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Teaching the Proposal in the Professional Writing Course

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Too often professional writing is taught as a survey of common document forms. Students are led through a series of assignments that, as with many courses, seem disconnected from their day-to-day lives. This article outlines a professional writing course based upon a proposal format that ties the classroom to the student's world. Traditional document forms such as memos, letters, and reports come together in a comprehensive proposal format as students produce working documents that, in many cases, lead to concrete, measurable accomplishments in their communities, places of work, and personal lives. For many students, this is their first genuine experience with the power of writing.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2002

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