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Writing Across the Curriculum

Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program
School of Business, Public Administration and Information Sciences
Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus

Writing Workshop

October 6, 2006, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Coordinator: Professor Beverly P. Lyons, MPA Program
William Burgos, WAC Director, and Courtney Frederick, ARC Director

The purpose of the workshop is to have you review and practice several skills fundamental to the writing you will be doing in your discipline:

  • Summarizing and paraphrasing texts
  • Citation of sources
  • Critical thinking and analysis.

Workshop Readings

Before coming to the writing workshop, please read through the material in the attached packet.

Writing Assignment

The following assignment sequence is designed to help you practice summarizing and paraphrasing first and then to apply those skills in a short analytical essay that draws on at least one source. Please read document-1 before starting the exercise.Please format your papers using the format guidelines (document-2) provided in the packet. The summary and paraphrase should be one document, and your essay based on one of the case studies should be a separate document.

  1. In your own words, summarize from document-3 in your packet, the key provisions of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) regulations (Sec. 1604.11, Title 29, bullets a-g) regarding sexual harassment. Within your summary, include at least one direct quote from the document, following the proper citation rules in APA style. Paraphrase bullets “e” and “f” only (of Title 29) in your own words according to the APA style.
  2. You have been provided with two case studies (document-4), each of which raises issues related to sexual harassment. Assume you are the employer/manager who has been charged with submitting a report analyzing the situation and recommending appropriate action.  Choose one of these case studies, and using the questions to guide, not structure, your essay, write a three page analysis. Use the EEOC regulations as a source, providing the proper citation. You may draw on other relevant sources. (Note: Your “report” should be in essay, not memo, form.)

Please bring the written assignments and all of the provided materials to the workshop.

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