English 112 (Fall, 2022) – Report
Identification of the Problem, Causes, and Works Cited Page
Choose a specific problem at your job, school, or some other organization that you are a member of (place of worship, study group, book club, sports team, etc.). Your topic for this proposal should have already been approved via email.
“Pretend” that you have been assigned the task of researching and proposing solutions to the problem. Your audience should be the others who, along with you, are experiencing the problem. You must compose a written document and present your findings to that audience.
First Steps in the Report Assignment Process
Remember that you may watch the beginning of the video available in the assignment module to see an example of what the report should look like. You will not be required to complete a project as “big” as the one described in the video. You will not have any visuals, graphs, etc. You will follow the assignment guidelines that you are given.
Your entire report will have the following parts, but for the current assignment, you will only be working on the highlighted sections:
• Cover Page
• Table of Contents
• Executive Summary
• Identification of the Problem
• Body (Causes and Effects)
• End Matter (Works Cited)
IMPORTANT! Type the contents of the cover page and then select “page break” (found in Googledocs and in Word under “Insert.”) Type the title “Table of Contents” on the new page and then insert a page break. Type the “Identification of the Problem” section and then insert a page break. Type the “Causes” section and then insert a page break. Finally, type the works cited page with the two entries for the sources that you used in the causes section. Points will be subtracted for any document that does not have page breaks inserted. This means that creating new pages using the enter key will lose you points.
Important Document Formatting Guidelines
Since this is a document that is prevalent in real world business situations, it will NOT be formatted like an academic essay. Instead, it will conform to the expectations of the professional environment:
• Headings like “Identification of the Problem” and “Causes” should be typed in 14 pt. bold font, and you may use Times New Roman or another font that looks professional.
• Text in the “Identification of the Problem” and “Causes” sections should be typed in 12 pt. Times New Roman font.
• Paragraphs should be single-spaced within and double-spaced between.
• Text – except for headings – should be aligned on the left margin (left justified). The document should not be fully justified (aligned on both margins).
• Do NOT indent the first line of a paragraph.
• Correct formatting is worth 10 points.
Important Proofreading Guidelines
• Make sure that as you are typing you stop regularly to read your work out loud to catch errors in spelling, missing words, punctuation, etc. Errors such as these may cost you points. Before submitting the document to Moodle, read it again, slowly, to ensure that there are no careless errors. Be sure to save the document as a Microsoft Word file before submitting to Moodle. (Each instance of misspelling, missing punctuation, or sentence structure problems may subtract 2 points from your total up to 10 points total.)
Cover Page (5 points)
This page must include the following information centered on the page: Title, Your Name, Date. You do not need to include any other information or illustration, but you may do so if you wish.
Identification of Problem (20 points)
Write about the general problem only. (Do not discuss causes, effects, or solutions.) Prove that the problem exists where you work, go to school, etc. You are writing to an audience comprised of people where you work, go to school, etc., so you must name the place.
• This is not a report that is general in tone. It is ONLY being created for the people that you work with, go to school with, etc., so include specific examples that they will be aware of because like you, they were there when they happened.
• Provide at least two examples that you have seen or have knowledge of from where you work, go to school, etc., that demonstrate how the problem manifests (or expresses) itself.
• Do not use first-person wording, specifically “I.” You may, however, use “we” and “our” because you are writing about a problem that many people are experiencing where you work, go to school etc. Use a professional tone.
• This section must be at least twelve sentences.
Causes (15 Points)
• Each cause paragraph must be a minimum of five sentences in your words/voice.
• Each paragraph must begin with a clear topic sentence that identifies the cause that is explained/described in that paragraph.
• Each cause MUST include a specific example that has happened or is happening at your specific location.
• A minimum of two citations from article-length sources are required in the effects section. The sentences that include information from sources are not part of the required five sentences in your voice; they will add to the number of sentences in their corresponding paragraphs. Important! These must be “new” sources; not sources used in any other portion of the report.
• Source information may be paraphrased or directly quoted, but in all instances must include signal phrases with correct documentation (Read Chapter 51 in our textbook or read the information that begins on page 535) instead of parenthetical documentation. (The only parenthetical documentation that is acceptable is to indicate page number/s.)
Works Cited Page (10 points)
The report must include a separate works cited page listing all sources cited in this version of the report. The entries must follow correct 9th edition MLA standards and exhibit correct formatting including hanging indent format. There should be a minimum of five, article-length, credible sources listed on the page.
English 112 (Fall, 2022) – Report