To prepare for this discussion, first take some time to review the Editing document in the Course Materials folder. Apply the criteria in the document to the communication piece that you plan to submit for the Module 05 submission, Written Assignment - Communication Piece in this course and then post your answers to the following discussion prompts.
Before you submit your communication piece, let's get some feedback from your peers. For your first post, attach your communication piece. Title your post with the kind of piece it is (what class it was written for, what the goal of the assignment was, etc.). Then, explain what your piece is about and why you feel it represents your skills in communication.
You should locate for this activity an essay or paper that you wrote for one of your other courses that best represents your ability to communicate in writing. You could reflect on the essays and papers written for other courses and choose one that best fits the criteria of effective communication. You should be looking for things like strong organization, clarity of thought, a clear thesis, and proper grammar usage, for example.
Read through your peers' posts and sample communication pieces and provide meaningful feedback and encouragement to at least one other student. Add your own insights into how the editing process improved the quality of your own communication piece. Based on the feedback you receive, you may also decide to make additional edits to your work, or perhaps submit another communication piece in Module 05 for the Written Assignment - Communication Piece.
The most important place to start when reviewing a piece you are thinking about submitting as a demonstration of your Communication, Critical Thinking, Information Literacy, or Diversity Awareness general education skills is in your Seminar course. A Communication submission, for example, is assessed on the clarity of purpose, how well it meets the needs of an intended audience, the sample’s organizational pattern, a maintained focus throughout the piece, its transitions, and the writer’s voice. Please take a close look at the criteria listed for the piece you are submitting and consider how your piece could score best in those areas.
In addition, your piece should follow the following general writing guidelines:
An introduction has several purposes. First and foremost, it is meant to introduce the reader to the subject. That means you need to give a brief idea of what you will be covering – not explain in detail or bring research into the paper yet. After reading an introduction, the reader should be able to tell:
- What subject you are writing about
- What your opinion is on the subject
- What your main points will be
Body paragraphs are where you fully explain and support your thoughts. After each body paragraph, your reader should be able to:
- Easily identify a single subject on whichparagraph focused
- Point to any research you used to support your point
- Point out other examples you use to support your argument
- Have an idea of how this one idea connects to your thesis and the paragraph to follow
The purpose of a conclusion is two-fold. First, it is to reiterate your main points. The best writers, though, also drive home a final, concluding point. Think of this as similar to a speaker – good presentations end with a strong point, bad presentations trail off and often have an uncertain ending. At the end of your conclusion, your reader should be able to:
- Point out exactly what main points you discussed in your paper
- Point to a strong ending to your paper
Who is the audience of the piece? Write in a way that appeals to your reader.
Grammar/Punctuation. Is it clear what you are trying to say?
Structure. Does the order of your paragraphs make sense?
Transitions.Do you make an obvious connection between ideas when you go from one paragraph to the next?
Examples.Often, a good way to ensure you include your own voice is to include examples. It can also help illustrate your mastery of the subject. These should go in body paragraphs.
Explanations. After each quotation or source you incorporate into a body paragraph, make sure you comment on it or explain it. Point out how it relates to your topic.