The Public Needs to Know - Draft Version

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 the  free clinic that will be opening in your local neighborhood for those without medical insurance. Describe the process and benefits of the program for the public.
  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 national breakfast and lunch program to improve nutrition and health. Describe the process and benefits of the programs for parents.
  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 your local organization’s program. Describe the process and benefits of the program for the community members.

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

  1. Provide a clear thesis statement.
  2. Describe the process (decisions, steps) involved in the program.
  3. Explain the benefits of the program.
  4. Develop a coherently structured paper with an introduction, body, and conclusion.
  5. Provide three (3) relevant and credible sources to support claims. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

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:

  • 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.

Click here to view the grading rubric.

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