Rain Garden Memo Checklist
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Memo revision checklist, courtesy of AristotleYESNOCOULD BE BETTERACTIONS
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Invention: Do you have three authoritative sources? Use the ones we discussed. Use APA citation AND include references at the end of the memo. HANGING INDENTS!
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Arrangement: TWO! 1) Did you use the paragraph types and order we used in class?; AND, 2) Do your paragrahs relfect the cognitive wedge? If you use the paragraph types and order and text volumn discussed, you will achieve the cognitive wedge.
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Delivery: Did you use the conventional memo format we discussed in class? USE THE HEADING!
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Style: Did you use first person in opening/closing and third person in body?
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Memory: Will Jane understand what a rain garden is? Will she know that rain gardens are documented to be effective with two environmental problems?
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Logos/Content detail (pattern of two, here)
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How does a rain garden work? (Form and function)
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What two environmental problems are addressed? water and pollution control
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Add two examples of local rain garden, describing briefly, CURATINGtheplatformer/documenttypeANDPREVIEINGthecontent.
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Use a peer-reviewed Davis article in the evaluation paragraph, focusing on the two functions of 1) storm water management and 2) uptake of pollutants
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Ethos/Citation
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Include bibliography of sources; use hanging indents.APA!
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Ethos of peer review technical journal; expertise of hydrologist/bioretention specialist who helped found and establish the field; institutional/ ethos of inventor/founder/developer, too.
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Pathos: What will Jane think of you after reading your work?
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Are you detail oriented?
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Are you a clear thinker, revealed by clear writing?
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Will Jane trust you with complex topics?
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Will Jane see you as willing to step up professionally?
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Do you sound professional? Are you willing to work but not naively eager?
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Irritations: A kind of pathos-ethos interaction
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Typos and formatting lapses
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Spelling errors
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Capitalization problems: proper nouns take capitals, but most nouns do not!
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Empty subjects weaken your prose and irritate Jane
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Huge paragraphs that treat too many topics
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Sentences that are too long and complex
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Paragraphs that DO NOT open with simple direct topic sentence
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Be consistent (more on this in class)
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Icing on cake
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Staple! DOUBLE-SPACED in HARD COPY. PLEASE. Make my grading easier.
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Candles on top
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Prepare this as if you were already at work and not in a class.
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You will have a strong, short writing sample here suitable for job searches.
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