Why Do I Have to Learn This?

The Texas Government may choose eliminate the 7th grade Writing STAAR test. It is argued that many teachers will neglect teaching writing because this will not be tested. We need to convince teachers and lawmakers that writing is an essential part of the working world and that more emphasis should be put on writing skills learned in junior high. We also need to propose a way to ensure that writing is taught properly in middle school.

We aren't at AC Jones HS, but still...

Part 1
Research various careers and how writing is an important part of them. You should avoid jobs like Author or Poet. Instead find more common, real-life jobs that someone might not associate with writing. You need to research at least 3 different jobs. Save your research in google docs. Explore what kind of writing is done in the job, what type of qualifications are needed to get that job (Are there specific writing skills needed or writing classes that need to be taken before someone can have that job?) and general information about the job.

  • Google Docs
  • Downing's Website: (most of this is copied from here anyway) lots of links to job search sites.  My favorites are mentioned below.  
  • Useful databases: You'll need a username and password, but we can't post those online.  Ask your teacher or librarian if you forget that information.
  • How to Search the Internet Efficiently: I know you are going to use Google.  Let's be smart about it.  Using these tips will help you to get the good information you need quickly and easily.
  • Rodriguez's Class Links:  Mrs. Rodriguez teaches Career Explorations.  She knows a thing or two that could help you out.
Part 2

Find (online or in the actual real world) an example of a writing sample from 1 of the three jobs that you chose to research. We will learn about writing organization and then write our own example.
Once you have found your writing sample, you need to read it carefully a few times and determine the structure (how is the information arranged?) write down that structure using the boxes and arrows or some other outlining method. Once done, you will plan and write your own similar but noticeably different sample using the same organization method.

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