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Initial Assignment Memo Draft
Your writing Assignment in this unit is a memo addressed to
your professor requesting permission to move forward with your researched
proposal topic idea. Use this Discussion forum to practice presenting your idea
by writing a paragraph of 200–300 words persuading your decision-maker (your
professor) that your idea is a good one, and justify your request with
research. Cite at least two sources (remember your APA in-text citation and
accompanying references from Unit 2 Discussion) you will be incorporating into
your researched proposal to show your audience (your professor) research is available
to support your topic.
Request to Pursue Research
Typically, before a writer would expend energy on a
researched proposal, he or she would ask for permission from a decision-maker
to start their project. You practiced writing a short persuasive memo in Units
1, 2, and Unit 3 Discussion. Now use what you learned in terms of persuasive
writing in this Assignment. You will write a memo to your professor requesting
permission to move forward with your topic for the researched proposal, and
provide evidence to support the viability of your topic.
Contains no fewer than 500 and no more than 750
Follows correct memo format, including headings
Describes the problem or project you want to
work on and explains its significance; describes the benefits of the research
to the organization
Integrates at least two viable sources into the
request to demonstrate research is available to support the topic. APA formatted in-text and References page
citations are required.
Contains no grammatical* or mechanical errors
Please Keep Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3 in three different
word documents and use different sources for parts 1 and 2. Also include in
Video Reflection Discussion
Evan Thomas, former editor at large for Newsweek, shares strategies for student
writers to improve their writing. You will reflect on the advice Thomas
provides in this Discussion.
Access the Transcript here:
Since we’re in the online world uh, obviously you’re
to write a lot of emails. There’s a tendency, a temptation
get sloppy about it uh, to, to just kind of whip it off. You
should use the same standards when you’re writing an email,
particularly to a boss or a client or a customer, you should
the same standards you would use writing a letter. In other
words, obey all the rules that we’ve been talking about.
clearly and simply, but write properly. Use proper English.
Don’t abbreviate a lot. Uh, make sure you capitalize
Treat it just as if you were writing a letter, a formal
say a job application and don’t get sloppy and lazy. Because
uh, it can come back to haunt you if you don’t think through
problem or you’re uh, have too much attitude or maybe you
something that’s insulting or offensive boy that can come
and bite you. And there’s a temptation to do it because when
you write your emails to your friends you’re writing in a
way. When you’re in business write like a business person,
A couple of other points about word choice and the words
you actually use. Use active verbs. Don’t use passive verbs.
He ran the race. Not, the race was run by him. It’s
It’s more muscular. It’s more direct. Has more action, more
energy if you use active verbs. So whenever you can nick out
those passive verbs and use the active, use active muscular
verbs. Uh, readers will appreciate it uh, it will give a
to your uh, uh, to your memo or to your piece that would be
if it’s all feels sort of passive and, and slow moving.
Uh, by the same token be very careful of jargon and
uh, what I would call uh, uh, three syllable words that
really mean anything, that a one syllable word, a simpler
word wouldn’t — where a simple word wouldn’t suffice.
a writer I mentioned earlier, William Zinzer who is an
uh, in this area and I’m just going to read you a paragraph
he’s written about uh, the tendency to use jargon and to use
complex words where simple words will suffice.
This is uh, I’m quoting here from On Writing Well by William
Zinzer. I could go on quoting examples from various fields,
Every profession has its growing arsenal of jargon to throw
dust in the eyes of the populace, but the list would be
point of raising it now is to serve notice that clutter is
Beware then of the long word that’s no better than the short
assistance, help, numerous, many, facilitate, ease,
individual, man or
woman, remainder, rest, initial, first, implement, due,
enough, attempt, try, referred to as, called, and hundreds
Beware of all the slippery new fad words; paradigm and parameter,
prioritize and potentialize. They are all weeds that will
what you write. Don’t dialog with someone you can talk to.
interface with anybody
What two points in the Thomas transcript for this unit
strike you as most significant in guiding e-mail communication? Why?
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