Project Proposal Assignment and In-Class Activity
To help prepare Academic Writing Strategies students for their project proposals, I break them up into group to create a short professional proposal. Although aimed at non-academic audiences, these proposals each carry similar considerations. For example, thoughtful consideration of venue, expenses, and timeline demonstrate a strategic approach to a project. Each of these mock proposals are intentionally goofy and so the justifications that are part of each proposal are low-stakes while still imparting the sense that these are significant elements to a proposal.
The class was given 15 minutes to prepare and ~5 minutes to present, 20 minutes for the entire class. This was enough time but it was crunched towards the end. Preparation time seemed adequate though.