Value: 10% of course grade
Due Date: See below
Your self-assessment should have helped you identify the writing skills you most need to improve to become a proficient government writer. Today, you are going to use that information to set out a plan for your work in ENGL 302.
1. Use a three-column table, or choose your own format, to organize the three parts of your learning plan.
2. Identify three to five personal learning objectives for ENGL 302. Make sure your objectives are concrete and achieveable in a single-semester course. Try not to write general or vague objectives such as to be better at the skills needed to write for government. For ideas, look at the verbs in the course learning objectives. They capture many of the skills you are likely to want to improve. But feel free to write your own, more personal, objectives, like becoming more confident as a speaker or managing your time or workload better.
3. Think about how you will achieve those objectives (your learning strategies). Will you work harder, read more, look for examples, spend more time on assignments, learn a new skill? These are just some of the things you can do. Try to think beyond the obvious. Maybe you have a family member or friend who writes for government and can give you advice, or perhaps you can work on target skills through other writing you do, academic or otherwise. Think about what concrete actions you can take to achieve your objectives. If you are stuck, ask me for suggestions.
4. Identify resources that will help you achieve your objectives. For example, if you need to learn how to punctuate, you will want to find print or online guides to learn the rules of punctuation. Not every objective will require you to consult resources; some may just require more time or more care.
5. Name your Learning Plan file this way: yourlastnameLearningPlan.doc and send it to me as an attachment by midnight, September 16. Make sure to save or print a copy for yourself.
6. Keep all the ENGL 302 work you hand in for marks as well as exercises we do in class and any other evidence of your progress in achieving your objectives. This could include notes, concept maps, drafts, commentary, or anything else that you feel represents your progress towards your objectives. You can keep your work in print or electronic form (or a combination).
7. Between November 4 and 7, send me an email giving a brief (150200 word) update on your progress in ENGL 302. Your update should tell me how you feel you are doing overall, which of your objectives you feel you are making progress on, and which, if any, you feel you need to pay more attention to.
Your grade on this part of the course will be based on
- your own evaluation of your progress towards your objectives, as demonstrated in your portfolio and your final self-assessment
- your achievement of the requirements of the plan, as described above (that is, both a completed plan and a midterm update)
During the last week of classes (November 29 to December 3), we will meet to go over your plan and portfolio and decide on your grade.You are free to award yourself any grade for your progress as long as you can support your evaluation with evidence of your achievement. If my evaluation of your progress differs from yours, we will average the two grades.