Keeping Information Straight

Subject and Verb: Keeping Information Straight

Each week, you will be asked to respond to the prompt or prompts in the discussion forum. Your initial post should be 75-150 words in length, and is due on Sunday. By Tuesday, you should respond to two additional posts from your peers. 

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Written communication is very different from verbal communication. When having a verbal conversation, a listener can ask clarification questions of the speaker when information is unclear.

In writing the communication is one-sided. The writer presents information, and the reader receives it, usually without immediate opportunity to ask for clarification.

For the Week 5 discussion, we are going to practice conveying information. Explore the Storycorps link provided below. Most clips are less than 4 minutes. Watch a few of them, and select one story that interests you.

For your initial post of 75-150 words, write a detailed paragraph sharing the story. Explain who they are, what their story or experience was about, and why it held significance for you. Include details! Don’t forget to include the link to your specific story chosen.  

6.used.

  • I think my experience as a writer has been interesting. (1st person point of view; I, my)
  • Each time you write your confidence improves. (2nd person point of view; you, you)
  • English 100 students should be proud of themselves in Week 6 of their course! (3rd person point of view; themselves, their)

Review page the graph on page 203 in the Pocket Keys for Writers text to help with your initial post. For your week 6 discussion, please watch the TED Talk in the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2tOp7OxyQ8 We need to talk about an injustice, Bryan Stevenson

First, respond to the talk in three ways using the proper pronouns, with a few sentences for each point-of-view:

  • First Person (Reflect personally on Bryan’s thoughts)
  • Second Person (Write a reply as though someone has inquired how they can make a difference on any of Bryan’s topics)
  • Third Person (Write as a newspaper reporter about Bryan’s talk)

Second, explain what point of view is most challenging or easiest for you to write. Which do you prefer to read?

View your discussion rubric. 

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7.Adjectives and Adverbs: It’s in the details

Each week, you will be asked to respond to the prompt or prompts in the discussion forum. Your initial post should be 75-150 words in length, and is due on Sunday. By Tuesday, you should respond to two additional posts from your peers. 

Writing in a concise manner is best generally speaking, however the used of adjectives and adverbs help connect a reader! Think about the use of descriptive words that appeal to your five senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.

Jackson bought a book. vs. Jackson thoughtfully purchased a tattered book at the used bookstore.

Prison reform is needed. vs. The unfortunate reality is that America’s outdated prisons have systematically failed to yield positive results, so a reform is needed.

Adjectives, and adverbs better convey what is meant. Watch the TED talk link below:

Think of a personal experience you have had regarding your own culture, or encountering a culture unfamiliar to you. Write about this experience in your initial post giving detailed descriptions, so that a reader can connect with your writing. It can be as simple as a conversation you once had with someone of a different cultural background, or an experience had while traveling.

Your initial post should be no less than 75-150 words total

8.Reflection

Each week, you will be asked to respond to the prompt or prompts in the discussion forum. Your initial post should be 75-150 words in length, and is due on Sunday. By Tuesday, you should respond to two additional posts from your peers. 

“The point of writing is to have something to say, and to make a difference in saying it.” Grant Wiggins

Most students will not graduate to then write academic papers for a living. The writing that is required of many individuals in their careers and personal lives is usually more precise. Even so, being able to communicate effectively in writing using standard conventions demonstrates a level of competency, no matter what career is chosen. Bad grammar, though usually forgiven, can unfortunately be a distraction from a writer’s competency. Read the following two articles provided in the links below:

https://www.npr.org/2012/08/02/157616528/r-grammar-gaffes-ruining-the-language-maybe-not
https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702303410404577466662919275448

Reflect on these two articles, and our last seven weeks of study in EN100.

How has our study of grammar, and standard English conventions broadened your understanding? Why is effective written communication such a vital skill beyond the classroom? What does your writing ability potentially reveal about your other abilities to others (peers, employers, etc.)?

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