Writing prompt #1 People Faces trade-off

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This paper is going to be graded on these 5 areas: Focus, content, organization, language, and mechanics ***Please check grammar for any errors. I recommend  using Grammarly to check clarity and mistakes**** *************IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE LET ME KNOW**********

***********Here is the writing prompt below********
You have one semester left to graduate and you have the finances to do a maximum of four courses. Three of the courses are required courses. The last course slot belongs to an elective. You have narrowed down your choices to three electives, all of which are very popular and very useful courses that you are very interested in. Decide on the course you want to take. Then using at least two economic decision-making principles, explain why you are making this choice.

Develop a response that includes examples and evidence to support your ideas, and which clearly communicates the required message to your audience. Organize your response in a clear and logical manner as appropriate for the genre of writing. Use well-structured sentences, audience-appropriate language, and correct conventions of standard American English.

*******HERES A EXAMPLE HOW THE PAPER SHOULD BE******* A hook in the introduction.Don’t forget transition words. Every paragraph should have a topic sentence.
Writing Performance: 6 – very effectively communicates the writer’s message.
Writing Trait: Commentary:
Focus & Meaning There is very effective focus and meaning in the essay. The writer establishes and maintains an insightful controlling idea or bottom line, demonstrates a thorough understanding of the purpose, clearly adapts the message to the audience, and completes all parts of the task.

The writer clearly demonstrates a thorough understanding of the purpose. The introductory paragraph outlines the main idea of the response. (“Two such principles are ‘Trade offs’ and ‘Opportunity Cost’. These principles apply to the decision that I am currently faced with.”) The electives that will be discussed are presented. (“I am going into my senior year of college, and I must choose between three electives: Marketing 334, Public Speaking, and Corporate Selling Principles.”) All of the details used in the response relate to the central/controlling idea very effectively and do not include additional, nonessential information.

Content & Development Content and development are very effective. The writer develops ideas fully and memorably, using appropriate business concepts and terms.

Relevant points explain and illustrate the trade-off associated with the selection of an elective very effectively. Details explain and illustrate each main idea very effectively. (“I decided to first evaluate Marketing 334. This class is not your average elective class; it has more benefits and real world experience than most. It teaches many skills such as formal dining etiquette, resume building skills, interview skills, and the like.” “This led me to consider taking a Public Speaking elective. This class would prepare me to more confidently present my thoughts and ideas to large audiences in a professional setting.” “This led me to consider Corporate Selling Principles as an elective. This class would directly tie in to what I want to do in my professional life. It will teach me various ways to pitch a product to a wide range of different groups for many different purposes.”)

Organization There is very effective organization. The essay demonstrates a cohesive and unified structure with effective use of paragraphing or grouping of information, logical connections, and transitional devices throughout.

The writer very effectively groups main ideas into paragraphs. The first three body paragraphs discuss the benefits of each of the electives being considered. The fourth paragraph is the analysis of the trade-offs associated with the selection of the elective. The fifth body paragraph adds the opportunity cost factor into the analysis, fully rounding out the writer’s decision-making process.

Logical connections and transitions between paragraphs and sentences are used very effectively. The writer uses the last sentence of a body paragraph to foreshadow the main idea of the following paragraph. For example, the last line of paragraph two is used as a transition. (“Then I began to question my skills and confidence when it comes to addressing large groups of people.”) The first line of paragraph three, following the transition sentence, continues with the main idea very effectively. (“This led me to consider taking a Public Speaking elective.”)

Language Use & Style There is very effective language use and style in the essay. The writer demonstrates precise, professional language and word choice, a defined voice, a clear sense of audience, and well-structured and varied sentences.

The language and tone are consistent, precise, and professional. (“It not only helped me compare the benefits, costs, and trade offs, but it helped me to come to the most logical conclusion and to relate economic principles to life decisions. Most people think economics only involves graphs, charts, and comparison of data, but in reality, day to day decisions can be made based on the basic economic principles of trade offs and opportunity cost.”)

Sentences are well structured and varied with an excellent voice for business writing. (“In the business world I may be asked to address crowds and effectively communicate my point. Because I feel I am somewhat lacking in this area, the class would certainly be worth taking. This class consists of four speeches that are assigned by the instructor, forcing the student to be creative with regard to variety of topics.”)

Mechanics & Conventions There is very effective control of mechanics and conventions. There are few or no errors in punctuation, spelling and usage, and grammar and sentence structure.

The response effectively demonstrates correct use of punctuation (i.e., apostrophes, colons, commas, hyphens, italics, parentheses, periods, quotation marks, and semicolons). (“This class is not your average elective class; it has more benefits and real world experience than most. It teaches many skills such as formal dining etiquette, resume building skills, interview skills, and the like. Considering the fact that I will be graduating in a semester, these skills would greatly benefit my personal marketability, along with making me feel more prepared for the jump to the business world.”)

Excellent spelling and word usage are effectively demonstrated. (“By not taking Marketing 334, I will lose the exposure to principles of etiquette, but I will still be exposed to principles of proper behavior in a business environment in the class I chose. Although the negative part of the trade off certainly exists, it was not enough to outweigh the positive.”)

The response effectively demonstrates correct grammar (i.e., excellent use of subject-verb agreement, pronoun use, parallel structure, and sentence structure; particularly a lack of fragments and run-ons). (“This class would prepare me to more confidently present my thoughts and ideas to large audiences in a professional setting. In the business world I may be asked to address crowds and effectively communicate my point.”)

When making life decisions, economic principles can be applied to help one arrive at the best possible choice. Two such principles are “Trade offs” and “Opportunity Cost”. These principles apply to the decision that I am currently faced with. I am going into my senior year of college, and I must choose between three electives: Marketing 334, Public Speaking, and Corporate Selling Principles. All three classes will provide valuable experience that will help me in my job the following year. Each class has different helpful attributes that will benefit me as a marketing major.

In order to choose the best class for my major, I decided to make a list comparing each of the electives by evaluating the economic principles of trade off and opportunity cost. I decided to first evaluate Marketing 334. This class is not your average elective class; it has more benefits and real world experience than most. It teaches many skills such as formal dining etiquette, resume building skills, interview skills, and the like. Considering the fact that I will be graduating in a semester, these skills would greatly benefit my personal marketability, along with making me feel more prepared for the jump to the business world. Then I began to question my skills and confidence when it comes to addressing large groups of people.

This led me to consider taking a Public Speaking elective. This class would prepare me to more confidently present my thoughts and ideas to large audiences in a professional setting. In the business world I may be asked to address crowds and effectively communicate my point. Because I feel I am somewhat lacking in this area, the class would certainly be worth taking. This class consists of four speeches that are assigned by the instructor, forcing the student to be creative with regard to variety of topics. I feel this is relevant because there will many times that I will give a presentation on concepts that are difficult to explain. With background experience, this would not only be easier, but my confidence in it would be greater, resulting in a more effective presentation. Though public speaking would adequately prepare me for my career in many ways, I might still lack knowledge of some of the nuances of selling.

This led me to consider Corporate Selling Principles as an elective. This class would directly tie in to what I want to do in my professional life. It will teach me various ways to pitch a product to a wide range of different groups for many different purposes. It will teach me to maintain a professional demeanor in a selling environment and allow me to more effectively communicate. The main project of this class is to produce a pitch based off of a group and product both picked by the instructor. This will be useful because it will force me to adapt to many situations. In the professional world, I will often be asked to work with individuals that I am not familiar with, on a project that deals with something I have not previously been exposed to. This class will adequately prepare me for such situations both by nature of the group work, and by principles of selling relayed to me by the professor. I could very clearly see the value in this class, but my decision would not be an easy one.

The first economic principle I used to help me make this decision was the principle of trade offs. All three options could be beneficial to my future, which meant that I would face a trade off no matter what my choice. According to this economic principle, all decisions involve trade offs. In this case, I decided to take Corporate Selling principles. By choosing this elective, I will be gaining skills in selling, communication, marketing, and confidence in presenting to groups. The trade off was worthwhile, because I will gain a more diverse group of skills by taking this class. By not taking public speaking, I may be slightly less prepared for addressing groups in the largest settings. Despite this, I will learn to communicate effectively, which made the trade off worthwhile. By not taking Marketing 334, I will lose the exposure to principles of etiquette, but I will still be exposed to principles of proper behavior in a business environment in the class I chose. Although the negative part of the trade off certainly exists, it was not enough to outweigh the positive.

The second economic principle I used was the principle of opportunity cost. Though this principle is similar to trade offs, it is different in the sense that it directly measures the skills I will not obtain as a result of my choice. It measures the “cost” of my decision. By choosing Corporate selling principles, I will have to give up the resume building advice that Marketing 334 would have provided along with table etiquette and interview skills. I will also have to give up the in depth exposure to speaking to large crowds that the Public Speaking elective would have provided. The gains that I will receive from taking Corporate Selling outweighed the losses incurred by not taking one of the other two options. Therefore, the opportunity cost is present, but not so overwhelming as to make my choice a poor one.

In conclusion, using these two economic principles to help me make my choice was a very effective method. It not only helped me compare the benefits, costs, and trade offs, but it helped me to come to the most logical conclusion and to relate economic principles to life decisions. Most people think economics only involves graphs, charts, and comparison of data, but in reality, day to day decisions can be made based on the basic economic principles of trade offs and opportunity cost.

 

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