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Because most undergraduate students have two main interests--personal relationships and getting jobs--first year composition students respond positively to a series of career-based assignments which are both personal and pragmatic. "What Color is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job Hunters and Career Changers," by Richard Nelson Bolles provides a starting place for these assignments. After completing a workbook assignment in which they describe who they are as workers and the ideal employment for them, students summarize what they have discovered about themselves and the work they like. Later assignments include a resume and cover letter, an essay using statistics, and an essay based on interviews with people about their work. Two benefits derived from these assignments are: (l) students find writing for themselves takes more effort and are willing to invest that effort, and (2) the assignments provide a starting point for discussion of sexual politics and economic justice. Margaret Mansfield remarked in "College Composition and Communication" about another type of real world writing, that reflecting on a personal career "offers [student writers] unique opportunities

.to grapple with notions of audience, authority and 'real' (i.e. serious) writing, to reflect upon their roles as writers, and to discover much about themselves, their topic, and the writing process." (NH)

Descriptors: Career Choice, College Freshmen, Freshman Composition, Higher Education, Motivation Techniques, Personal Narratives, Student Interests, Writing Assignments, Writing Skills











Author: Graham, Jean E.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7928&id=ED360644







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