previous Unit Post

Continuity and discontinuity 

Continuity and discontinuity development theme mainly revolves around the concept of the changes that humans undergo during development.  Proponents of continuity view development as a continuous process which takes place gradually and cumulatively. For instance, a child’s development process consists of crawling, standing and eventually walking. This is an example of how development takes place in a continuity manner. That is, a child will gradually learn to walk, but this will take place in some steps.  On the other hand, the discontinuity view of development holds the view that people undergo different stages that are qualitatively different.  An instance, in this case, is the example where a child at the beginning can think in literal terms and later can think abstractly. The move to abstract thinking is seen as different and independent as the child is in another stage of their life (Koren, 2011). 

A similarity between these two approaches is that they both agree that there are different stages of development. However, a difference comes from the concept that continuity approach believes these stages of development are continuous while discontinuity approaches hold the view that these stages of development are unrelated. One development theories that fall under this influential theme is the psychoanalytical theories. These theories greatly influenced the work of Sigmund Freud who emphasized the importance of the unconscious mind and its influence in childhood experiences. Freud contributed to development theory through his proposal that development takes place through a series of psychosexual stages (Koren, 2011). 

The scholarly article that I used in recent. Hence it’s credibility in using recent and up to date information. Additionally, the author of the article is a researcher and lecturer hence the expertise in professionally writing the article. At the same time, the conclusions made by the author are backed by evidence from primary sources hence improving its credibility.


Koren, C. (2011). Continuity and discontinuity: The case of second couplehood in old age. The Gerontologist, 51(5), 687-698.

Writing Self-Evaluation Rubric



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1. Structure writing with all the following elements:

Introduction: Main points in order.

Main body: 

  • Each point made with evidence.
  • Analysis.

Conclusion: Main points summarized.


Does not contain all elements.

Contains all elements. 

Contains all elements and each is clearly identified for the reader.

2. Follow MEAL plan for paragraph structure.

Main idea stated clearly.

Evidence sentence(s) presented.

Evidence sentence(s) cited.

Analysis (or other critical thinking) presented.

Link to the next paragraph offered.

Does not contain all elements of the MEAL plan.

Contains all elements of the MEAL plan.

Follows the MEAL plan and extends critical analysis.

3. Use appropriate documentation style.

Follows APA format and style.

Incorporates internal citations correctly.

Presents references correctly.

Does not follow two or more elements or has two or more errors.

Does not follow one element or has one error.

Follows all elements and has no errors.

4. Use appropriate voice and tone.

Uses appropriate tone for the assignment.

Uses concrete language.

Uses signal phrases to separate self from sources.

Does not follow two or more elements.

Follow all but one element.

Follows all elements.

5. Write in genuine third person.

Does not write in genuine third person.

Writes in genuine third person throughout most of the assignment.

Consistently writes in genuine third person.

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