RWS 305W San Diego State University Environmental Engineering Project Journal Entry

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Please select your final Project 4choice from the following options. Create a "journal" entry and typeyour response into the message box. No file attachments.

Carefully review the Project 4 prompt and determine which option best meets your interest and needs at this time. Identify which option you are choosing, and clearly explain your intention for the assignment:

1. Cover letter/resume: Identify the specific job or type of job you will apply for

2. Grad school option: Identify the two graduate programs you are considering applying for (it's OK to change your mind later)

3. Advocacy/complaint letters: Identify the one specific issue you want to write about and the two recipients that might make the most sense (e.g., government agencies or legislators, companies, organizations, school officials, etc.)

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RWS 305W Project 4: Argument and Framing Analysis Applied: Career, Grad School, or Public Writing The goal of this project is for you to apply all of the rhetorical analysis skills you refined during Projects 2 and 3, and practice your new skill of framing analysis in order to produce two documents relevant to your future career goals. Motivation. Based on your personal purpose (e.g. finding a job, entering graduate school, or producing a piece of public discourse) select one task from the following three: 1. Cover letter and résumé tailored to a specific job: You will need to search for a job listing and then frame your résumé to that position. The following links provide some good resources for writing cover letters and résumés: Résumés: Cover letters: 2. Grad School Option: Statement of purpose/personal statement for two separate grad school applications. You may use the same basic statement for each school, but tailor it to (or frame it for) each specific program. Review the following guidelines for writing an effective statement of purpose: 3. Two advocacy/complaint letters to legislators or organizations about an important cause or concern; select your issue and decide on which legislator(s) or organization(s) to address your letter to. You may use the same basic letter for each recipient, but tailor it to (or frame it for) each specific recipient. You must select one issue--not a separate issue per recipient. See for basic guidelines. Part I. Your first task is to select which of the three types of documents you will compose. For the résumé and cover letter, identify an actual job to apply for. Part II. Identify your audience characteristics as relevant to your rhetorical situation {age, gender, background, education, occupation, political affiliation, beliefs/values, subject area knowledge, and discourse community}. Part III. List and discuss the rhetorical strategies you will use to engage your targeted audience {document structure, document format, diction, sentence structure, organization, development types, appeals (ethos, logos, pathos), purpose strategy, avoiding or analyzing fallacies}. Note: Parts I-III will constitute the reflection that you will do on the first page of your final project; see Submission Instructions on the last page of this prompt. Part IV. Compose two documents effectively framed to appeal to your target audience and to achieve your purpose. Your final documents should demonstrate good audience analysis, framing skills, and effective use of rhetorical strategies. Prompt: Craft documents corresponding to one of the three tasks you chose (job/career, grad school, advocacy letters). On page one of your final project, write a reflection/plan covering Parts I through III above. The next pages will be your actual documents. Criteria for Evaluation: Successful projects earning a “C” or above will accomplish the following tasks: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Reflect thoughtful rhetorical strategies for your targeted audiences. Reflect depth and breadth of preparation, such as what you did in Project 3. Produce a realistic text that will lead toward accomplishment of your goal. Use appropriate language, structure, and grammar for your writing situation. Effectively frame each document to appeal to your target audience. (see submission instructions on next page) Submission Instructions: Submit all materials in one Word or PDF file. (PDF recommended to preserve formatting in résumés!) Page 1: A description of your project and reflection of your approach to the writing tasks, covering Parts I-III of the prompt. This should be no longer than one page. Single space all materials for this assignment. For this page only, use standard heading information, single-spaced, as follows: Your Name Professor’s Name Course and Section (RWS 305W, Sec. #) Date (spell out) For cover letter/resume option: Identify company you are applying to and a link to the website/job description. Include a discussion of how you framed your letter and résumé to appeal to the recipient. For Grad School option: Identify and describe the two specific universities and graduate programs you are applying to, including a link to each program's website. Include a discussion of how you framed the personal statement/statement of purpose for each program. For advocacy/complaint letter option: Identify legislators/organizations you are writing to, the single issue you are writing about, and an explanation of why you selected these recipients. Include a discussion of how you framed each letter to appeal to each recipient. Subsequent pages: Include your cover letter followed by resume (one page each), advocacy letters (one page each), or grad school personal statements (one page each). Peer Review: Sunday, May 3, through Wednesday, May 6. Final Project 4 due: Sunday, May 10, 11:59 p.m. Please plan ahead--No work can be accepted for any reason after the submission port closes.
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Chosen option: Resume/Cover letter
For the assignment, the resume stands out to be a perfect choice since it has all the
necessary uses, especially in contemporary society, when applying for jobs. The best approach is
to consider a good strategy in the identification of a good document for accomplishing the

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