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How can improving your written communication skills benefit you professionally, personally, or educationally?

College Writing ENG

Week 1

1.1 Instructions. 400 words

1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.

2. Read the article “Employers Seek Communication Skills in New Hires” and consider the following questions:

a. Other than being a requirement for your degree program, how does this class fit into your professional or educational plans for the future?

b. How can improving your written communication skills benefit you professionally, personally, or educationally?

3. Read the article “When God Messes With Your Life Plan” and consider the following questions:

a. Have you ever had a plan that went completely wrong, but things turned out for the best in the long run?

b. Do you believe that there is a plan for your life that is higher than your own plans?

c. How does your faith or your belief system affect the plans you have for your future?

4.  For your initial post, which is due on day five, write the following 3 paragraphs:

a. In your first paragraph, introduce yourself to your classmates and instructor by providing the following:

i. The name you prefer to be called

ii. Your personal background (3-5 sentences)

iii. Your professional background

iv. Your professional or educational goals for the future

b. In the second paragraph, summarize your thoughts from the “Employers Seek Communication Skills in New Hires” article you read by identifying the value and relevance of taking a writing course.

c. In the third paragraph, summarize your thoughts from the “When God Messes With Your Life Plan” article by relating your beliefs and values to your personal, academic, and professional goals.

5. As you continue to get to know your classmates by reading their posts, reply to at least two of your peers’ posts by the end of the workshop. Your responses should include both of the following:

a. Describe an experience that you had that relates in some way to the personal or professional background of one of your classmates.

b. Offer advice to or ask a question about one of the points made by your peers. 

1.2 Instructions 2pgs

1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.

2. Think of a person who has had a significant influence on your life. Look ahead to Assignment 1.4 and choose the person whom you will write about in your personal memoir. It may be helpful to look at a photograph of the person as you write.

3. For each prompt, set a timer and try to write (immediately below each prompt) for a full two minutes, limiting yourself to the specific area each direction dictates. Do not worry about spelling or grammar mistakes as you write. When the time is up, finish the sentence you are on. Without worrying about transitioning, set the timer again, and go on to the next prompt.

4. Describe the color and shape of the person’s eyes and the area around the eyes.

a. What to Avoid:

i. adjectives such as “blue” or “brown” eyes

b. Try to be more specific:

i. make a comparison

ii. include such things as eyeglasses, eyelashes, eyebrows, etc.

5. Describe the color, texture, and length of the person’s hair.

a. What to Avoid:

i. adjectives such as “brown” and “blonde” – much variety exists within these colors.

ii. “long” and “short”

b. Try to be as specific as possible:

i. When describing hair texture, if appropriate, describe how it physically felt to the touch. Otherwise, describe how you think it would feel if you touched it.

6. Describe the texture of the person’s skin.

a. Try to focus on:

i. one area, such as the hands or face

ii. or simply describe the texture of the skin in general

iii. You may describe how the skin actually feels to the touch or how it looks like it would feel if you were to touch it.

7. Describe the person’s body build and height.

a. What to Avoid:

i. relative terms, such as “short,” “tall,” “big,” and “small”  

b. Try to be more specific:

i. specific guesses that are off by two or three inches or 5-10 pounds are still better than a generalization.

8. Describe the person’s most dominant physical feature. In other words, if you were pointing the person out in a crowded room to someone who didn’t know him or her, what would you likely point to as the identifying characteristic?

9. Describe any physical features that would be useful in determining the person’s age if you didn’t know it.  If there is a feature that would be misleading (if it made the person seem younger or older than he or she actually was), you might mention that, as well.

10. Describe the way the person looks when he or she is involved in some activity. Describe the motion as the person walks, runs, dances, skips, etc.

11. Describe the person’s voice, or some sound the person makes. This may include talking, telling, laughing, crying, whining, etc.

12. Describe the clothing the person might wear on a typical day. Be specific. Capture him or her at one moment in time. What is he or she wearing?

13. Describe how the person smells, or any smell that you naturally associate with the subject.

14. Without revisingor editing, post your descriptions to the discussion board.

15. Read your classmates’ postings and reply to at least two of them by answering the following questions:

a. What emotions do you think the writer feels about the person he or she is writing about? Be as specific as possible in your answer.

b. Quote some specific words or phrases from the description that led you to believe the writer had the specific emotions described in the first question.

c. Quote the part of the physical description you found most effective and explain the reasons you found this part effective.

1.4 Instructions

Requirements:

· The minimum length for this assignment is 1000 words

· Use current APA format

· Write the entire essay in first-person (this is the view-point for personal memoirs)

· Write the introduction and body paragraphs in past tense (Present tense may be used in the conclusion only)

1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.

2. Read the excerpt from A Quiet Strength in which Dungy describes his mother (pp. 9-10) and the passage where he describes his father (pp. 11-16). Pay close attention to the strategies Dungy uses to reveal the impact these people had on his life.

3. Read the student sample essay “No Hurdle Too High,” paying attention to the notes that have been recorded in the right margin.

4. Using the personal memoir template as a guide (you may change the suggested wording if you like), write a personal memoir of at least 1000 words in length in which you describe the subject, identify and illustrate the character traits that caused the subject to have a significant impact on your life, and reflect on how you are different as a result of your relationship with the subject.

5. The following elements are required:

a. An introductory paragraph that opens with a quote (either something the subject said often or something he or she said once that had a significant impact on you). Alternately, you could begin with a biblical quote or famous quote from brainyquote.com or a similar website (cite your source!)

b. Thesis statement as the final sentence of your introduction that gives the reader a single impression of the subject and identifies the significance of the subject.

c. Physical description of the subject, either in a block of description as the first body paragraph or sprinkled throughout the essay.

d. A topic sentence at the beginning of each body paragraph that introduces the character trait or lesson that will be illustrated in the paragraph.

e. A conclusion paragraph in which you summarize the character traits that caused the subject to have a significant impact on your reader and paraphrases the thesis statement.

f. Submit the assignment instructions above and your draft to Smarthinking Tutoring for feedback by day four. (This will ensure that you receive feedback in time to incorporate it, since it takes 24 hours to get feedback.) While not required; this is strongly encouraged.

g. Revise and edit your memoir based on the feedback you receive from Smarthinking Tutoring and submit your memoir to the assignment submission folder using the link below by the end of the workshop.

*If you used Smarthinking; please also attach the feedback you received with this submission.

Looking ahead: In 2.2 you will be participating in a peer review of this memoir. For that activity, you will need to upload your memoir into the Discussion for that Workshop. If you would like to go ahead and do that now, here is the link for that Discussion: 2.2 Discussion: Peer Review of Personal Memoir

2.1 Instructions 400 words

1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.

2. Watch the video Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset. (Please note that this video is located on a website outside of IWU and may contain advertisements that are not endorsed by IWU)

3. Read “The Parable of the Bags of Gold” (Matt. 25:13-30, New International Version).

4. Navigate to the Discussion using the link below and answer the following questions by the end of the fifth day:

a. Which character(s) in “The Parable of the Bags of Gold” displayed a growth mindset, and how did it affect their work performance?

b. Explain a situation in your life where having a growth mindset either has had or could have a positive effect on your academics, your job, or your faith.

5. Read your classmates’ posts and reply by the end of the workshop to at least two of them by doing one of the following:

a. Describe an experience that you had that relates in some way to the experience shared by your peers. Be specific in how your experiences are related.

b. Offer specific advice about one of the points made by your peers or ask a specific question that will help them push their thinking about that point.

2.2 Instructions

1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.

2. Make sure you have posted your memoir to this discussion as a new thread by day one.

3. Prior to giving feedback, take a moment to read this article 8 Tips for Giving Great Peer Feedback to get some tips on giving peer feedback.

4. Select one of your peer’s memoirs to read and review.

5. Use the 2.2 Peer Review Template to give feedback on a peer’s personal memoir. *Make sure to answer every question.

6. Add your complete Review Template as a reply to your peer’s initial post. The reply is due by day five of the workshop.

2.4 Instructions

1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.

2. Read at least one of the four descriptive paragraphs on the Website: Model Descriptions: Four Descriptive Paragraphs

3. Think of a place you would like to describe. If you are planning to revise your memoir from Workshop One this week, it would be a good idea to choose a place that was included in your memoir. If it is possible, actually go to the place and complete this assignment there – this will make the description much easier.

4. Write a one-paragraph description of the place, appealing to at least three of the five senses (sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste). Minimum length is 100 words.

5. Revise your draft for specific nouns and verbs.  Example:  There was a tall tree by the water. (First draft)  The ancient oak stood like a sentinel over the lagoon. (Revised)

6. Submit your paragraph to Assignment 2.4 by the end of the workshop.

 

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