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1 ALP Institute Project A “Real World” Writing Assignment Project Participants: Mel Berry / David Murphy / Andrew Keating

2 Assignment Foundation As the project team discussed assignment possibilities, we agreed on the general principles of what we wanted to achieve: We wanted… To tie together classroom writing to real-world experiences and objectives. To tie together classroom writing to real-world experiences and objectives. To demonstrate the utility of writing – that good writing can make a difference in achieving ones stated goals. To demonstrate the utility of writing – that good writing can make a difference in achieving ones stated goals. To give students practice in writing to a particular audience and with a distinct purpose in mind. To give students practice in writing to a particular audience and with a distinct purpose in mind. To give students a template or actual document that they could use or revise at a later date. To give students a template or actual document that they could use or revise at a later date.

3 Project Focus: Three Factors As a project team, we wanted to be able to present something ALP instructors could easily use or modify in the ALP classroom and ALP students would find practical and helpful in their academic and career pursuits. Thus, the project team narrowed its focus to three factors: Creating a Practical “Real-World” Assignment Creating a Practical “Real-World” Assignment Enhancing Student Knowledge, Skills, & Confidence Enhancing Student Knowledge, Skills, & Confidence Producing a Specific Artifact / Document Producing a Specific Artifact / Document Assignment Rationale

4 Three Objectives of the Assignment PERSONAL ASSESSMENT: The assignment will involve students in analyzing their own skill- levels, interest, and readiness to enter a four-year college or employment field. INSTITUTIONAL & ORGANIZATIONAL RESEARCH: The assignment will require that students do internet and library research on potential schools, academic programs, and job fields in order to gain a better understanding of each organization’s entrance requirements. The assignment will also require that students interview one person—by phone, , or in-person—who is related to the college or working in career-related field.

5 WRITING PROCESS AND DOCUMENT PRODUCTION: Students will create an outline of the intersection their interests, aptitudes, and qualifications to enter a college or career field with the research they have conducted on the institution or organization. Students will create an outline of the intersection their interests, aptitudes, and qualifications to enter a college or career field with the research they have conducted on the institution or organization. The student will then create a first draft that responds to a particular organizational writing prompt or create a generic response. The student will then create a first draft that responds to a particular organizational writing prompt or create a generic response. Students will submit their essay to group peer-review that will analyze audience, purpose, structure, and organization. Students will submit their essay to group peer-review that will analyze audience, purpose, structure, and organization. Students will submit a final draft for instructor assessment. Students will submit a final draft for instructor assessment. Three Objectives of the Assignment

6 Assignment Explained See the handout of the “Real-World Writing Assignment” for a detailed explanation of the assignment. Assignment Summary: Assignment Objectives: Assignment Steps: Assignment Time Frame:

7 A DMISSION A PPLICATION E SSAY R EQUIREMENTS T OWSON U NIVERSITY, F RESHMAN Minimum 250-word essay on the topic of your choice T OWSON U NIVERSITY, T RANSFER Essay optional U NIVERSITY OF M ARYLAND, B ALTIMORE C OUNTY, F RESHMAN & T RANSFER Complete Common Application with essay

8 C OMMON A PPLICATION ( COMMONAPP. ORG ) Essay of words on one of the following topics: Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you. Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you. A DMISSION A PPLICATION E SSAY R EQUIREMENTS

9 Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence. Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence. A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community, or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you. Topic of your choice. A DMISSION A PPLICATION E SSAY R EQUIREMENTS

10 A DVICE FROM A UMBC C OUNSELOR Pay attention to content, grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Carefully proofread your essay Describe who you are. You are more than your academic scores. Demonstrate critical thinking. Show how you are able to analyze your life and the value of your educational experiences. Do not present a laundry list of accomplishments; rather, describe what you have learned from your experiences and how those experiences will serve you at university. Do not exceed the maximum length.

11 Writing Personal Essays for Business

12 Skimmers & Skeptics Skimmers: Readers who are busy, may not have much time to review the pile of applications. Skimmers will look for simplified information, so use bullet lists and identify major accomplishments and/or selling points up front. Focus on a few solid, memorable takeaways.

13 Writing Personal Essays for Business Skimmers & Skeptics Skeptics: Readers who are cautious or careful, only interested in sure things. More interested in details of your accomplishments. Will ask “how and why” rather than “what.”

14 Writing Personal Essays for Business Skimmers & Skeptics Engage the skimmers early, and elaborate for the skeptics. State key accomplishments, accreditations and selling points early. Provide as many details on each (all) of the items listed at the outset. Dates, statistics, and specific examples are critical to leaving a strong impression.

15 Sample Questions Standards: Please explain your work experience, including each of your job roles, responsibilities, organizations worked for, dates, salary, and reason for leaving your most recent position. Why do you want this particular job? / Why do you want to work here?

16 Sample Questions Giving examples: Give an example of your ability to work to deadlines and how you cope with work pressures. Give an example of how you have had to research or analyze complex information. What methods did you use and how did you present your findings? Give an example of when you have worked on a team project. What was the outcome and what was your role on the team?

17 Some Tips Answer the questions that are asked Tell a story Be specific Find an angle Concentrate on your opening paragraph Tell what you know Don’t include all subjects Stay recent, avoid controversy, etc. Do research, if needed Write well and correctly Avoid clichés


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