Summer Reading Program 2013
Make the Impossible Possible by Mr. Bill Strickland
DIRECTIONS: Congratulations! You've just read a book that will impact your future personal and academic decisions. Read the follow ing questions carefully. Select three (3) of the five questions and write a comprehensive and concise response. Each response to a question should be 300 words. Please adhere to rules of mechanics and standard English grammar. You should submit your response electronically to: www."famu.edu/qep no later than Friday~ August 30, 2013!
- According to the author, " ... genius is not the same thing as IQ or talent. It's not something you're born with. It's not something you are. Genius is something you discover. We all have access to genius. It runs through our lives like a vein of gold. The people we call 'geniuses' have found a way to tap this vein and use the power of their own potential to do remarkable things" (p. 138). Critically discuss your definition of genius. Introduce an example of someone/something you consider a genius.
- In Chapter 3, the author describes his college experience and things he did to achieve success. Later in Chapter 6, he discusses how goals and strategic planning can be limiting. Critically discuss how these two concepts can be combined and applied to your own personal and academic achievement at FAMU.
- The author repeatedly develops programs based on his personal passions. Identify other successful products developed out of personal passion? Identify unsuccessful ones? Critically discuss the differences and/or similarities of the two products and producers?
- According to the author, you should "Trust your passion, identify your dreams, and find the courage to share them with others, no matter how many times they call you a fool." Do you have something you are passionate about right now? Identify your passion and the tools you believe you will need to make that passion a part of your reality.
- In Chapter 9, the author discusses how entrepreneurs view failures or obstacles. Critically discuss how you define failure and how your definition may have changed according to the author's views. Additionally, critically discuss how fai lure and success are two concepts that may impact your matriculation at FAMU .
Make the Impossible Possible has been selected for Common Reading at the following institutions:
Mt. Union College * North Dakota State University * Penn State-New Kensington * Purdue University * University of Southern Indiana * Voorhees College * Winthrop University University of Iowa * Florida A&M University
Writing Assignment Evaluation Criteria:
Your writing assignment will be evaluated and scored using the following criteria:
- Clarity and focus: Are the ideas presented logically and coherently? Does the detail clearly address the discussion question?
- Organization: Does the paragraph contain a topic sentence, supporting sentences, and closing sentence?
- Style and mechanics: Is the paragraph written using good grammar, spelling, and punctuation?
Guidelines for Submission
Please adhere to the following guidelines for submitting your writing assignment:
- Submit the writing assignment in MS Word or pdf format ONLY.
- Include a cover page with the following information:
- Title: “FAMU 2013 Freshman Summer Reading Writing Assignment.”
- Your name, submission date, FAMU ID#, phone number, and email address.
- The writing assignment should be typed and double-spaced.
- Use 12-point Times or Arial font.
- Each response to the questions should be 300 words in length.
Submit your written response (MS Word or pdf format only) on famu.blackboard.com by 11:59 p.m. on August 30, 2013.
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