Save this document, answer the questions, and then share the answered document with me as part of your participation grade this week.
1. Go here for information about how to write a business letter.
-In particular, reread the section on the BODY of the letter. Remember - concise, to the point!
-Go here for an example of how your letter should be formatted on the page. Use this as your guide.
-Go here for my suggestions about how to structure the content of your letter.
-Maintain your formal tone: no abbreviations, no contractions!
-Remember we want to avoid parenthetical citations, so structure your sentences with embedded evidence such that you don't need parenthetical citations.
2. In order to make clear which sources you are referencing in your letter, include (in the concluding paragraph) a line such as:
"If you would like to read more from the sources I have referenced, I have provided citations below. "
After your signature you can list your citations just like you normally would for MLA, but without the "Works Cited" title.
This would also be a good place to include any tables or charts you think strengthen your assertions.
Your goal today is to find good resources that can back up you up. You're looking for something that confirms the problem you see in education is a real problem AND that the solution you're proposing is a good solution.
1. In your group, go to the academic databases and work together to find potential sources. Read abstracts, skim articles, discuss. If you aren't finding good academic journal articles, go looking in other very credible places - research findings published on university websites, government data, etc. When you think you've got something, call me over.
2. Read through your sources to find the BEST evidence to include in your letter. BEST evidence will be BRIEF, recent, convincing.
3. Continue drafting the three sections of your letter. Let me know if you have questions!
1. Create the Google Doc you will use as your drafting space. Share it with firstname.lastname@example.org. Do that now so that I can see your daily progress and can communicate/help during class.
Here is the assignment description I just went over with you.
2. Today your primary goal is to choose a topic (problem in education with potential solution) and figure out to whom you should address your letter. Once you've got that: type it in your document and let me know. I'll take a look and comment.
3. Once you've gotten the go-ahead on your topic and addressee, quickly draft the three required sections of your letter. Even if it's not in complete sentences or just a few sentences long, I want you to get YOUR IDEAS down on paper before you start looking for evidence to support those ideas. Once you've got that done, type it in your document and let me know. I'll take a look and comment.
4. As you research your topic: keep a running list of all the websites you visit (urls) OR even better, start creating your Works Cited information as you go!
5. Keep in mind: you are required to reference/cite at least one academic journal article somewhere in your letter.
To choose a country to focus on for today's assignment, go to the slide show near the bottom of the article below:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/27/best-education-in-the-wor_n_2199795.html
OR, the graphic in this article is another place to find a country to research:
To see other points of comparison between countries (on education topics):
If you're struggling to find good information about YOUR chosen country and/or the ranking systems, here are some places you could go: