Written Communication and Choices

Written Communication and Choices

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 a complex, and ever evolving process. Texting is an efficient way to communicate a message to someone in written form, and most of us do this daily! Pull out your phone, and look at some of your recent text conversations. Were you able to understand the message being conveyed, despite a lack of standard English writing conventions?

 Watch the following TED Talk, TXTING is killing language. JK!

The speaker argues that texting and writing are notably different, and that texting is another “language” that borrows from standard English. He describes people as being bidialectal (comparing it to being bilingual) when it comes to writing and texting.

Write two examples of how you would inform someone about an upcoming meeting:

  • A text message to a friend (B informal, TXT as you truly would about MTG)
  • An email to an upper-management colleague (be formal, use complete sentences, proper grammar, punctuation, and capitalization…no more than a few sentences here.)

Answer this question completely: How does knowing you are bidialectal change your thinking about being a writer, and applying the standard conventions of English?

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Facebook Post

Facebook is a social media outlet that can be used to share information with hundreds, if not millions of people.

What social cause folks are buzzing about? Racial Equality? Clean Water? Global Warming? Living Wage? Education Policy? Religious Freedom? Child Slavery? Gun Control?

Imagine you write a Facebook post on an issue you are passionate about. Your post goes viral. Certain social cause celebrities and government officials want to do something impactful about the issue, and have heard about your articulate presentation. They want to present your well-written post, and other research to high-ranking officials that will truly make a difference.

Social media often demonstrates that people write how they talk. People often talk in short bursts that include incomplete thoughts, or they might share multiple thoughts all at once. These verbal habits often translate to fragmented sentence structure, and run-on sentences within writing.

Utilize your text, Pocket Keys for Writers Pages 175-180 to help you compose a Facebook post of at least 250 words, but no longer than 500 words. It must be on a social topic of your choice that utilizes correct sentence structure.

At least FOUR of your sentences must include a dependent, and an independent clause.  Bold these four sentences so they are identifiable. Evaluate all your sentences for correct sentence structure. Be careful not to have run-on sentences, fragmented sentences, or comma splices.

Use proper punctuation and capitalization as practiced last week!

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