Task: Write a report about a person or event. This means you will need to learn about your person or event and then decide what is the interesting information to share with your reader.

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Task: Write a report about a person or event. This means you will need to learn about your person or event and then decide what is the interesting information to share with your reader.

The purpose of this assignment is to help you practice the following skills that are essential to your success in this course:

Identifying a focused topic for a specific audience. Producing an informative thesis based on research and credible information. Outlining paragraphs to support theses. Using appropriate MLA documentation. Implementing the standards of American English.

Task: Write a report about a person or event.

This means you will need to learn about your person or event and then decide what is the interesting information to share with your reader.

You do NOT just want to write a biography or history of the person.

Rather, you should consider what the average person on the street might not know about the topic and write your report to interest them. An example of this would be writing about Kim Kardashian but focusing on her philanthropic efforts in prison reform (Links to an external site.).

To come up with an interesting angle for your profile, it might help to identify the audience you want to reach: what angle would likely interest them?

Choose a celebrity or historical figure, or a cultural or historical event. Ex. Elvis Presley (Links to an external site.) or The Mirabal Sisters (Links to an external site.) Ex. Mardi Gras (Links to an external site.) or The Haitian Revolution (Links to an external site.) Use Biography.com (Links to an external site.), History.com (Links to an external site.), or an article from a credible encyclopedia (Links to an external site.)– or all three– to find information about your person or event. You should have found and read two articles before writing your outline. Note: You cannot use Wikipedia as research for any essay requiring credible sources. (You can, however, look at the sources listed in a Wikipedia entry.) Based on your research, compose an informative thesis with a clear purpose. Consider what you want your reader to know about the person or event and why you want them to know it. Outline your report around this thesis.