Homework assignments are listed in red. They are due at the beginning of class on the date they are listed. Other assignments will be completed during class. While each class may not have a specific in-class activity listed, some work will be assigned and due during each class. You should check the schedule at least once a week, preferably before each class meeting, as new in-class assignments may be posted in response to the progress of other assignments.
Talk to someone who recently graduated and find out what they recommend in regard to how to get a job in today's world. Write a report on what you find out.
Post a message to the Blackboard discussion area (You can find Blackboard at https://iol.tamucc.edu/) stating that you have read and understand the syllabus, and post any questions you have about the syllabus and the course.
Presentation from Career Services to help you decide which project you will choose for the Writing to Get a Job Portfolio.
Read pages vi-15 in Every Audience Has a Different Purpose (EA). For your respond activity, write a brief summary of what you believe are the main points of the two readings. Then find another source (website, article, etc.) that discusses similar points and write a brief summary of what you believe are the main points of that reading. Here are examples of a couple of online articles that I found:
Read "Communication Failures Contributing to the Challenger Accident: An Example for Technical Communicators" by Dorothy A. Winsor. Respond by writing a summary of the main points of the article. If you weren't in class to get a copy of the reading, you can pick up a copy in the box outside my door, FC 267.
Talk briefly with someone you know who has a real job, and get their opinions on how important planning and being able to write a good planning document are to being successful on the job. Write down what you found out to turn in for credit.
Read pp 35-41 in EA and complete the Respond activity.
Last day to turn in required information about the person you will be interviewing for the Writing on the Job portfolio. If you fail to turn in this information, your portfolio will not be accepted for a grade.
Share and discuss the paragraphs you rewrote. Be sure to bring the original to class as well.
No regular class meeting today. Use this time to conduct your interviews. After you have completed your interview, write the first draft of your Career Writing Interview report and have it ready for Writing Workshop that we will do next week.
Read Testing and Evaluating handout and write a summary of the main points. Also, make a list of things you learned about writing that you think you can incorporate into your writing process. If you weren't in class to get a copy of the reading, you can pick up a copy in the box outside my door, FC 267.
Read The 50 Best Careers of 2010 to help you as you begin to think about what information you need to gather for your Writing to Get a Job Portfolio. Do some searching (on the Internet, talking to folks you know) about the career you are interested in and write a report about what you find.
Bring a hard copy of your functional resume to class for the guest speaker to review. Print it out before class, not while class is starting. If you need help printing it out email it to Dr. G at least one hour prior to class.
Last day to turn in required information about the client you will be working with for the Writing to Fill a Need portfolio. If you fail to turn in this information, your portfolio will not be accepted for a grade.
Last day to turn in Writing on the Job Portfolio rewrites. Before turning in the rewrite, you must visit the Writing Center or SMARTHINKING and attach documentation to your rewritten portfolio of the visit.
Post first draft of White Paper, including plan for what sections you will include in your report.
Post the document(s) you are creating for your Writing to Fill a Need Portfolio to share with the class. Also post 3 or more questions that you would like to receive feedback from the class on to help you improve the documents. This will count as 25% of the Writing to Fill a Need Portfolio grade.
Post the document(s) you are creating for your Writing to Fill a Need Portfolio to share with the class. Also post 3 or more questions that you would like to receive feedback from the class on to help you improve the documents.
From this point until December 7 when the final Writing to Fill a Need portfolio is due, you can request feedback from Dr. G on revisions you need to make as well as some indication of what your grade for the project will be based on what you have at that point. I do require that you also give me written info on questions you need help with. This will guide me in helping you.