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Instructions for the major assignments

Assignments are due in Canvas on the dates noted in the syllabus, all at 11:59 p.m. unless otherwise instructed in class. Late work is penalized 10% per day. You are responsible for assuring that your submission has been correctly uploaded. The rewrites are due one week after the corrected versions are returned to you. The document files should be titled yourlastname, followed by the number of the assignment as listed below; for example, perry3. Add an R to the document title for the rewrite; for example, perry3R.

Late submissions for rewrites will not be accepted. You are responsible for checking Canvas for returned assignments.


3. News Article for AEC/CALS  (R) (due Feb. 18)

Write a news story in inverted pyramid and AP style on the topic you submitted to your instructors for publication in the CALS or AEC newsletters. The article should be about 700 words (630-770).

The article should have at least two sources and two full-sentence, direct quotes from at least one of those sources. Attribute facts and all opinions/judgment. Use the attribution style discussed in class for direct quotes. No direct quote can be from an anonymous source.

Write a sentence headline of one line only, following the guidelines discussed in lecture.

The article should be double spaced, flush left, using 10-12-point type. Be sure to put your name and contact information at the top of the article. Furnish your source's contact information. (You may append the source list as a last page of the document.)

Specify which of our target publications is most appropriate for your topic.

Be sure to include all elements outlined in the checklist below:

CALS/AEC Article Grading Sheet

Structure (15%)

__ The article is about 700 (630-770) words. 

__ The assignment is submitted in MS Word via Canvas with the correctly styled file name.
__ The article is double-spaced and has page numbers and an end-mark.
 


Content (65%)
__ The article includes the writer's name and contact information.
__ The article's topic is approved by your instructors and is newsworthy.

__ The article includes a sentence headline.

__ The lead grabs readers' attention, and the facts support the lead.
__ The article answers who, what, when, where, why and how. 

__ The content is factual, containing no unattributed judgment, conjecture or opinion.
__ The article cites at least two sources.
__ The article has at least two direct quotes from at least one of those sources.

Writing (40%)
__ The article is written from the audience's perspective.
__ The writing is to the point and uses simple language and active sentences.

__ The direct quotes are attributed correctly as outlined in lecture, introducing speaker first in a
separate sentence then using the order: quote, speaker, and preferred attribution verb.
 

__ Paragraphs are short but well developed. 

__ The headline is a skeletonized sentence, following the guidelines give in lecture, and captures the
essence of the article.

__ Sentences are short, but complete, and not run-ons. 

__ Transitions are used effectively.
__ The writing is concise, especially the lead. 

__ The writing is clear. 

__ The writing is free from grammatical errors.

__ The writing is free from spelling errors.

__ The writing is free from capitalization errors. 

__ Punctuation is used correctly.
__ The article correctly uses AP style.

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