Overview: Basically, each group has to submit a HUGE portfolio of a plethora of writing for a particular campaign on a topic affecting the community, state, nation or world. The group has to decide which "side" of the campaign they are pushing for, and then the work begins. The hard part is, even if you don't agree with the group, if you're outvoted, you still have to go with the group and campaign for that side of an issue. Our group must be full of a bunch of passive-aggressive wimps (like me), because we chose one of the least controversial topics in comparison to "hot button" topics like health care reform, immigration reform, legalized marijuana, pro-life/pro-choice, etc. We started off with education and finally honed it down to class sizes. Our group decided that we are "campaigning" for smaller class sizes.
Assignment: Each member of the group must then submit 4 pieces of writing, in 4 different genres, all in sync with our campaign. So, each week we submit another one, do peer reviews and then NEXT week, I (the group leader) get to submit the entire campaign portfolio.
So far, for this campaign, I have written a Report, A Proposal, A Letter to the Editor, and finally, A Television Ad Campaign. My oldest son did the voice-overs for me. He has this cool software that can alter his voice to sound higher or lower. So instead of sounding like a 16 year old with a sweet tenor voice, he can sound like a much deeper-voiced man.
So, here's my pat-myself-on-my-own-back moment... enjoy!