Team-building and Collaboration
Due Date: 06/29 before midnight Grace Period: 07/01 before midnight (10% reduction)
Whether it’s for school, work, or a dramatic family event teamwork is unavoidable. When done well, collaboration can inspire people to do great things and overcome insurmountable odds. However, teamwork comes with its own set of challenges, especially when you’re starting out with a new team. As such, the purpose of this assignment is to analyze what attitudes and approaches help get a new team off to a strong start (a new group of students in a writing class).
Also, this assignment will connect to our course goals by describing and enacting the collaborative and social aspects of writing processes.
Before You Write
Read: Norton Field Guide, Collaborating (Chapter 26) Read: Suicide Squad: Rebirth (2016) #1 Read: Suicide Squad (2016-) #1, #2, #3, #4 Read: Naruto, Vol. 1 and Naruto, Vol. 2
Make sure to read Chapter 26 closely. It offers guidelines on how to work in a new team as writers. When you read the comics noted above, think about the collaboration and teambuilding process. What can you learn about working on a team from these comics?
The Suicide Squad and Team Kakashi (Team 7) did some things right, and more than a few things wrong. Like any new team, it took some trial and error to find their rhythm. It took some time for members to learn how to work and succeed together. Even if the members couldn’t tolerate each other, they found a way to make things work and work towards a common goal. So, take special note of these occurrences.
As Bullock and Goggin argue, “[t]he fact is that two heads can be better than one – and learning to work well with a team is as important as anything else you’ll learn in college” (26). In other words, writers don’t just sit alone at their computers when they write. There is a collaborative nature to writing. In the coming days, you will be forming teams and complete group activities, meaning you will need to brush up on your understanding of teamwork.
Therefore, using the guidelines for collaboration presented in Chapter 26 of our textbook, analyze and critique the effectiveness of teamwork found in Suicide Squad OR Naruto. That’s right, you only need to analyze ONE of the comics. However, if you would like to compare and contrast the two teams, you are more than welcomed to do so. Regardless of your approach, make sure you reference specific ground rules noted in Chapter 26.
The chapter covers several guidelines for face-to-face, online, group, and conference collaboration. You don’t need to cover all the points, but you should pick out at least three (3) points from the chapter and apply those ideas to your analysis.
Short Essay Rubric
Note: If you don’t use the information presented in Chapter 26, you will only receive half credit.
Your paper should follow these guidelines:
Composed in a word processing software (Microsoft Word) Written in MLA Style: Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, paragraph tabs Used MLA Header and page numbers Reached 1-2 pages in length Used well-constructed and varied sentences with minimal grammar, mechanics, or spelling errors
You should not use any outside sources for this assignments. I want to read what YOU think, and I want to respond to YOUR position on teamwork. So, focus on presenting your thinking.
Note: Since I am your reader, you can assume I am familiar with the material. Please don’t summarize the comics. I know that trick already! The task is to present your analysis and critique.
I also recommend creating a free student account with Grammarly and checking your paper for grammar and structure. Really, do it!
All of the following are considered plagiarism:
Turning in someone else’s work as your own Copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit Failing to put a quotation in quotation marks Giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation Changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit Copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not
Total Points: 100.0
Criteria Ratings Pts
Organization Writing shows degree of attention to logic and reasoning of points. Unity leads the reader to the conclusion and stirs thought regarding the topic.
Level of Content Content indicates synthesis of ideas, in- depth analysis and demonstrates original thoughts in support for the topic.
Development Points are well developed with quality and quantity support. Reveals degree of critical thinking and analysis.
Grammar & Mechanics Free of distracting spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors.
Style Shows understanding of style going beyond informal writing, using rhetorical devices and developing tone appealing to the reader.
Format Meets the requirements and provides attention to details regarding MLA style; the essay is visually appealing and assembled with a professional look.