Uninformed opinions are usually based on assumptions we’ve never really examined. Examples of popular assumptions that are largely unexamined include:
1. “Bottled water is safer and better for us than tap water.” 2. “Forest fires should always be prevented or suppressed immediately.” 3. “The fewer germs in their environment, the healthier the children.” 4. “The more soy we eat, the better.”
Identify and examine any one popular assumption for accuracy.
For example, you might tackle the bottle water assumption by visiting the FDA website <www.fda.gov> and the Sierra Club site <www.sierra.org> for starters. Also take a look at the Sierra Club’s twitter feed: <www.twitter.com/Sierra_Club>. Trace the sites and links to get the information and write up your findings in a memo.
The memo must be 2 pages double-spaced and be sure to attach a Works Cited page as well.
You own a small new-and-used book store and café with free wireless Internet access. You enjoy the calm, quiet atmosphere of your store and like that your customers choose your store to conduct business, socialize with friends, or just enjoy a good book and a cup of coffee.
Increasingly, many customers have been talking on their cell phones – very loudly and in places where they shouldn’t be. They hold up the order line by talking on the phone when they should be talking to the cashier. They disrupt others who are enjoying the quiet atmosphere to work or read. Sure, customers who are working on the computer may need to talk on the phone, but must these customers be so loud and disruptive that those across the room who are trying to read can hear their conversations?
Many customers have actually complained. You want to make these customers happy but not at the expense of making your cell phone users unhappy.
Write a cell phone use policy for your store. This policy will be displayed throughout the store. Attach to your solution a cover note explaining where and how the notice will be distributed.This cover note is only for the employees of your cafe.
The cover note must be no more than one-page and the cell phone policy must preferably be just a few sentences. Be creative with your words.
Remember: This project has 2 parts – the cover note is like a memo (remember the formatting of a memo) and the policy is like a banner/sign (be creative and colorful here – it needs to be catchy).