Comparative Essay Paragraph

Topic: College sport and professional sport (the same college and pro sport must be compared)

Using APA formatting is required when adding research into an essay. For discussion this week, please post a body paragraph that you have drafted from your comparative research essay due on Day 7 of this week that illustrates one direct quote correctly formatted according to APA standards.

In addition, calculate your similarity index for just that paragraph. Your similarity index can be calculated by taking your total number of words in the paragraph divided by the number of words quoted in that paragraph. Then you need to change the decimal into a percentage. See my sample calculation below the sample paragraph below. Finally, answer the following questions: Does my similarity index fall below 15-20%? Is my direct quote in quotation marks? Have I introduced my quote using a signal phrase? Have I used APA formatting to cite my direct quote?

Here is an example of a body paragraph that you might post:

More technology in the classroom will not only improve the quality of knowledge being acquired, it will help protect the environment as well by reducing the carbon foot made by paper production and consumption. The Green Press Initiative’s Book Industry Environmental Council, which includes publishers, printers, paper suppliers and non-governmental organizations, noted the carbon footprint made by book and paper production, “Annual emissions are 12.4 metric tons, as an industry, and about 8.5 metric lbs. per printed book” (Smith, 2011, p. 4). Classrooms are notoriously run on paper: Xerox copies, books, workbooks, and lined paper. With the use of computers or iPads, the need for paper products is significantly reduced. Instead of needing seven different text books for their various subjects, high school students can read their e-texts on their iPads or laptops. Massive amounts of trees will be saved, and endless hours of standing in line at the copy machine will be reduced. Using less paper also will result in less landfill waste as well. Yes, the initial cost of an iPad or laptop is significantly more than a textbook, but with the way knowledge is growing and changing, using an e-text is more efficient and guarantees more up-to-date knowledge. A bigger upfront investment might mean a much more financially sound return for the nation as well. Additionally, with more technologically advanced students, U.S. citizens will be more capable of competing in an international job market. Being able to enrich learning, better protect the environment, and increase U. S. worth in the global market seems like too good of an opportunity to ignore due to the fear of technology being too expensive.

Similarity index 17 words/273 words = .06 = 6% similarity index

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