Module 01 - Business Communication, Management, and Success
1.9 Introducing Yourself to Your Instructor (LO 1-5, LO 1-6)
This assignment is straightforward. Kitty and Steve like it because it helps them see students as
individuals and as competent people. Many of them who are not good writers nevertheless have
impressive achievements in other areas. Because people going through rough periods may not
be ready to write about themselves, Kitty often gave students a choice of either this or Exercise
1.12. Steve also likes the assignment because it gets their “feet wet” regarding document format.
Take 10 minutes to tell students to
Use a complete memo format; remember to initial the memo. Headings are optional.
Include only information they feel comfortable sharing.
Be specific enough to show how they’re different from other people who are from the
same town, in the same major, planning the same career path.
List at least five accomplishments. These can be anything that makes the writer feel good about
himself or herself, even if it’s not the kind of thing that goes on a résumé. For example, someone
who has just run a 10K race for the first time may justly be proud of that, even though other
people run further or faster.
Your students may write better memos when you give them a memo about yourself. (They also
enjoy learning something about you, just as you will enjoy being able to see them as individuals.)
Use Appendix 1-A through Appendix 1-C as an example of one of Kitty’s introductory memos.
You can use Exercise 1.10 as an in-class discussion exercise to help students prepare for this
If you use this problem, point out to students that it is very different from other assignments
they’ll have. Kitty has had students who have done very well writing about themselves and very
poorly when asked to assume the roles of middle managers. The opposite also happens: some
students who write vague, stilted memos about themselves do just fine in the course.
1.10 Describing Your Experience in and Goals for Writing (LO 1-5, LO 1-6)
This assignment tells you what your students already know about writing and can help you plan
Usually the very best writers will produce strong responses to this prompt. Mediocre writers
have problems. They often aren’t conscious of what they’ve been taught or of how their writing
has been evaluated—they remember only the grade, not comments. They may not have enough
awareness of labels or of the kinds of areas in which writing is evaluated to know what they see
as strengths and weaknesses. However, even if their view of strengths and weaknesses is off, you
may still want to know what they see as their strengths and weaknesses.
© 2014 by McGraw-Hill Education. This is proprietary material solely for authorized instructor use. Not authorized for sale or distribution in any
manner. This document may not be copied, scanned, duplicated, forwarded, distributed, or posted on a website, in whole or part.