Choose a faculty development, instructional, or organizational development issue that interests you and write a short paper that outlines the issue and provides the reader with a basic understanding of the topic.
In addition, formulate an opinion on one side or the other and make an argument that substantiates your stance. “A” Paper: The principal characteristic of the “A” paper is its rich content, “meaty,” “dense,” “packed.” The information delivered is such that one feels significantly taught by the author, sentence after sentence, paragraph after paragraph. The “A” paper is also marked by stylistic finesse: the title and opening paragraph are engaging; the transitions are artful; the phrasing is tight, fresh, and highly specific; the sentence structure is varied; the tone enhances the purposes of the paper.
Finally, the “A” paper, because of its careful organization and development, imparts a feeling of wholeness and unusual clarity. Not surprisingly, then, it leaves the reader feeling bright, thoroughly satisfied, and eager to reread the piece. An “A” paper clearly takes a stand and argues and defends that stand so as to completely persuade the reader, without leaving dangling questions and unexplored avenues of discussion. It is complete unto itself.