a. Profile: Interview someone you do not know or do not know well. Find an “angle” that will make this person unique or interesting to readers and focus on this angle in your profile. (For an example, read “Victor,” by Solvejg Wastvedt in WW pp. 226-227; notice how the angle being explored is Victor’s use of things people might throw away.) Describe the person so the reader has a dominant impression of him or her. Work in quotes from your subject as necessary. Do not refer to yourself in the essay.
· Note: Do not turn in your interview. Your Profile should be written in essay form, not as a series of questions and answers.
b. How-to: Write an essay explaining how to do something specialized or out of the ordinary. Make your essay interesting and engaging, and write to a specific audience that needs to know or can benefit from learning how to perform this task. (For example, everyone needs to know how to change a tire, but an essay about changing a tire will be more effective if it targets college freshmen who commute to campus.) Include several of the Eight Teaching Tips (WW, pp. 240-242) and be sure to avoid COIK (pp. 239-240). Do not refer to yourself in the essay.