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English 371: Course Calendar
How to read this calendar (and manage your work this semester)
- M = Monday, W = Wednesday
- OGWB = The Only Grant-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need
- WGSBS – Winning Grants Step by Step (web site = http://bit.ly/wgsbs)
Unless otherwise instructed…
At the start of class, be seated and ready to go, with your books, notebooks, and pen or pencil out and ready for use.
- Actively take notes in class every day, even if you think you don’t need to:
- Capture the main ideas being discussed
- Do not try to transcribe discussion, announcements, or lecture word-for-word
- As you write, process and interpret what’s going on
- Write down any questions you have as we go and wait for the “Are there any questions?” moments
- Complete all readings before the class meeting for which they’re listed.
- Complete and submit all writing assignments to Blackboard by 11:59pm of the night before the class meeting for which they’re listed.
- In addition to submitting your writing to Blackboard, print out a copy of each writing assignment and bring it to the class meeting for which it is listed. Figure out, in the first week of class, how and where you are going to print out your work for this course so that you will have it printed and ready to share in time for class.
- Organize all of your printed writing assignments in a physical portfolio of some kind and bring that portfolio to every class meeting.
- Organize all of the digital copies of your writing assignments according to whatever system makes sense to you. Additionally, maintain a backup of these digital copies.
- All writing assignments should
- Be written in complete sentences,
- Be single-spaced & block formatted, in 12-point Times New Roman text,
- Include your name & the date in the upper left-hand corner (unless writing a business letter, then follow business letter formatting guidelines).
- Be submitted to Blackboad by 11:59pm of the night before the date they’re listed on the calendar.
- Be printed out and brought to class on the date they’re listed on the calendar.
- Download sample student writing documents from this address: http://docs.upstateenglish.org/371/
M AUG 28
- Introduce course, syllabus policies, class practices; student intros.
- Questions for discussion, to get things started…
W AUG 30
- DUE: Consider which local organizations you might like to work with this semester and write up an annotated list of at least 5 possibilities. Submit to Blackboard + print out and bring to class for discussion.
- Read “Introduction: An Overview of the Grantseeking Process” in WGSBS.
- Carefully read the Foundation Center's “Proposal Writing Short Course,” take notes, and be prepared for a short quiz and for discussion: http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/tutorials/shortcourse/index.html
M SEP 4
W SEP 6
- Read the “Introduction,” Lesson 1 "Who Am I? (and What in the World Do I Want to Do?)," & Lesson 2 "Wait a Second--What Is a Grant . . . and Where Do I Get One?" in The Only Grant Writing Book You'll Ever Need (OGWB).
- Using a word processor, write paragraph-length answers to the 4 questions on page 38 of OGWB.
M SEP 11
W SEP 13
M SEP 18
- Point your web browser to the Winning Grants Step by Step (WGSBS) web site at http://bit.ly/wgsbs If that link doesn’t work in your browser, use Google.com to search for “Winning Grants Step by Step 4e Premium Content.” Click on the link that does not include “Sign-up” in the title.
- Download and print the "Sample Proposal: Common Grant Application for Autism Program"
- Evaluate the sample proposal using what you learned in the “Proposal Writing Short Course” last week.
- Write about 200- to 300-words explaining why you'd fund it or not and be prepared to discuss your rationale.
W SEP 20
- Continued discussion of sample grant proposals, TBA.
M SEP 25
- Read Step 2 "Developing Relationships with Funders" in WGSBS.
- Complete Worksheet 2.1 (available on WGSBS web site).
- Write a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) based on your answers. Format as a business letter. Bring to class for discussion.
W SEP 27
M OCT 2
- Read Appendix: Resource B: "How to Research Funders" WGSBS and review the section of Lesson 2 in OGWB on research.
- Explore the resources available via the "Where to find funding" handout.
- Find 5 potential funding sources for the project described in the "Sample Letter of Intent: To a New Prospect for Scholarships" (on WGSBS web site).
- Write an annotated, properly formatted list of potential funding sources. Bring to class and be prepared to explain why each potential funding source is a good fit.
W OCT 4
M OCT 9
- Read Step 3 "Writing a Compelling Problem Statement" in WGSBS and Lesson 7 "Identifying and Documenting the Need: What Problem Will a Grant Fix?" in OGWB
- Complete Worksheet 3.1 "Statement of Problem Questionnaire" from website of WGSBS. Bring to class and be prepared for discussion.
W OCT 11
- Read Lesson 5 "Intangibles: Things They Never Tell You (About Proposal Writing)" & Lesson 6 "Writing (Proposals) with Style: 12 Basic Rules" in OGWB (pages 79-94 & 119-136).
- Answer the Short Answer questions at the end of Lesson 6 in OGWB.
- Suggested: Read Funders Roundtable I in OGWB.
M OCT 16
- Review your notes from Lessons 5 & 6 and read Appendix 1 "50 Tips for Improving Your Chances of Winning a Grant" in OGWB
W OCT 18
M OCT 23
- Read Lesson 8 "Goals and Objectives: What Do You Hope to Achieve if You Get the Money?" in OGWB and Step 4 "Defining Clear Goals and Objectives" in WGSBS
- Complete Worksheet 4.1A "Goals and Objectives Exercise" from website of WGSBS. Bring to class and be prepared for discussion.
W OCT 25
- Read Lesson 9 "Developing and Presenting a Winning Program" in OGWB and Step 5 "Developing the Methods" in WGSBS
- Complete Worksheet 5.1 "Methods Exercise" from website of WGSBS. Bring to class and be prepared for discussion.
M OCT 30
- Read Lesson 11 "The Evaluation Plan: How Can You Be Sure if Your Program Worked?" in OGWB and Step 6 "Preparing the Evaluation Component" in WGSBS.
- Write a 200- to 300-word answer to the Short Answer question at the end of Lesson 11 in OGWB.
W NOV 1
- Draft Workshop: Project Description
M NOV 6
- Read Lesson 13 "Sustainability: How Will You Continue the Program When the Grant Funds Run Out? (and You'd Better Not Say, 'I Won't!')" in OGWB and Step 7 "Developing Sustainability Strategies" in WGSBS
- Complete Worksheet 7.1 "Future Funding Questionnaire" from website of WGSBS. Bring to class and be prepared for discussion.
- Write a 200- to 300-word answer to the Essay Question 1 at the end of Lesson 13 in OGWB.
W NOV 8
- Read Lesson 12 "The Budget: How Much Will It Cost . . . and Is the Cost Reasonable?" in OGWB and Step 8 "Developing the Program Budget" in WGSBS.
- Write a 200- to 300-word answer to the Short Answer questions at the end of Lesson 12 in OGWB.
- Complete Worksheet 8.1 "Revenue and Expense Budget" from website of WGSBS. Bring to class and be prepared for discussion.
M NOV 13
- Read Lesson 14 "Capacity: Proving That You Can Get the Job Done" in OGWB and Step 9 in WGSBS "Writing the Organization Background Component."
- Write a 200- to 300-word answer to the Essay Question at the end of Lesson 14 in OGWB.
- Complete Worksheet 9.1 "Organization Background Exercise" from website of WGSBS. Bring to class and be prepared for discussion.
W NOV 15
- Read Lesson 15 "Front and Back: The Cover Page or Cover Letter, the Abstract, the Table of Contents, and the Appendix" and Funders Roundtable II in OGWB and Step 10 "Writing the Proposal Summary" in WGSBS
- Write a 200- to 300-word answer to the Essay Question at the end of Lesson 15 in OGWB. Bring to class and be prepared for discussion.
M NOV 20
- Class discussion: Your agency's grant issues
W NOV 22
- THANKSGIVING BREAK: NO CLASSES
M NOV 27
- Read Lesson 16 "The Site Visit—Playing Host" in OGWB and Step 11 "Putting the Package Together" & Step 12 "Sustaining Relationships with Funders" in WGSBS.
- Download and print Worksheet 11.1 (“Final Project Checklist”) from the website of WGSBS. Use it as you work on your final project.
W NOV 29
- Writing Workshop - bring your draft to work on and to ask questions about.
- In addition to your draft, write a substantial paragraph that explains the following:
- the agency you're writing for,
- the contact person there (name, phone, & email),
- the organization's mission,
- what their grant needs are,
- the top two potential funders you've identified.
M DEC 4
- Writing Workshop - bring a complete rough draft of your proposal for Peer Editing
W DEC 6
- Writing Workshop - bring a complete rough draft of your proposal for Peer Editing
W DEC 13
- Final Exam, 3-6pm in our regular classroom
- Final Projects Due on Blackboard by no later than 11:59pm