communication

INSTRUCTIONS: Compose an MLA-formatted academic essay of approximately two to three pages (five paragraphs) on one of the following options:

OPTION #1: Choose two groups (e.g., parents and their teenage children; or more generally, the older generation and the current teenage generation; bosses and employees, etc.) as the focus of your essay. Write an essay in which you present three strategies for achieving effective communication between those two groups. Your thesis will directly answer this question: What are three strategies for achieving effective communication between the two groups you identified?

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Use plausible, hypothetical examples as your primary means of support. To practice integrating content, briefly use a relevant quotation from one of our “communication” readings somewhere relevant within your essay (could be your introduction or conclusion).

Audience: One side of the two groups you chose (e.g., parents OR teens; older generation OR younger generation, etc.)

Primary purpose: to persuade your audience of your thesis

 

Twist on option #1: For those who like to write with humor . . . compose the above essay but with a humorous tone. Your goal here is to entertain your readers with humor. You’ll create hypothetical examples, but because of the humorous purpose, those examples may be exaggerated rather than “plausible.” Primary purpose: to entertain

 

OPTION #2: In “The (Sometimes Unintentional) Subtext of Digital Conversations” by linguist Deborah Tannen, she discusses metamessages, i.e., implicit messages that are communicated by us or to us. These metamessages may be unintentional on the part of the communicator. Besides digitally, where else do metamessages exist? Answer that question in a thesis sentence. As with any essay, your thesis should be broad enough that it can be broken down into three sub-points (one per body paragraph).

Suggestion: Numerous approaches exist for this option. For example, you might focus on physical location (e.g., the workplace or school or at a restaurant, etc.), discussing the possible metamessages that often occur in that location. Brainstorm a bit on how you might approach this option. Let’s say that you work in a restaurant, and you want to write about the metamessages that exist in that setting. Your thesis might be something like this: The restaurant business is filled with metamessages. The student who wrote that thesis might write one body paragraph on metamessages between servers and other servers; another body paragraph about metamessages between servers and customers; and another body paragraph on the metamessages between servers and kitchen staff. That’s just one of many possible approaches to this option.

Use plausible, hypothetical examples as your primary means of support. To practice integrating content, briefly use a relevant quotation from one of our “communication” readings somewhere relevant within your essay (could be your introduction or conclusion).

Audience: A broad audience of people who may not know much about the location you’re discussing

Primary purpose: to persuade your audience of your thesis

Twist on option #1: For those who like to write with humor . . . compose the above essay but with a humorous tone. For example, you might write a paper on the metamessages between bosses and employees at work, or between parents and their teenage children, etc. You’ll create hypothetical examples, but because of the humorous purpose, those examples may be exaggerated rather than “plausible.” Primary purpose: to entertain

 

OPTION #3: Create a thought-provoking, non-obvious thesis about the topic of Communication. Your sprint writing should help you with ideas for this. Your thesis should express a non-obvious point about communication that needs to be explained/proven. It should be broad enough to be divided into three distinct sub-points (one per body paragraph).

Use plausible, hypothetical examples as your primary means of support. To practice integrating content, briefly use a relevant quotation from one of our “communication” readings somewhere relevant within your essay

Audience: college professors and students

Primary purpose: to persuade your audience of your thesis

 

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· Do not use first-person point of view or any personal examples; this is not a personal essay.

· Do not use “you” or any version of that word.

 

Sources: If you want to use real-life examples (not statistics, not any other type of content) for some (not all) of your support, you may use a news source (e.g., New York Times, NPR, Fox News web site, etc.), but of course, you must cite the source. In-text, just use signal phrasing or an end-of-sentence citation with the author’s last name. To create the Works Cited entries for your Works Cited page, refer to “MLA Citing” handout I distributed in class (also located in Blackboard: Course Information -àWriting Instruction­­­—->Information about Citing). To create a Works Cited entry for the reading you use (and any other source you use), find the reading online and use the information from the web site as you create your Works Cited entries.

 

READINGS:

· “The [Sometimes Unintentional] Subtext of Digital Conversations” by Deborah Tannen

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/04/the-sometimes-unintentional-subtext-of-digital-conversations/524106/

 

· “I Know What You Think of Me” by Tim Kreider

 

· “Hills Like White Elephants*” (fiction) by Ernest Hemingway

https://faculty.weber.edu/jyoung/English%202500/Readings%20for%20English%202500/Hills%20Like%20White%20Elephants.pdf

 

· “Misery” by Anton Chekhov (fiction)

https://americanliterature.com/author/anton-chekhov/short-story/misery

 

 

DRAFT:

Compose a partial draft, that includes just these parts only:

a) your thesis sentence

b) one body paragraph

c) the topic sentence for each additional body paragraph

d) your Works Cited page that includes the sources you plan to include in your essay (including entries for the assigned Communication reading you refer to in your essay)

 

 

 

FINAL DRAFT:

Summarize (one or two sentences) two significant writing challenges I identified in your partial draft of Essay #2. As before, identify issues that fall within the “Support, Unity, Coherence, and Tone” categories of the essay #2 Grading Rubric, and put your comments underneath the date (before the title) of your finished draft of essay #2. I will not accept it separately from the final draft of essay #2. This appears as “WC2” in your grade book, and the grading criteria explained on the unit 1 assignment sheet apply.

Revise and complete your final draft using my comments on your partial draft.

Read my comments on your first graded essay again, and edit essay #2 with those comments in mind. Per the syllabus, one of the writing issues essays are graded on is improvements I see from one essay to the next. For example, let’s say that I mentioned in your previous essay that some of your body paragraphs did not have topic sentences. If that same issue recurs in your subsequent essay, more points will be deducted for it in the subsequent essay. In short, I’m hoping that you use my recorded comments to improve your writing

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