ERIC Number: ED390058
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep-28
Reference Count: N/A
Relevance in Basic Composition: Writing Assignments for Technical Students.
Generally, students in vocational and technical colleges are in writing classes because they must be, not because they want to be. As a rule, students in basic composition classes have been more or less continually exposed to writing classes since middle school where they been asked to keep journals, read articles and short stories, and write essays over topics they consider uninteresting. As a means of addressing their vocational interests, two assignments were developed: the fact-finding assignment and the mini-business plan. For the fact-finding assignment, students are to find out what types of writing they will be expected to do for their degree and for the companies that they will end up working for. Organization is fairly simple but effective; computers are the writing tool. Students write under five basic headings: introduction, writing at school, writing at work, discussion (in which students make suggestion for improving the writing course), and conclusion. For the mini-business plan assignment, students are required to show how they would set up their own business. They are not to become involved in the legalistic or financial side of things, as the instructor has no expertise in these areas; rather they are to write a statement of purpose, a company description, a discussion of location, products and services, a plan to market products and services, and an estimation of the number of employees needed. (TB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Basic Writers; Writing Development
Note: Paper presented at the Interconnect '95 Conference (Okmulgee, OK, September 28, 1995).