- (P#3) Paper #3 comprises a comparison / contrast informativen
newsletter article. This should be something like a piece written
for a newsletter in your anticipated field. The content of this piece
must be related to your major. It can be a feature article
for the Statesman, but you may not write a letter-to-the-editor
type piece, or something like a description of an athletic event. It
must be a feature article relating to your major.
- Review what audience knows / does not know, and techniques
to reach them.
- From your descriptions and observations you will write a nontechnical
informational article for a regional or national newsletter. It must
be your own original work, not just a paraphrase of materials of a national
cause-oriented organization or interest group (such as the National
Rifle Association). Repeat, this may not be a letter-to-the-editor
type piece, or something like a description of an athletic event, or
a re-statement of a national orgazation's platform.
- This comparison-contrast writing should incorporate basic methods
of gathering, sorting, interpreting, and presenting data in the
social sciences. The topic can be the interview you did for Paper
#2, but it may also be on another topic of your choice that meets
the criteria for the assignment (i.e., this must be something other
than a letter-to-the-editor type piece or a description of an athletic
event, or a re-statement of a national orgazation's platform,
and it must incorporate basic methods of gathering, sorting, interpreting,
and presenting data in the social sciences).
- Length: 2 - 3 well-written double-spaced pages; minimum length
= 2 pages.
- Due at the end of the ninth week (12% of your grade).
Your Newsletter piece should . . .
- be short (2 - 3 pages)
focus on one idea
- be written for a specialized audience
- with "jargon" appropriate to the special
interests of the group
- use short paragraphs
- paragraphs = 1 or 2 sentences
- no more than one 3-sentence paragraph
- a beginning
- and the first two sentences must capture the interest
of the audience (as a "hook")
- a middle
- and an end
- and the conclusion should sound like it is an end
- usually do not have bibliographies or "References"
- if this is the case with the newsletter for which you
are writing, you must work your citations into the text
- and this must include all materials you
used from other sources, not just items you may have
- Information about Handing in This Paper
- Prepare papers to hand
in, as before. In addition:
- In one sentence at the top of page one, write what you think
are the best features of your article.
- In another sentence write what you think is the main problem
with this article.
- Explain in writing why paper three is well written for
the audience. Select a passage that illustrates how well
written it is and discuss it. Length: 100-250 words (one page).