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Glau fall 2004 WAC 101 assignment handout l WAC 101 fall 2004 Semester plan and Writing Project assignments This semester I m going to ask you to complete three formal writing projects and a detailed letter and analysis at the end of the semester this last assignment is in lieu of a nal exam Before we get started with the formal Writing Projects we ll spend several class days discussing how we might go about complicating or problematizing a question or issue or problem Then we ll discuss some of the basics of rhetoric how humans use symbols like language and how we can use words and other symbols to get our message and ideas across to a particular audience in a particular situation at a speci c point in time The rst Writing Project WP1 asks you to construct an informative paper based on a scenario a ctional situation that I ll ask you to get involved with A paper like this one is generally neutral in toneithat is you don t take a stand or try to persuade but just to outline and explain information The scenario we ll work with focuses on online education and your task for this rst writing project will be to learn about online classesdegrees and then to report on what other colleges and universities are doing with online educationiboth the good things and the problems they might haveito a speci c audience I m asking you to start the semester with an informative paper as I believe that before you can write to persuade to evaluate to make a proposal etc you must m have an overall sense of the issues involved in any situation and an informative paper kind of forces you to examine a wide range of issues and problems This doesn t mean that this assignment won t ask for your opinioniyou ll decide on the positive and negative aspects of online education but rather than the bulk of this paper asks that you analyze and synthesize information The second Writing Project WP2 asks you to construct a persuasive analysis That is what s happening at high schools in terms of violence is there a problem If so what is it and how serious of a problem is there What are some of the causes Unlike an informative essay in which the writer maintains a neutral nonpartisan stance here you want to take a stand state a position and argue for a speci c point Is there a problem What is it What are its causes The third Writing Project WP3 asks you to propose your own solution to the problems at Westwood High School Here you ll build on the work you did for Writing Project 2 as you propose your own solution to the Westwood problem Finally I ll ask you to construct a detailed re ective letter where you ll again discuss everything we did over the course of the semester and to look forward to next semester s work and writing All Writing Projects ask you to focus on texts in terms of comparing analyzing and synthesizing their informationitools you ll need in ENG 101 and ENG 102 as well as in your other college classes In school and in your future life and career any communication whether oral or written M deal with the rhetorical aspects of what you re trying to get across to a particular audience at a speci c moment in time and this class will help prepare you for that work these Writing Projects ask you to really think about and consider what it means to quotmeetquot the criteria of an assignment from a rhetorical perspective Glau fall 2004 WAC 101 assignment handout 2 WAC 101 fall 2004 Writing Project 1 Constructing an informational text The writing project For this assignment you ll work with a scenarioia ctional but reallife situation here you ll focus on what happens when your college decides to offer online classes perhaps even an online degree We will of course fully cover this scenario in our textbook Assume that the college s Chancellor has asked you to construct an informative essayione that details what other colleges and universities from around the country are doing in terms of online education in terms of what seems useful positive or problematic negative about the experiences of other schools and students An informative essay transmits facts and information so that the reader of the text can make up his or her own mind Conceptualize this assignment as something of a summary of what you ve read there are many good sources in our textbook If you have seen the play or movie Fiddler on the Roof you may recall a conversation the lead character Tevye has with the audience He often characterizes possibilities in his own unique manner noting that One the one hand and then goes on to say On the other hand and again On the other hand and On the other hand as if there were many hands Well often there many ways of looking at an issue or a concept various perspectives with which to view an idea and it will help you to work your way through them much as if you had access to Tevye s other hands Here is an example Let s say you have been asked to research possible new locations because your company wants to relocate a branch of ce While eventually you will make a formal presentation based on research that you conduct costs customer base access to necessary business services and so on in effect you would be saying something like this On the one hand if we locate on Maple Street we will have these advantages and these disadvantages On the other hand the Elm Street location has these advantages and these other disadvantages On the other hand the Poplar Street location has still other advantages and disadvantages Like the character Tevye you are exploring possibilities You may have done a Tevye yourself when you decided where to go to college thinking and perhaps writing that on one hand attending your local community college has advantages such as and if you attend the state university on the other hand there are these advantages and disadvantages While on the other hand if you were to go outofstate for college you d have these advantages this is a What if way of considering things You get the idea you often have to explore an idea or conceptior a decision you need to makeiin detail from various perspectives before you can see and really understand the what is best answer or solution Looking ahead to your college education consider what you might want to major iniwhat you will focus on You may already have a good idea of what you would like to study but take a moment and explorei just think aboutithe various options that might be open to you in addition to deciding on the position you would like attorney engineer teacher etc when your college work is completed consider what that actually means For example say you want to be an electrical engineer EE What does an electrical engineer do What lls up his or her days In what kinds of projects is an EE involved With Whom does an EE work With what tools eg computer does an EE have to be familiar with For what kind of company might an EE work These are the kinds of questions that you would probably want to explore before you choose that speci c college career path Glau fall 2004 WAC 101 assignment handout Glau fall 2004 WAC 101 assignment handout 4 Rhetorical Considerations Rationale for the project Remember that an informative paper has no bias no axe to grind to point to argue for but rather simply presents information That is you ll want to focus on what other colleges are offering in terms of online educationiexplain and outline what they re doingiwhat s working and what s not working what s effective and what doesn t seem as effective what the bene ts and problems are who students are affected how teachers are affected etc Audience the Chancellor of Hearthwood College might know a little about online education but you re on the way to becoming an expert so help the Chancellor see why you nd it interesting what s unusual about it what seems effective and what s problematic what she ought to know about the subject and why she needs to know it Remember that you re not trying to convince the Chancellor that online education is good or bad but rather what seem to be its good points and what seem to be its negative points She then can make her own decision based on the information you and your classmates who are also writing to her supply Put your comments in the form of a letter to Chancellor Beatrice Dunwald Hearthwood College Administration Building Campus Mail 33 2 Hearthwood PA 28721 You the writer what do you bring to the table Here you want to take the role of a neutral observer as you re basically making only positive and negative characterizations what the good and bad aspects are of online classes without drawing an overall conclusion Length the length of your paper depends on your own interpretation of your rhetorical situation what information do you need to provide to the Chancellor so she understands what other colleges and universities are doing with their own online education Sources you need at least four 4 sources for this project to quote from to help expand your base of information about the topic you re focusing on these all can come from our text Due dates 0 Group statement due Thursday 99 0 Group presentations at the campus open forum due Tuesday 914 Note that your participation in the group statements and open meeting is part of your in class writingparticipation grade 0 Writing Project 1 version 1 due Thursday 916 6 copies 0 Writing Project 1 nal version due Tuesday 928 1500 Glau fall 2004 WAC 101 assignment handout 5 WAC 101 fall 2004 Writing Project 2 Constructing a persuasive analysis The writing project For this assignment assume that you re writing an essay that will appear in The American High School Journal This academic journal is read regularly by those who serve on school boards or as in this scenario on a school governing council If you could address an audience of the people from around the country who control schools what would you try to persuade them about in terms of school safety How are student rights affected by security problems Are there safety problems in our high schools and if so what are they What information and data and quotations can you supply to show those safety problems or to show the lack of a safety problem How would you convince them that your ideas are the right ones In what ways would you support your ideas Unlike an informative essay in which the writer maintains a neutral nonpartisan stance here you want to take a stand state a position and argue for a speci c point Select one of these lines as your opening sentence There are serious problems with increasing violence at schools There aren t major problems with violence at schools this position asks you to write against the grain of this situation If you don t see there is a problem with school safety then you ll want to make that casei that all this uproar about student safety is making a mountain out of a mole hill and that students really are safeiand you ll need evidence to support such a position These are the causes of school violence and these are some ways to reduce it These are the reasons that more and more students feel unsafe at school and here are some ways we can alleviate their concerns These are some of the causes of violent behavior in our society and here is how we might keep that violence out of our schools These are the only rights that students have and this is how we can respect those rights while keeping weapons off campus Address your thoughts to the editor of the journal Professor Craig Jacobsen Editor The American High School Journal 10 Broadway Road North New York NY 10018 0023 Rationale for the project Consider whether you think there is a problem with violence in high schoolsi and whether that problem is growing or changing in any ways Try to analyze and explain why there is or is not a problem and what the future holds Focus on one of the statements above Audience If you could address an audience of the people from around the country who control schools what would you try to persuade them to do about school safety and whether or not there is a problem with violence in our schools How would you convince them that your ideas are the right ones In what ways would you support your ideas You can take any position hereias a student a faculty member etcibut Glau fall 2004 WAC 101 assignment handout 6 you must take a position as one of the involved parties in the scenario An effective way to start such an essay is Wiiting as a student or Writing as a faculty member of You the writer what do you bring to this assignment You re clearly familiar with high schools and safety problems and issues and with students Iights Length the length of your paper depends on your own interpretation of your rhetorical situation what information do you need to provide readers of T he American High School Journal that your views are correct Sources you need at least four sources for this project one 1 must be an outside source outside means it cannot come from our textbook to quote from to help eXpand your base of information about the topic you re focusing on Due dates 0 Group statement due Tuesday 10 12 0 Group presentations at the open meeting due Thursday 1014 Note that your participation in the group statements and open meeting is part of your inclass writingparticipation grade WP3 version 2 due Tuesday 1019 6 copies WP3 nal version due Thursday 1028 2000 WAC 101 fall 2004 Writing Project 3 Constructing a Proposal Writing Project 3 WP3 will be a proposal which is an essay in which you offer a speci c plan that helps to resolve a de ciency or a problem or to provide an outline to show how some task might be accomplished Proposals are often made in response to a problem The company you work for needs more computer systems so someone proposes the purchase of a certain brand and type of computers There are numerous accidents on a stretch of highway you propose measures to make the road safer Many colleges offer courses over the Internet several faculty members argue that your campus should tooiand in fact they suggest a student should be able to earn a bachelor s degree without physically attending college You might write a proposal in which you outline how such a program might be developed An effective proposal essay provides enough detail so that readers can understand why a proposal is made then the proposal demonstrates how best to resolve an issue In the conteXt of the speci c scena1io we ll be working with you will propose a solution to the problem of weapons on a high school campus7Westwood High For this 39 assume that there is a safety problem at Westwood High Glau fall 2004 WAC 101 assignment handout 7 A proposal essay intends just what its title suggests to propose something usually a solution to a problem of some kind In this scenario your proposal would acknowledge the problems you see with school safety at Westwood High and propose your solution as the best way to remedy those problems You also will want to demonstrate in what ways your solutions will solve the problems you see at the school That is if you recommend the installation of metal detectors can you provide evidence that metal detectors at similar schools have cut down on the number of weapons on campus If part of your solution is to use armed guards to patrol the school s hallways can you point to the success of guards in other schools in terms of reducing weapons How does what you propose compare with what other high schools have done In what ways is the situation you re involved with different from that at other schools Once you ve explained what the problem is your proposal essay provides an outline for a solution what would you do with the information you ve learned in the scenario How can you demonstrate the effectiveness of your solution Remember that Principal Jenson proposed All cars coming onto campus are subject to search All students and staff will wear a photo ID badge at all times School administrators will search all bookbags every morning Metal detectors will be installed at all school entrances You can use some or all of his ideas for your own proposalibut you need to show that they re good ideas that will be effective Rationale for the project what information does the Council need to adopt your proposal Put another way what data or facts or statistical evidence can you provide to convince them that your ideas are right and should be implemented Audience the Council might know a little about your topic but you re on the way to becoming an expert so you ll want to eXplain with facts or statistics or testimony or evidence why your position is the correct one and why the Council should accept your ideas You can take any position hereias a student a faculty member etc and your goal is to convince the Council to accept and implement your positioniwhat Westwood High should do Write directly to the Council Winterhaven Valley Governing Council 16565 South Timberline Road Winterhaven WA 98322 2201 You the writer what do you bring to this assignment You re clearly familiar with high schools and safety problems and issues and with students rights Take any role you wish to here but select one that will help you make your case Length the length of your paper depends on your own interpretation of your rhetorical situation what information do you need to provide to us to convince the Council that your approachideasposition is the correct one Sources you need at least four 4 sources for this project to quote from to help eXpand your base of information about the topic you re focusing on two these can come from our teXt and two must come from your outside research they can include the interview you ll conduct Glau fall 2004 WAC 101 assignment handout 8 Due dates Brief oral reports on your interview are due Thursday 114 Writing Project 3 version 1 due Tuesday 119 6 copies Writing Project 3 version 2 due Tuesday 1130 Writing Project 3 nal version due Tuesday 127 2500 WAC 101 fall 2004 Final re ective letter critigue Re ective letter and critique overview The nal Re ective letter critique for this semester has two components First Part A construct a cover letter that discusses your change and we hope your growth as a writer over the course of the semester The quotrhetorical considerationsquot section and others below provide more detail but the idea here is to both eXplore and demonstrate in what speci c ways you have further developed your reading writing and thinking skills as you quotwrote your wayquot through this class Second Part B please comment on the strengths and weaknesses of using scenarios and how we can improve what we do with them neXt semester Rhetorical Considerations One purpose for this letter and critique is to demonstrate that you have acquired rhetorical knowledge Second you should also demonstrate that you have further developed your reading writing and thinking skills Third you should demonstrate that you know how to use composing processes Finally as the outcomes statement suggests see the syllabus you should demonstrate that you have gained further control over conventions of written language especially by showing in your compositions what you are doing and why you re doing it that is what s your rhetorical purpose So what can you give me copies of Research Logs drafts comments commentedon papers invention activities etc and comment on to show what you ve learned Due dates Initial draft for peer revising workshop due Thursday 122 Final edited version due Tuesday 127 1000