Worth 15% of your course grade
- Sep 8: Rough Drafts for Peer Feedback, due by 11:59 PM
- Sep 10: Peer Review Discussion, due by 11:59 PM
- Sep 14: Project 1 due by 11:59 PM
- Sep 21: Grace period ends at 11:59 PM
Imagine that you have taken a new position with a company or organization, and write a biographical statement for the company newsletter or the team section of the company website. You may be able to use some of this assignment later in the term when you work on your Job Application Materials.
Step 1: Decide on a specific audience and purpose for your project. You will do better on this project if you have specific readers in mind, so decide on a company or organization whose employees or clients will read your bio.
You can choose a company you are doing an internship for, a company where you worked in the past, a club or Greek organization you belong to, or your department or college. There are lots of options.
No one, in my experience, aims for a D, so I have not included any details for below-average work. If you really want a D, just put in minimal effort and do sloppy work.
Make sure your work is error-free, fully-developed, and ready to share with the intended audiences. Any work that is incomplete or that contains multiple errors will not earn an A or an A-.
For instance, say the writer aimed for a B and used design elements to make the bio visually appealing, but the finished text was full of typos. It was obvious the writer didn’t proofread at all. The project earns a C rather than a B.
As you compose, focus on details. While your scenario is imaginary, the details in your biography should be current and accurate. Do not make up future information.
Use the examples linked on the course website in the post for the week of September 1 to guide your work. You will post your draft for peer review by 11:59 PM on September 8. Use the advice you receive from your readers to revise your bio before the due date. There are no rewrites or revisions after work is graded.
You will write a short transmittal memo that gives me the Share link to your bio and explains the decisions you made for Project 1. More details on this memo will be included in the post for the week of September 8. Be sure that you follow the instructions, include the relevant information, and proofread your memo. If you skip this memo, you lower your grade on the project.
Step 5: Submit all the documents in Canvas.
When you are finished with the project, you will submit your transmittal memo and your biography statement in Canvas. Details on how to submit your work will be includedin the post for the week of September 8.