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Project #03

Comparison / Contrast Informative Newsletter Article
Bill Gates and the next generation of computer users

  • (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).

  • SUMMARY

     

    Your Newsletter piece should . . .

    1. be short (2 - 3 pages)

    2. focus on one idea

    3. be written for a specialized audience

      • with "jargon" appropriate to the special interests of the group

    4. use short paragraphs

      • paragraphs = 1 or 2 sentences
      • no more than one 3-sentence paragraph

    1. have:
      • 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

    2. usually do not have bibliographies or "References" separately
      • 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 quoted

     

     

  • 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).



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