Assignment 1: Laying the Foundations for Making a Case

Skill(s) Being Assessed: Problem Solving (Information Literacy)

Scenario 1: You are trying to convince a community group or municipal committee to provide funding for a particular event or initiative to benefit the area (you may also take the stance of asking for a particular policy to be changed). How will you persuade the committee to change their minds?

Example Topics for Community Proposals

THIS IS THE TOPIC: Fundraising event for a particular program or cause you support.

Criteria for Success: In this assignment, you will:

  • Define a topic for a persuasive proposal, and explain the importance of the topic to you within the context of the scenario and your own life/career. Explain why the topic is important to you.
  • Describe the potential audience for a persuasive proposal and the importance of the topic to the audience within the context of the scenario. Provide at least one specific example of how the audience might be impacted by the topic.
  • Identify five credible sources, including one opposing source, relevant to your chosen topic.
  • Summarize each source, including the who, what, when, where, and why. Summaries are clear and concise (1–2 complete sentences each).
  • Describe how each source would be used to support the persuasive argument, including an analysis of the credibility and relevance of the source.
  • Discuss how the selection of effective, purposeful sources represents a variety of perspectives and an ethical approach to research. Use examples to highlight specific elements from listed sources.
  • Produce writing that is clear and well organized and applies appropriate SWS style. Writing contains accurate grammar, mechanics, and spelling.

What to Submit / Deliverables: A completed Assignment 1 Template (downloaded from the Webtext), and completed as a Microsoft Word document.

What is the value of doing this assignment? In your personal, academic, and professional life, you will encounter countless situations where you will need to convince family members, friends, coworkers, committees, and other audiences to adopt new policies, consider different processes and perspectives, or make changes that will impact others. Being able to convince others will allow you to have a voice in your own life and impact the lives of others. In order to do this, you will need to develop strategies for persuasion. You will be more convincing if you are able to provide credible evidence to support your point. Having valid and credible evidence to support your arguments plays a large role in how persuasive you are, how others receive your information, and the credibility you can build for yourself.

In this assignment, you will also have the opportunity to practice your problem solving skill by locating and analyzing sources for validity and credibility. You will analyze how information is used to persuade audiences to adopt or change perspectives and also examine ethical considerations. You will then build upon the information you have gathered and analyzed to plan and write a persuasive proposal in Assignments 2 and 3. Additionally, the information literacy strategies you are practicing can be applied to any source you encounter in the course of your daily life. By understanding how to identify what a source is really saying, you can search for the subtle ways in which it is trying to persuade you. Also, when you understand how to tease out the true meaning of a source, you can better equip yourself to determine if it will be of use to you as you communicate with and attempt to persuade others.

Further, you will continue to develop your innovation skill by brainstorming and considering different solutions for your proposal. You will have the opportunity to select a topic that has some meaning for you and clearly articulate your goal in putting together a persuasive proposal. Having clarity around the topic and goal of your persuasive communications can help you better identify evidence to support your argument. When you are transparent and ethical about your proposal and provide valid evidence, you will have a better chance of making a real impact in the world.

Your goal for this assignment is to: Build your problem solving skill by locating credible and valid sources of evidence and analyzing how those sources can be used to support a persuasive argument in an ethical manner. This assignment will help you define the topic and initial sources of evidence that you will use in Assignments 2 and 3.

STEP 1: Review the scenarios below, which you were introduced to in Week 1. If you have not already, choose the scenario you will use as the basis of your assignment. Then, review Assignment 1 in the webtext.

If you are wondering which scenario would be best to choose, think about concerns, issues, or projects that you are passionate about in your own life and career. For example, if you keep coming back to how the empty lot on your block would make a great community garden space, you may want to consider choosing Scenario 1. If your workplace is experiencing a delay in receiving supplies, and you want to explore a solution to this problem, you may want to consider choosing Scenario 2.

STEP 2: Make sure you have completed the following prewriting activities in your Webtext:

  • Week 1: Select Your Topic.
  • Week 2: Audience and Topic Importance.
  • Week 3: Research Organizer and Research Questions.

STEP 3: Download and Edit Your Work

  • Download:
  • Complete all of the activities and templates in your webtext. Then, download Assignment 1 from the webtext. (You will need to finish all writing templates before you are able to download the packet.)
  • Edit Your Work:

STEP 4: Review your work for completion of all grading criteria.

STEP 5: After completing the Assignment 1 Template, save your responses as a Word document titled “[Your Name], ENG201_Assignment 1” and attach it to the Blackboard assignment submission area in Week 3. Make sure to also review the scoring rubric before submitting.

This course requires the use of Strayer Writing Standards. For assistance and information, please refer to the Strayer Writing Standards link in the left-hand menu of your course. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:

  • Analyze information and how it is used to persuade an audience to adopt or change a particular perspective.

Assignment 1: Laying the Foundations for Making a Case Skill(s) Being Assessed: Problem Solving (Information Literacy) Scenario 1: You are trying to convince a community group or municipal committee t
1 T he P ow er o f P ers u asio n / P ag e 1 .2 S kil ls Y ou W ill D ev elo p O n t h is p ag e: 0 o f 1 a tte m pte d ( 0 % ) S kills You W ill De ve lo p By f o cu sin g o n p ers u asiv e w rit in g, y o u w ill b e p ra ctic in g t h re e k ey s k il ls : p ro b le m s o lv in g, co m mun ic atio n, a n d in nova tio n. L et’s t a k e a l o ok a t w hat y o u ’l l b e l e a rn in g t o d o f o r e a ch sk il l. P ro b le m S olv in g Pro b le m s o lv in g is t h e a b il it y t o id en tif y a n d f r a m e p ro b le m s, e x p lo re id ea s, a n d c re a te e ffe ctiv e, e v id en ce -b ase d s o lu tio ns. C re a tin g p ers u asiv e c o m mun ic atio n s h are s m an y o f t h e sa m e q u alit ie s a s p ro b le m s o lv in g, s in ce in b oth c a se s, y o u a re t r y in g t o a cco m plis h a g o al b y g ath erin g e v id en ce a n d p ro p osin g t h e b est c o u rs e o f a ctio n. L ea rn in g t o f in d t h e in fo rm atio n y o u n eed a n d d ev elo p a s o lu tio n b ase d o n c re d ib le e v id en ce a re e sse n tia l p arts o f y o u r p ro b le m s o lv in g s k il l. C om mun ic a tio n Com mun ic atio n is t h e a b il it y t o a ctiv ely s e ek a n d d eliv er in fo rm atio n, a rtic ula te id ea s, lis te n , a n d c o n nect t o a v a rie ty o f a u die nce s in d if fe re n t s it uatio ns. I n o rd er t o p ers u ad e, y o u m ust b e a b le t o c o m mun ic ate e ffe ctiv ely w ith y o u r a u die nce a n d c ra ft a m essa g e t h at is c le a r a n d w ell o rg an iz ed . In nova tio n In nova tio n is t h e a b il it y t o t h in k c re a tiv ely a n d g en era te o rig in al id ea s a n d s o lu tio ns ou ts id e o f r o u tin e p ers p ectiv es. T o p ers u ad e a n a u die nce , y o u w ill o ft e n n eed t o b e a b le t o 1 0 . 9 FINISHING WITH FLAIR 1 1 . 10 ASSESSING YOUR APPEAL 1 2 . 11 WIELDING YOUR PERSUASIVE POWER 1 3 . APPENDIX 1 4 . INDEX OF ASSIGNMENT TEMPLATES 1 5 . GLOSSARY th in k o u ts id e t h e b ox in o rd er t o c o n vin ce t h em t o f o llo w y o u r l e a d o r s u pp ort y o u r pro p osa l. U sin g y o u r in nova tio n s k il l a t w ork a n d in l if e m ea n s t h at y o u a re o p en t o n ew w ays o f t h in kin g a n d t r y in g d if fe re n t a p pro ach es. T hese s k il ls c a n b e a p plie d in m an y d if fe re n t s e ttin gs, f r o m y o u r w ork p la ce t o y o u r co m mun it y, a t s c h ool a n d a t h om e. T hey w ill h elp y o u b eco m e m ore e ffic ie nt a n d e ffe ctiv e in w hate v er s it uatio n y o u f in d y o u rs e lf d ea lin g w ith. RESPONSE BOARD clo se Wh ic h o f t h ese s k ills d o y o u t h in k y o u’ll u se t h e m ost, a n d w hy? No response saved yet.
Assignment 1: Laying the Foundations for Making a Case Skill(s) Being Assessed: Problem Solving (Information Literacy) Scenario 1: You are trying to convince a community group or municipal committee t
Assig nm en t 1 C hoose Y ou r S ce n ario O n t h is p ag e y o u ’l l c h oose a s c e n ario t o b eg in y o u r p ro je ct. 1 T he P ow er o f P ers u asio n / P ag e 1 .8 A ssig nm en t: A ssig nm en t 1 : C hoose Y ou r S ce n ario O n t h is p ag e: 4 o f 5 a tte m pte d ( 8 0 % ) | 4 o f 5 c o rre ct ( 8 0 % ) O bje ctiv e : C hoose a s c e n ario t h at w ill h elp d ete rm in e t h e p ro b le m y o u w ill r e se a rc h . N ow t h at y o u h ave a c le a r p ic tu re o f t h e w rit in g p ro ce ss y o u ’l l f o llo w , it ’s t im e t o b eg in y o u r pre w rit in g b y c h oosin g t h e s c e n ario y o u w an t t o f o cu s o n f o r y o u r p ro p osa l. T his w ill h elp y o u s e le ct a p ro b le m b y n arro w in g y o u r s ta rtin g p oin t t o a s p ecif ic s it uatio n, e it her t h e w ork p la ce o r t h e c o m mun it y. G oals fo r A ssi gn m en t 1 B efo re y o u g et s ta rte d , l e t’s r e v ie w y o u r g o als f o r A ss ig nm en t 1 : C hoose a sc en ario t o f o cu s o n ( e it her y o u r c o m mun it y o r y o u r w ork p la ce ). I d en tif y a sp ecif ic p ro b le m y o u ’d l ik e t o a d dre ss a n d w hy t h is p ro b le m is im porta n t t o y o u . D esc rib e y o u r a u die n ce ( b ase d o n t h e s c e n ario y o u s e le cte d ) a n d e x p la in w hy t h e pro b le m s h ou ld b e im porta n t t o t h em . Loca te f iv e c re d ib le so urc e s t h at a re r e le v a n t t o y o u r p ro b le m . A t l e a st o n e o f th ese s o u rc e s m ust p re se n t a n o p posi ng v ie w poin t . Su m mariz e e a ch s o u rc e . E xp la in h ow y o u w ou ld u se e a ch s o u rc e t o s u pport y o u r p ers u asiv e a rg u m en t. E xp la in w hy y o u f e el e a ch s o u rc e is c re d ib le . 10 . 9 FINISHING WITH FLAIR 1 1 . 10 ASSESSING YOUR APPEAL 1 2 . 11 WIELDING YOUR PERSUASIVE POWER 1 3 . APPENDIX 1 4 . INDEX OF ASSIGNMENT TEMPLATES 1 5 . GLOSSARY You ’l l c o m ple te e a ch o f t h ese e le m en ts u sin g in te ra ctiv e t e m pla te s h ere in t h e w eb te x t. T hen , in W eek 3 , y o u ’l l d ow nlo ad y o u r a ssig nm en t a s a M icro so ft W ord d ocu m en t, e d it it , an d s u bm it it t o y o u r in str u cto r t h ro u gh B la ck b oard . M od el A ssi gn m en t 1 N ow t h at y o u ’r e f a m ilia r w ith t h e r e q u ir em en ts f o r A ss ig nm en t 1 , it ’s t im e t o c h eck o u t a m od el. Y ou c a n u se it a s a g u id in g e x am ple a s y o u d ev elo p y o u r w rit in g. R ea d t h ro u gh t h e m od el a n d a n sw er t h e q u estio ns b elo w . 2 MULTIPLE-CHOICE QUESTIONS 2 H ow w ill y o u c o m ple te t h e p arts o f A ssig nm en t 1 ? Correct. For Assignment 1, you should complete the activities and templates in the webtext, then download a Microsoft Word document, and, finally, submit your document to your instructor through Blackboard. Last change saved 16 minutes ago. by writing each element in one large Microsoft Word document and submitting it to Blackboard by filling out the interactive templates in the webtext, downloading a Microsoft Word document, and submitting the document to Blackboard by creating your own documents in Microsoft Word and emailing them to your instructor Google Doc. Model Assignment 1 . Uploaded December 3, 2020, by Soomo Learning. Follow the link to view the document in a separate window. 2 MULTIPLE-CHOICE QUESTIONS Base d o n t h e m od el, h o w m an y s o urc es s h o uld b e in clu d ed in A ssig nm en t 1 ? three sources Choose Y ou r S ce n ario Y ou ’r e g o in g t o b eg in y o u r p re w rit in g p ro ce ss b y c h oosin g a s c e n ario s o y o u c a n t h en s ta rt to b ra in sto rm t h e p ro b le m y o u ’d l ik e t o f o cu s o n . T he s c e n ario y o u s e le ct w ill h elp d ete rm in e w hat t y p e o f p ro b le m y o u w ill e x p lo re in y o u r p ro p osa l, a s w ell a s w hat a u die nce y o u ’l l b e w rit in g f o r. S in ce y o u ’r e w rit in g a p ro p osa l, y o u a lr e a d y k n ow y o u r p u rp ose is t o p ers u ad e. B ut h ow y o u w ill p ers u ad e — w hat a p pea ls a n d r e se a rc h y o u w ill u se — w ill l ik ely d ep en d o n y o u r a u die nce . R ev ie w t h e t w o s c e n ario s b elo w a n d d ecid e w hic h o n e y o u w an t t o f o cu s o n . S ce n ario 1 : C om mun it y 2 | 2 correct Correct. Assignment 1 should include five sources, along with a summary and analysis of each. The interactive templates in the webtext will help you create these entries. Last change saved 1 minute ago. six sources five sources David Prado You a re t r y in g t o c o n vin ce a c o m m un it y g ro u p t o p ro vid e f u n din g f o r a p artic ula r p ro b le m o r n eed t h at y o u b elie ve w ill b en efit t h e a re a . H ow w ou ld y o u p ers u ad e t h e c o m mitte e t o c h an ge t h eir m in ds a n d a g re e t o y o u r p ro p osa l? P ote n tia l P ro b le m s Com mun it y-fo cu se d p ro b le m s w ill c e n te r a ro u n d is su es o r n eed s t h at y o u m ay h ave n otic ed in y o u r o w n c o m mun it y o r h ea rd a b ou t in o th er c o m mun it ie s. T hese w ou ld f o cu s o n p ro b le m s o f d ail y l if e t h at im pact a m ult it ude o f p eo p le in a c o m mun it y, a n eig hborh ood , o r ev en a c it y. E xam ple s o f c o m mun it y p ro b le m s c o u ld in clu de a l a ck o f s to re s t h at s e ll f r e sh f r u it s a n d veg eta b le s, t h e n eed f o r m ore p u blic p ark s, d if fic ult r e la tio ns w ith t h e l o ca l p olic e, f e w o p tio ns f o r a ft e r-s c h ool p ro gra m s, l a ck o f a cce ss t o p u blic W i-Fi, l a ck o f w heelc h air – acce ssib le s id ew alk s, o r p ers is te n t l it te rin g t h ro u gh ou t t h e n eig hborh ood . S ce n ario 2 : W ork p la ce Milles Studio You h ave id en tif ie d a p ro b le m o r n eed in y o u r o ffic e, d ep artm en t, o r c o m pan y. S ev era l so lu tio ns h ave b een p ro p ose d , b u t n on e h ave p ro ved s a tis fa cto ry . Y ou h ave a n aly ze d t h e pro b le m a n d d ev elo p ed w hat y o u t h in k is a g o od s o lu tio n. H ow w ill y o u c o n vin ce t h e c o m mitte e in c h arg e o f s o lv in g t h e p ro b le m t o a cce p t y o u r so lu tio n? P ote n tia l P ro b le m s Work p la ce -fo cu se d p ro b le m s w ill c e n te r a ro u n d is su es o r n eed s t h at y o u m ay h ave en co u n te re d a t y o u r c u rre n t o r p re v io us w ork p la ce , o r t h at y o u c a n im ag in e a ffe ctin g em plo yees a t t h eir j o b s. E xam ple s o f w ork p la ce p ro b le m s c o u ld in clu de t h in gs l ik e in cre a se d e m plo yee a b se n ce s, th e n eed f o r b ette r a cce ssib ilit y f e a tu re s f o r e m plo yees w ith d is ab il it ie s, in effe ctiv e co m mun ic atio n b etw een d ep artm en ts , l a ck o f c o m pan y s o cia l m ed ia p re se n ce , d if fic ult y w ork in g d u e t o a n o p en o ffic e p la n , n ot e n ou gh p ro fe ssio nal d ev elo p m en t o p p ortu n it ie s, o r ev en a l a ck o f h ea lt h y l u n ch o p tio ns n ea r y o u r o ffic e l o ca tio n. M ak e Y ou r S ele ctio n U se t h e d ro p -d ow n m en u b elo w t o c h oose t h e s c e n ario y o u w ill f o cu s o n f o r y o u r assig nm en ts . DECISION POINT The scenario I have chosen is: Make a selection Befo re y o u b eg in u sin g t h e in te ra ctiv e t e m pla te s in t h e w eb te x t t o c o m ple te y o u r assig nm en t, w atc h t h e v id eo b elo w t o g et f a m ilia r w ith t h eir b asic f e a tu re s. I f y o u h ave q u estio ns a b ou t t h e t e m pla te s, c o n ta ct S oom o S u pport t h ro u gh t h e S oom o M esse n ger ic on in t h e l o w er r ig ht c o rn er o f y o u r w eb te x t. YouTube video. https://youtu.be/p8sNLtBW_IY. Uploaded August 10, 2016, by AboutSoomo. To activate captions, first click the play button and then click the CC button in the embedded player. For a text transcript, follow the link below. R ea d T ex t T ra n sc rip t MULTIPLE-CHOICE QUESTION Welcome t o Your W ebtext: Using W riting TemplatWelcome t o Your W ebtext: Using W riting Templat …… If y o u h ave q uestio ns a b out u sin g t h e t e m pla te s, w hat’s t h e B ES T w ay t o g et h elp ? Send an email to your instructor. Now t h at y o u ’v e r e v ie wed t h e g o als f o r A ss ig nm en t 1 a n d c h ose n a s c e n ario , it ’s t im e t o s ta rt y o u r p re w rit in g a ctiv itie s. O n t h e n ex t p ag e, y o u ’l l b eg in y o u r a ssig nm en t b y id en tif yin g a p ro b le m a n d e x p la in ing w hy it ’s im porta n t t o y o u . clo se Visit Soomo’s Help Center. Send a message to Soomo Support.