Essay Revision

The purpose of this assignment is to begin revising one of the two essays that will appear in your Writing Portfolio, due next unit. This assignment should be a substantial revision of Essay #1, 2, 3, or 4.

To complete this assignment, select any of the 4 essays you have written so far in this course. Then, revise that essay, focusing on at at least one of the following higher-order concerns.

  • Focus: Is your main claim, thesis, or central message clear? Does every element of your essay consistently support your thesis? Do your minor claims support your major claims? Have you defined the issue at hand? What can you do to further emphasize your focus?
  • Development: What evidence does your essay provide to support your focus? Have you included examples, explanations, details, and descriptions that help persuade your readers of your position? Have you anticipated and answered your readers’ objections or counterarguments? Have you considered alternate perspectives?
  • Rhetorical Strategies: Have you identified a target audience for your essay? What do you do to appeal to that audience? Does your essay rely primarily on emotional appeals or logical appeals? What do you do in the essay to establish your credibility as a writer?
  • Additional Outside Sources: How could adding outside perspectives strengthen your argument? Have other writers, scholars, or researchers addressed the issue at hand? Are your claims backed by a consistent pattern of reliable evidence? Are basic factual claims backed with evidence or sources? How does your essay engage with counterarguments or alternate perspectives on the issue?
  • Organization: How does the structure of your essay support its message? Could the essay be re-structured or re-ordered to better support your arguments? Are paragraphs and transitions used to guide readers through your ideas?

Before you turn in this assignment, create a bullet list of the changes and revisions you made. Include this list either as a second file or an additional page. Failure to submit this required information will result in a grade deduction for this assignment.

After you turn in this revision, your instructor will provide further guidance for revising this piece for your portfolio. Your instructor will probably also provide pointers for revisions for the second essay you will revise for the portfolio in Unit 7.

Guidelines for Essay #5

Length/Due Date: approximately 1,000-1,400 words, due Sunday by 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).

Style/Format: This, as all essays in EN106, should be formatted according to MLA guidelines. As a reminder, the following document formatting guidelines are required:

  • Use 12 point, Times New Roman font, double-spaced.
  • Use 1-inch margins top, bottom, and sides.
  • Although no cover page is needed, you should include your name, my name, the course number/title, and date at the upper left-hand corner of the manuscript.

Research & Documentation: Your essay must include formal references to all sources. Be sure to provide in-text citations formatted according to MLA guidelines. And, of course, you must also provide appropriate documentation for any other sources you cite.

File format: Please submit your essay as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file. These formats are available in most word processors, including Google Docs and Open Office, and will ensure that your instructor is able to comment on your work.

Works Cited: Your essay should include an appropriate works cited page with an entry for each individual source you reference in the body of the essay.

Titles: Include a descriptive title at the beginning of your essay that tips your readers off to your thesis. Do not format your title with quotation marks, boldface, underlining or italics. Quotation marks or underlining are only appropriate if the title borrows words from another source.

Cover pages: Please do not format your essay to include a cover page.

Deadline: Submit your final draft essay no later than 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday at the end of this unit.

Use of essays for future courses: Please understand that your essay may be used— anonymously—as a sample for future EN106 students and instructors unless you expressly request that it not be used. Your work, of  course, will only be used for educational purposes.

Assessment: See the Grading and Assessment content item under Course Information.

Why Is This Assignment Important?

By completing this assignment, you will further strengthen your revisions skills, and you will gain a head start on your Writing Portfolio, due next unit. The essay you revise for this assignment will be one of the two final-draft essays included in next unit’s portfolio. (The portfolio also must include an in-depth reflective essay and artifacts of your writing process.) So, think of this assignment as a chance to get started early on the revisions necessary for the portfolio.

Remember that effective revision is focused on higher-order concerns, such as focus, development, argument, rhetorical strategies, and organization. Lower-order concernssuch as editing for syntax, diction, punctuation, and other elements of grammar and mechanics, should be saved for later in your writing process — for instance, in the next unit. Writing research reveals that most writers can only focus on one or two elements of revision at a time, and that effective writers focus first on higher-order concerns.

As you determine your priorities for revision, review your instructors’ feedback on your previous assignments. Note any patterns or repeated comments. Also, make sure to use your peer reviewers’ advice and feedback as a guide to revision this unit.

Interview Project Part 3: Interview Plan

An interview plan is a schedule of how your interview will go. Creating a plan is critical for having a successful interview.

Your plan should cover the following areas:

  1. What you plan to wear
  2. Opening
  3. Orientation
  4. Body
  5. Closing

In the what you plan to wear section, describe what you plan to wear to make a positive first impression and why you choose to wear it. How is your dress appropriate for the culture of the company?

The opening section clarifies word-for-word how you will greet and prepare the interviewee for the interview.

  • Express your appreciation for his/her willingness to help you and shake his/her hand.
  • In the orientation section, let the interviewee know what to expect in the interview.
  • Remind them the interview is 30 minutes.
  • Let them know you will save time at the end of the interview for them to fill out an evaluation form about the interview.
  • Preview the topics you’ll be asking him/her about.
  • Get permission to use a tape recorder (if applicable).
  • Ask if he/she has any questions before you begin.

The body section has the topics as headings and interview questions under each heading.

  •  Designate each question as either primary (opening a new topic) or secondary (follow-up on a topic)
  • Designate each question either open, closed, or clearinghouse
  • Possible topics:
    • Likes and dislikes about his/her profession
    • Types of training and education he/she would recommend to prepare for this profession
    • Prospects for future employment in the profession
    • Effects of job on personal life
    • Advice he/she would add

In the closing section:

  • Thank the interviewee for his/her time.
  • Invite them the fill out the Evaluation. Read the instructions with them, assuring them their answers will not affect your grade. Wait while he/she fills it out. Add details to the notes you took of the interview while you are waiting.
  •  Ask for a business card or address so you can send a thank you letter
  • Take a photo of you and the interviewee to document you were there

Your interview should follow this example

Actions , however, you will create your own topics and questions.

Assignment 2: Annual Review

Imagine you work at a company and it is time for an employee named Jim’s annual review. While he was a model employee the first nine (9) months of the year, recently Jim has been coming in late. It has not been just a few minutes each day, either. It is starting to cause problems in the production line. In this assignment, write a summary of how you would approach your conversation with Jim. How will you address his recent performance issues while still praising him for his previous nine (9) months of good work? Your goal is to balance the negative and positive feedback so that Jim will leave motivated to do his best. This assignment should focus on your goals for the conversation, and which employee relations approaches you will use to address the situation .

Write a six to eight (6-8) paragraph paper in which you:

  • Explain how you will address Jim’s recent performance issues.
  • Suggest both constructive and positive feedback designed so that Jim will leave motivated to do his best.
  • Format your assignment according to the following formatting requirements:
    • This course requires use of Strayer Writing Standards (SWS). Please take a moment to review the SWS documentation for details.
    • Include at least 2 references to support your paper.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Explain effective approaches to the broad spectrum of employee relations, including career development, fostering ethical behavior, discipline, labor relations, and dismissals.
  • Analyze various techniques, considerations, and designs of performance appraisal programs.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in human resource management.
  • Write clearly and concisely about human resource management using proper writing mechanics.

Analysis On Food Security

Your project as a consultant for the United Nations is to develop an analysis that addresses three issues related to global food insecurity caused by global population growth and poverty, and to explore these issues in a developing country of your choosing.

The UN has given you the following guidelines.


The UN has asked that your paper contain three sections. Each section should be one page (or approximately 300 words) in length and answer specific questions, identified in the outline below. It also asks that you use examples from your developing country when answering the questions.


Provide an introduction of half a page minimum that addresses points a-e below.

  1. Explains the problem the UN has asked you to address in your own words;
  2. Identifies the three sections your paper will cover;
  3. Identifies the developing country you will consider;
  4. Tells the UN the causes of food insecurity; and
  5. Provides a one-sentence statement of your solutions at the end of your introduction paragraph.

Section I. Background

  1. What is food insecurity?
  2. What role does population growth play in food security?

Section II. Technologies That Can Reduce Hunger and Improve Food Security

  1. What forms of technology can be used to reduce hunger and improve food security?
  2. How would these technological solutions work?
  3. What causes of food insecurity do these technologies address?

Section III. Specific Factors in Chosen Developing Country

  1. Considering the causes of food insecurity, what factors interrupt the flow of food from the source to the people in the developing country you selected?


  • Provide a conclusion of half a page minimum that includes a summary of your findings that the United Nations can use to inform future policy decisions.


Formatting Requirements

  • Make sure your paper consists of four to six pages of content (or 1,200 words minimum, not including the cover or reference pages).
  • Create headings for each section of your paper as follows:
    • Section I. Background
    • Section II. Technologies That Can Reduce Hunger and Improve Food Security
    • Section III. Specific Factors in Chosen Developing Country
  • Use and cite at least five credible sources in your research. A list of potential resources is available below.
  • Make sure your paper contains both in-text citations and a source list

Network Diagram Report

You have been contracted to upgrade a small business from an ad-hoc wireless network to a serious infrastructure environment. The company wants to take the business to the next level and needs the infrastructure to support it. For this assignment, there are three parts: Business Profile Document, Network Diagram, and a Report to Leadership.

For the second part, you will need to create a simple network diagram to communicate your ideas to your client. There are many tools that can be used to create professional-looking network diagrams, but the most important part is demonstrating your knowledge of logical and physical topologies to communicate the process.


Part 1 of 3: Business Profile Document

  • Create a fictional small business. The business can be of any industry of your choosing such as a small restaurant chain, a real estate office, an import/export business, etc. It is best to choose a business that you know, but feel free to branch out and do additional research if you are up for a challenge. At minimum, you will want to have the business name and the number of employees, workstations, servers, routers, switches, etc.
  • Write a business profile that includes the name of the business and the number of employees, workstations, servers, routers, switches, and any other relevant information for the purpose of this report.
  • It is suggested that you use Microsoft Word or OpenOffice to create your business profile document to complete Part 1.

Part 2 of 3: Network Diagram

  • Create your network diagram and label it clearly. You can use any tool to create your visual for the network document, such as Visio, as long as the output file is a PDF or Office document. Remember, the priority is illustrating the network to your client. You are responsible for ensuring that the document you use can be opened easily by your professor.

Part 3 of 3: Report to Leadership

  • Create the following four (4) memos for the leadership in your company. Address the memos to the CIO and CEO. You can use standard MS Word documents to create the memos or you can use the email template in Word. Include the following in your report:
    • Memo 1: Describe the hardware needed and include the brand, model number, cost, and the website with the information, including the price. Include a screen shot for clarity.
      • Workstations
      • Routers
      • Switches
      • CablingTools
      • Wall Outlets
        Zip Ties
      • Server Racks
      • Servers
      • Other
    • Memo 2: Describe and explain the logical and physical topology you plan to use. Make sure that this matches what is shown in your diagram from Part 1. Thoroughly explain the reasoning for the choices you made.
    • Memo 3: Outline an estimated time of completion for the project, including dates, times, people involved, and any other information needed for your specific project. Be thorough in your outline to leadership.
    • Memo 4: Identify the phases that you might use and include an explanation for why these phases should be used. Phases to consider are research, proposal, purchasing, planning, implementing, etc. (Build from what you have learned in other classes to make this decision.)

positive organizational scholarship

Your task is to offer a detailed critique of a peer-reviewed article that you locate in the CSU Online Library. The article must be related to one of the historic approaches to organizational behavior discussed in Chapter 1 of the course textbook (e.g., scientific management, humanistic, positive organizational scholarship).

In your critique, address the following points:

  • Identify the main points and arguments of the author(s).
  • Support your opinion of the article with course-related terminology.
  • Assess how the article relates to your experience or current job in the public or nonprofit sector.
  • Evaluate how the points or arguments of the author or authors can be applied to the public sector.

Your focus of this assignment is to collect your thoughts and opinions on the topic and relate them in an intelligent, critical fashion. This is represented by the second and third bullet above.

Your critique must be at least two pages in length. Adhere to APA Style when constructing this assignment, including in-text citations and references for all sources that are used. Please note that no abstract is needed.

Assignment 2 Voices Of Change


In Assignment 2, we ask you to consider the actual words or works of an important spokesperson for their times. After reading that speaker’s words, you will use the provided template to write a two-page response that shares your thoughts about the work in question, the historical events happening during the time the work was produced, and the relevance of the work in the present day. Completing this assignment will give you a real insight into the thoughts and feelings of an actual participant in historical events. You will also begin to see how learning from past perspectives helps us better understand the issues we face in our own time period.

To complete this assignment, follow these steps:

  1. Pick one of the three topic choices below.
  2. Access the Assignment 2 Project Paper Template [DOCX].
  3. Download the template.
  4. Save the template to the desktop folder on your computer (or another location of your choice) with the following filename: Your First Name_Your Last Name_HUM 112_Assignment 2_Summer 2019. Here is an example: Philip_HUM112_Assignment 2_Summer 2019.
  5. Complete the template that you downloaded. Follow the instructions provided in the template to make sure you add all the required content.
  6. Edit your work, making sure you have discussed each bullet point in the template and checking your work for grammatical errors and proper SWS style.
  7. Submit your complete response to Blackboard.
Topic Choices

Topic Choice 1: Frederick Douglass’s speech What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?

Topic Choice 2: Charles Dickens’s Economic Change and Consequences.

Select one of the following works to focus on for your assignment. You can find all four options in Chapter 28 of your textbook. Page numbers are indicated in the bullet points below.

  • Old Curisosity Shop (textbook page 944).
  • Sketches by Boz (textbook page 947).
  • Dombey and Son (textbook page 951).
  • Hard Times (textbook page 952).

Topic Choice 3: Women Challenge Their Audience.

Select one of the following authors to focus on for your assignment:

The specific course outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Summarize thoughts about an author’s work, including the historical events happening at the time it was produced and the relevance of the work in the present day.
  • Review the rubric in the Course Guide to see how your assignment will be graded on answer quality, logic and organization of the paper, and language and writing skills.