ALL 6 PARTS HAVE TO BE COMPLETED
SWOT and SMART
This weekâ€™s material introduced the SWOT analysis and SMART goals.If you have not read this weekâ€™s lectures or viewed the videos, please do so before starting this assignment.
Write a paper addressing all of the following items:
1.Your educational background and academic experiences
a.Write about your educational background and academic experiences.What were some memorable experiences (either positive or negative) that impacted your self-esteem as a student? What kinds of grades did you earn overall? What were your favorite classes in high school? What classes do you think you would like to take in college? Provide details so that your instructor gains a sense of your abilities and attitudes towards schoolwork.
2.Why you chose to attend Grantham University
a.Describe how you first heard about Grantham University.What were the factors that helped you decide to attend Grantham? What is your chosen program of study? What has influenced your decision regarding this program of study? Are you definitely sure that you want to graduate, or are you just â€œtesting the watersâ€? Provide details so that your instructor gains a sense of how serious you are about your college journey.
3.Self-assessment of strengths and weaknesses
a.As we discussed in the weekly lecture, a SWOT is a tool that helps businesses and individuals assess their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.For this assignment, you will focus on Strengths and Weaknesses.
b.To generate your list of Strengths, use the feedback you received in the discussion forum this week (along with your own beliefs) to identify at least three strengths you will rely on the most as you pursue your degree.Write a paragraph of at least 250 words to convey your strengths.
c.To generate your list of Weaknesses, again use this weekâ€™s discussion forum feedback along with your own beliefs to identify at least three areas that may need some development as you pursue your degree. Write a paragraph of at least 250 words to convey your weaknesses.
a.After examining your strengths and your weaknesses, write three goals aimed at helping develop your areas of weakness.Remember to incorporate the SMART criteria (refer to this weekâ€™s content that describes SMART goals â€“ specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-sensitive) when you write your goals. After each goal, explain why the goal is important to you and what actions you will take to accomplish your goals.
b.The first goal should be immediate â€“ one that you wish to begin working on immediately.
c.The second goal is one that is short term â€“ you plan to develop over the next 6 months to a year.
d.The final goal is a long-term goal.This one can take several years to achieve.
Use Microsoft Word to prepare your assignment.You will attach your completed document to the assignment dropbox (do not type in the assignment dropbox).
Grit and Growth
The theme this week (â€œFriends and Enemiesâ€) introduced the idea that tangible or intangible resources or obstacles can serve as your friends and enemies as you pursue your college degree.Note that your friends and enemies can be interpreted as your opportunities and threats.If you have not yet read this weekâ€™s lectures or viewed the videos, please do so before starting this assignment.
Address the following items in your paper:
1.Opportunities and Threats
a.As we discussed last week, a SWOT analysis is a tool that helps businesses and individuals assess their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.For this assignment, you will focus on Opportunities and Threats.
b.To generate your list of Opportunities, explore the Grantham catalog or website to identify at least three opportunities (resources) you will rely on the most as you pursue your degree.Write a paragraph of at least 250 words to convey your opportunities.
c.To generate your list of Threats, think about your personal and professional obligations to identify at least three threats that you may need to overcome as your pursue your degree. Write a paragraph of at least 250 words to convey your threats.
a.Explain what grit means to you and why having grit is important in life.Use your own words â€“ do not copy what has already been provided in this class. Provide an example from your own experience in which you demonstrated grit to accomplish a big goal.If you do not think you have demonstrated grit in the past, describe an instance in which you failed to accomplish a big goal and describe how you would act differently if you had a chance to try again.
a.Look up some information about Dr. Dweckâ€™s Growth Mindset.Type the words dweck growth mindset into your favorite internet search engine.Select one source (be sure to write down the URL) and while reading/viewing that source, take some notes about what points the author is making.Do not copy word for word â€“ use your own words to rephrase what the author has written.
4.Comparison of Grit and Growth Mindset
a.Write a paragraph of at least 250 words in which you describe the growth mindset, and how it relates to grit.You might also compare it to â€œfixed mindsetâ€ which is often presented along with growth mindset.Provide your own examples of what it means to have a growth mindset, and how you can apply the concept in your college work.
Victim, Creator, and Growth
This week, you took the victim vs. creator assessment.For this assignment, you will make some important connections between information from this week and last week.
Address each of the following items in your paper:
1.Interpretation of victim/creator quiz results
a.In a paragraph of at least 250 words, share your results from the victim vs. creator assessment.Given these results, explain what that means about you and how you are likely to react in the face of a challenging situation.Why is your reaction important in a university setting?
2.Summary of Growth Mindset article
a.First, access our online library (EBSCOhost).In the search box, type Dweck growth mindset. Select one of the articles to read, and be sure to record the title of the article, author(s) and source.Second, summarize the main points of the article.Here is how you write a summary: after you read one paragraph, stop and jot down the â€œtake awayâ€ point from that passage.Then go on to the next paragraph.You must use your own words, you cannot copy the authorâ€™s wording.If your article is composed of 32 paragraphs, your summary will consists of 32 sentences.
3.Compare victim/creator with growth/fixed mindsets
a.In another paragraph of at least 250 words, compare the victim, creator and growth mindsets, using your own words and examples.How are they similar, and how do they differ?
4.Compare searches for sources
- Last week, you searched the internet for an article about Dweckâ€™s growth mindset. Describe how many sources you found, and what kinds of sources they were (videos, books, articles, advertisements, etc.).This week, you only searched EBSCOhost for an article on Dweckâ€™s growth mindset.Discuss the results of this search â€“ how did you limit the search, how many sources did you find, and what kinds of sources were they?
Putting it all Together
SWOT, grit, growth, victim, creator, motivation, academic integrity.In the past few weeks, you have been writing short papers that incorporate ideas from sources you have found on the internet and on EBSCOhost.This week, you will read one more article, and use it along with the others to write an essay about being successful in college.This paper will be used to help determine your preparedness for future English courses in college.Do your best work!
1.Read the article Shifting out of the Drama Triangle: Victim vs. Creator Mindsets.
2.Write a 5-paragraph essay which explains how having the creator mindset can foster greater success in college than having the victim mindset. For sources, be sure to use this weekâ€™s article as well as the articles required for weeks two and three to support your argument.
a.The first paragraph is your introduction.It should introduce the topic and contain the thesis statement.
b.The second paragraph should have a topic sentence that relates to the thesis statement.This paragraph should provide supporting evidence or ideas for your thesis that come from the designated article â€œShifting out of the Drama Triangle.â€In this paragraph, you must incorporate one paraphrase from the article and cite it in text properly using APA citations.This paraphrase must be highlighted in yellow.Also you must also incorporate one short, direct quote from the article and cite it in text properly using APA citations.This direct quote must be highlighted in blue.
c.The third and fourth paragraphs are also supporting paragraphs for your thesis.They should have topic sentences that support your thesis statement, and contain additional information that further supports the thesis.Be sure to paraphrase or summarize the two articles you have already found regarding the growth mindset. Use your own words, but provide credit to the articles from which you have taken your ideas.
d.The final paragraph is the conclusion. It should connect to the introductory paragraph and summarize the main points of the paper.
3.List your sources in a References page at the end of your paper.
Read the article Why Failure is Good for Success, then write and deliver a speech in which you take a position on whether failure is truly good for success.
To complete this assignment:
1.Read the article
2.Write the Speech
a.Use Microsoft Word to prepare your essay.
b.Paragraph one is your introduction.It should introduce the topic and contain the thesis statement which contains your position on the topic.
c.Paragraphs 2-4 are the supporting paragraphs for your thesis.They should support your thesis statement, have topic sentences that relate to the thesis statement, and contain additional information that further supports the thesis.You should use personal experiences from your life that demonstrate how you have failed, what you have learned from failure, and how you bounced back after failure.
d.In this paper, you must incorporate one paraphrase from the article and cite it in text and on the Reference page properly using APA citations.This paraphrase must be highlighted in yellow.
e.In this paper, you must also incorporate one short, direct quote from the article and cite it in text properly using APA citations.This direct quote must be highlighted in blue.
f.The final paragraph is the conclusion. It should connect to the introductory paragraph and summarize the main points of the paper.
g.Sources/References:List the author, title of article and source information.Refer to the Pocket Keys for Writers to help you prepare your source list.
Write a Business Letter
Write a letter using Microsoft Word asking a local business (real or imagined) to hold an event or to
donate funds for your charity (real or imagined). In the body of the letter ensure you name your
charity, what the donation will be used for, the benefits your charity offers to the local community and
your contact information. Please read through the remaining directions and information. View the
following links to learn about the setup up of a business letter
Parts of a Business Letter
NOTE: No templates are to be used for this assignment
The content (body) of the letter is two paragraphs. The second paragraph would include
No templates can be used for this assignment. You need to start from a blank word
document and complete the letter without the use of a template.
Include senderâ€™s address, date, inside address (is the address for the person to whom you
are sending the letter and is right before the salutation – see the links above), salutation,
body of the letter, and signature block.
Include a bulleted or numbered list of at least three items in the body of the letter. For
instance, this could be for how the donation will be used, benefits of your charity, or ideas for
Change the font of the signature in the signature block of the letter so that it is a different font
than that used in the rest of the letter.
Use at least two other font features like font size, bold, or underline in the letter. For instance,
you might italicize the signature or contact information, change the font size of the bulleted
list, underline the phone number, bold the name of the charity, etc.
Save your file as IntroCompApps_Week1_LastnameFirstInitial.