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Title: Murder Board Sequence
Authors: Weitekamp, Margaret
Keywords: genre
peer review
preparatory writing
rhetorical situation
Issue Date: 1999
Description: A winner of the John S. Knight Assignment Sequence Prize, this sequence originates from the Department of History's Hist 100, Gender, Race, Society, and Space: Space History, Science Fiction, and American Society. A "murder board," an aerospace contractor's convention, evaluates the merits of a bid submitted by a design or construction firm for an aerospace component. Adapting the "murder board" form, this sequence ensures that students evaluate evidence, construct arguments, and write collaboratively. The sequence exposes students to different forms of argument-driven writing, including directive memoranda; students engage in collaborative writing and give oral presentations. The role-playing introduces students to the fundamental basis of the discipline of history as it is practiced at a college level. 10 page pdf
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