Your post should engage with the reading but also the broader topic that is being discussed Uninformed opinions things that you believe but have no support for
Your post should engage with the reading, but also the broader topic that is being discussed. Uninformed opinions (things that you believe but have no support for) do not make for the best conversation, and they will only get you so many marks out of 12. While your own opinion is, of course, encouraged, you still need to make sure that it is not too subjective, and rather, grounded in some kind of evidence. If you want to make a point that has some validity and credibility (perhaps because you disagree with something in it), try and find some academic work or a recent news story that supports your own position. For instance, you could post that you think that stay-at-home mothers are very isolated and miss adult interaction, but your point will be more persuasive if you can say, according to the 2010 study by so and so, stay-at-home mothers are more likely to feel isolated because of….
 What kind of approach should I take when writing the post?
There are several kinds of posts you can make. First, you might very briefly summarize a section of the article and then write a question about that. It might be a question about something you dont understand or
something that you think the author should have provided more information about. It might be a question about how historical practices have or have not changed. It might be a question about the articles assumptions or biases. Second, you might comment on some aspect of the article based on your own knowledge or experience of research. You might follow this by posing a question to your group. Third, you might comment on someone elses post, either agreeing or disagreeing, and ideally referring back to the article or to other readings to support your point. Regardless, you must make some sort of evaluation or critical insight. Simply summarizing a section of the article without offering any kind of analysis will not get you more than a satisfactory grade.