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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
November 3, 2006, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Coordinator: Professor Beverly P. Lyons, MPA Program
William Burgos, WAC Director, Sarah Blazer, Assistant Director,
and Jane Suda, Librarian

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:

  • Developing thesis statements
  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Locating and integrating sources into discipline- and profession-specific writing


Workshop Readings

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

Writing Assignment

The following assignment is designed to help you practice developing a thesis statement and analyzing a problem in a short essay that draws on at least one source.

You have been provided with two case studies (document 3), each of which presents a problem to be solved. Pick one of the two case studies, and argue how you would advise the individual in charge to act. To analyze the case, use and cite at least one source that you find through your own research. You might also draw on any relevant materials (textbooks, lecture notes, etc.) from your MPA coursework. Be sure to frame your discussion with a thesis, wherein you state and briefly explain your recommended course of action.

Please use APA citation style for all in-text citations and the Works Cited page. (See document 1).


Please bring 2 COPIES of your writing assignment and 2 COPIES of your source as well as all of the provided materials to the workshop.

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