Local Projects: Planning Guide

The Texas legislature and the Texas Education Agency calls upon educational institutions to stimulate cultural and civic awareness in some measurable way. In this course, our goal is to brainstorm and describe a writing project that focuses on a community problem or possibility for improvement. The writing project can be a report, guide, handbook, proposal.

Your job in this unit is to find or invent a report project that involves solving a local problem or improving some local situation. If it turns out to be an interesting project, then make it your actual final report project for this course.

Once you have found (or invented) this project, fill out this online memo describing important aspects of your project.

Where to look?

Consider the following (move your mouse over the items; some have further details):

AIDS in Austin alternative energy sources alternative transportation Austin economy
Austin music scene bats careers child abuse
children churches college affordability crime in Austin
daycare drought drug addiction eldercare
flooding gangs gardening immigrants in Austin
kindergartens lawn care libraries light rail
mass transportation mosquitoes neightborhoods over-crowding
parking police poverty recycling
rodents safety issues schools solar power usage
streets students the disabled the elderly
the homeless traffic trash collection unemployment
widespread Internet availability waste disposal

What to write?

You'll write that online memo describing the project in terms of its topic, problem or idea for improvement, actions to be taken, people affected, benefits from doing the project, the feasibility of the project's success, qualifications needed to undertake the project, and estimated costs. Include an outline of the report that would recommend this project.

How will it be evaluated?

Your grade for this project will be based on how realistic your project is, how much of a real need it addresses, and how much detail you include in each of the requested sections of the memo.

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