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Writing Project 6: SPARK Contribution

DUE DATE: April 26, 2013

A Student Guide to Reading & Writing at SEU

Thought it couldn’t get worse? Your roommate snores like your dad. Your chemistry professor and history professor give pop quizzes on the day you take an extra dose of allergy medication. You finally finish writing your essay for class when the network crashes, and you lose everything on your jump drive. You come down with the flu days before your final, oral presentation. Just when you think you are prepared, the unexpected happens, and all you can think is, “How could it get any worse?” For this newest spin-off of the successful Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series, the authors have pulled out all the stops, appealing to that brand-new SEU student: the student enrolled in a required section of FSTY 1301 & ENGW 1302. The authors—who themselves have survived this 15-week adventure—have not only searched through their own experiences (both inside and outside the classroom) in order to construct sage advice for you at the beginning of your own journey, but they also researched what students and professors on our campus think about a variety of questions related to your upcoming research- and inquiry-based writing experiences. Imperiled readers will learn immediate, hands-on scenarios for surviving the botched research topic, faulty response journal, and dreaded student-teacher conference. Discover how to revise your paper, finish that dense theoretical reading, and explain your “literacy.” Whether you are stuck on an invention activity or struggling to find research on athletes in Jamaica, SPARK: A Student Guide to Reading & Writing at SEU has all the right stuff for those times when everything goes wrong.

For your final project in this class, you are one contributor to SPARK: A Student Guide to Reading & Writing at SEU as described above. This assignment asks you to draw from the writing and research you’ve done for the past few weeks and give that information back to a particular audience in a particular way.

In WP5: Synthesis Essay, you explained why you asked the question supporting your research project and helped us understand what others had to say about your question. Now, your job is to distill what you learned and what you think was most important about your research question and give it back to another student at SEU, using the features of service journalism we will discuss.

Obviously, for the handbook idea to work, there must be unique scenarios with unique tips
and strategies, and the topics must be tied to the questions you asked about inquiry, research, and writing at SEU. Your chapter must be grounded in your experience: your (primary and secondary) research. You should be writing as an expert, someone who takes the use and application of sources very seriously.

Your final contribution will be evaluated against a number of criteria:

  1. Does the contribution show a clear purpose for the intended audience?
  2. Does the writer use a variety of rhetorical appeals to persuade the audience?
  3. Does the writer use primary and secondary research to support the purpose?
  4. Does the piece include polished prose?