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Assignment 2.1: The Public Needs to Know – Draft Version 
Due Week 4 and worth 150 points 

Select one (1) of the scenarios on which to focus your informative paper. Research the topic and include credible sources to support claims. Identify your purpose clearly, incorporate audience needs, establish a desired tone, and organize information and / or claims effectively.

  1. Your boss has asked you (a communication specialist) to write an informative paper about opening a free clinic in your neighborhood for those without medical insurance. The content will be turned into an informative handout for the public describing the four (4) major issues: economic situation, special needs (e.g., health) of the population being served, process, and benefits of the program.
  2. The state school board chairperson has asked you (a consultant on health and wellness) to write an informative paper about the recent changes to the breakfast and lunch programs to improve nutrition and health. The content will be turned into an informative handout for parents describing the four (4) major issues: economic situation, special needs (e.g., health) of the population being served, process, and benefits of the program.
  3. The director of a local domestic violence shelter has asked you (a board member and volunteer for the organization) to write an informative paper about the organization’s programs. The content will be turned into an informative handout for the public describing the four (4) major issues: economic situation, special needs (e.g., health) of the population being served, process, and benefits of the program.

Write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:

  1. Provide a clear thesis statement.
  2. Describe the economic issues.
  3. Describe the special needs (e.g., health) of the population being served.
  4. Describe the process (decisions, steps) involved in the program.
  5. Explain the benefits of the program.
  6. Develop a coherently structured paper with an introduction, body, and conclusion.
  7. Provide three (3) relevant and credible sources to support claims.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Identify elements of visual and electronic resources and their uses in writing.
  • Associate the features of audience, purpose, and text with various genres.
  • Recognize the elements and correct use of a thesis statement.
  • Recognize how to organize ideas with transitional words, phrases, and sentences.
  • Incorporate relevant, correctly documented sources to substantiate claims.
  • Apply the writing process to develop various writing genres.
  • Write clearly and concisely about selected topics using proper writing mechanics.
  • Use technology and information resources to research selected issues for this course.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

Points: 150

Assignment 2.1: The Public Needs to Know – Draft Version

Criteria

Unacceptable

Below 60% F

Meets Minimum Expectations

60-69% D

Fair

70-79% C

Proficient

80-89% B

Exemplary

90-100% A

1. Provide a clear thesis statement.

Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely provided a clear thesis statement.

Insufficiently provided a clear thesis statement.

Partially provided a clear thesis statement.

Satisfactorily provided a clear thesis statement.

Thoroughly provided a clear thesis statement.

2. Describe the economic issues.
Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely described the economic issues.

Insufficiently described the economic issues.

Partially described the economic issues.

Satisfactorily described the economic issues.

Thoroughly described the economic issues.

3. Describe the special needs (e.g., health) of the population being served.

Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely described the special needs (e.g., health) of the population being served.

Insufficiently described the special needs (e.g., health) of the population being served.

Partially described the special needs (e.g., health) of the population being served.

Satisfactorily described the special needs (e.g., health) of the population being served.

Thoroughly described the special needs (e.g., health) of the population being served.

4. Describe the process (decisions, steps) involved in the program.

Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely described the process (decisions, steps) involved in the program.

Insufficiently described the process (decisions, steps) involved in the program.

Partially described the process (decisions, steps) involved in the program.

Satisfactorily described the process (decisions, steps) involved in the program.

Thoroughly described the process (decisions, steps) involved in the program.

5. Explain the benefits of the program.

Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely explained the benefits of the program.

Insufficiently explained the benefits of the program.

Partially explained the benefits of the program.

Satisfactorily explained the benefits of the program.

Thoroughly explained the benefits of the program.

6. Develop a coherently structured paper with an introduction, body, and conclusion.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely

developed a coherently structured paper with an introduction, body, and conclusion.

Insufficiently developed a coherently structured paper with an introduction, body, and conclusion.

Partially developed a coherently structured paper with an introduction, body, and conclusion.

Satisfactorily developed a coherently structured paper with an introduction, body, and conclusion.

Thoroughly developed a coherently structured paper with an introduction, body, and conclusion.

7. Provide 3 relevant and credible sources to support claims.

Weight: 10%

No references provided

Does not meet the required number of references; all references poor quality choices.

Does not meet the required number of references; some references poor quality choices.

Meets number of required references; all references high quality choices.

Exceeds number of required references; all references high quality choices.

8. Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements

Weight: 25%

More than 8 errors present

7-8 errors present

5-6 errors present

3-4 errors present

1-2 errors present

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