Academic and Professional Communications in Public Safety

Three Assignments total


Expository Essay Considerations

Persuasive Essay Considerations

Three Strikes Laws

Explain what three strikes laws are, their background, and
their use in the United States.

Some have questioned the fairness and deterrent effect of
three strikes laws. Persuade the reader that three strikes laws are, or are
not, a fair and effective method for deterring crime.

Unit 1 Assignment: Brainstorming and Grouping

Part 1: Brainstorming

The more you free write, the more raw material you will have available to create your informative essay and persuasive essay due in Units 2 and 4, respectively. This information, combined with the ideas compiled during your brainstorming session, will serve as the starting point for: 1) finding out exactly what you know about the topic, 2) finding out how much you do not know about the topic, and 3) identifying things that are still unclear to you about the topic.

Review Chapter 6: The Writing Process  

Free Write a minimum of 750 words based on the topic you chose from the matrix.

  • Focus on content
  • Do not worry about grammar, punctuation, citation, or anything else

Part 2: Grouping

The goal of grouping is to generate ideas for subtopics. Categorize information from your free writing exercise into one of the following formats.

  • Outline
  • Bubble Map
  • Concept Map  

Identify a minimum of four subtopics stemming from your main topic.

Combine your work into one word document which includes your Topic, Part 1: Brainstorming, and Part II: Grouping.

Unit 2 Assignment: Informative Essay

 Informative essays take the form of a report in which you share factual information with the reader in an interesting way.

Review your chosen topic from Unit Assignment 1.

Research factual information on your topic.

Write a 750–1,050 word informative essay based on your topic.

Format your work consistent with APA guidelines.

Cite your sources and include a reference page.

Unit 3 Assignment: Persuasive Essay

For this Assignment, you will be writing a persuasive essay and building a concept map. A concept map is a graphic representation of a path by which your audience can most easily reach your point of view.

Review your Unit 1 brainstorming and free writing Assignments.

Create a concept map utilizing one of the following resources or a resource of your choosing:

  • PowerPoint®
  • Microsoft Word with graphics
  • Microsoft Visio®

Demonstrate the relationship between the following in your concept map:

  • Introductory paragraph
  • Position or stance on the issue
  • Supporting arguments and examples defending your position
  • Identified concession to the argument and rebuttal
  • Conclusive summary

Review your peers’ feedback on your thesis statement in the Unit 2 Discussion.

Consider how to grab the reader’s attention for the introduction of the persuasive essay.

Write an introduction for the persuasive essay based on your topic.

Review the specific components to the persuasive essay.

Write a 750–1,050 word persuasive essay.

Follow the five-paragraph format.

Include the following components in your essay:

  • Introductory Paragraph ‘
    • Include your thesis statement
    • Include a discussion of at least three supporting points
  • Body Section 1 (supporting point 1 fully presented)
  • Body Section 2 (supporting point 2 fully presented)
  • Body Section 3 (supporting point 3 fully presented)
  • Conclusive Summary

Format your work consistent with APA guidelines.

Include a title and reference page.

Cite your sources and include a reference page.

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