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ENG 135 Week 4 Assignment: Elements of Longer Messages: Report Analysis


ENG 135 Week 4 Assignment: Elements of Longer Messages: Report Analysis

Assignment Content

Read Chapter 11 in our textbook (at Week 4 Learning Activities)

Select a formal business report from a Fortune 500 company, either online or in the University Library.

Write an analysis of the report that includes the following:

  • An identification of the report type: Is it informative? analytical? justification? proposal?
  • A general description of your selected report’s contents
  • A description of important steps for planning and writing formal business reports

Submit your assignment as an APA-formatted Word document using this easy template:

APA Basic Template.doc

Tips from the Professor:

The purpose of this assignment is to get students acquainted with business reports. In the business world, reports are basic tools used by those who run companies and/or invest in them. Business reports can be lengthy and complex documents, and one report can seem so different from the next.

The Fortune 500 is a list published annually of the 500 most profitable US corporations. All Fortune 500 companies publish annual business reports. Try googling your favorite companies + “annual report” to locate their most recent reports. Here are some examples:


Wal-Mart 2019 Annual Report


Target 2018 Annual Report


Starbucks 2019 Annual Report


You don’t have to read the whole report! Some are very lengthy. Just spend some time skimming the report to become familiar with its basic contents.


For the Week 4 assignment, begin by choosing any business report you find online for a Fortune 500 company. Then spend some time skimming through your selected report to view the various sections.


Then write three paragraphs in your own words (600-800 words):


1. In the first paragraph, introduce the report you selected and state what kind of report it is: informational, analytical, justification, or proposal. Then explain the basic report type and how it differs from other report types.


2. In the second paragraph, describe the general contents of the report you selected. What kinds of information does it contain? Give details (in your own words) of the company’s impressive facts and figures.


3. In the final paragraph, explain some of the important steps for planning and writing formal business reports from Chapter 11 in our textbook.


Please include a link to your selected report at the end of your paper. Good luck!

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