Writing with Purpose - Chapter 10.pdf - Writing with Purpose This Writing with Purpose Writing the Commentary By Angela M Lopez Introduction This

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3/1/2019 Writing with Purpose 1/12 This Writing with Purpose By Angela M. Lopez Writing the Commentary Introduction This chapter focuses on the comprehension, analysis, and writing of commentary. For the purpose of this course, students are encouraged to write public commentaries such as those found in the New York Times ; specific examples relating to this category will be introduced and studied later in this chapter. Students will study the fundamental principles that comprise commentary and scrutinize trend topics that accompany this type of genre. Included in this section are example readings of various types of commentary. Students will explore these forms of expression and examine similarities and/or variations associated among them, particularly differences in language, forms of persuasion, and diversity in point-of-view. Students will acquire the knowledge necessary to realize the purpose of commentary and utilize the intellectual tools needed to write a distinct opinion regarding a significant trend . In order to achieve this result, sections of this chapter focus on practice writing assignments that attempt to convince the reader that the writer’s opinion is more effective than other opinions. This section also includes discussion on the characteristics that comprise and differentiate the trend from fad. Students must grasp the difference between a strong, relevant, and far-reaching trend as opposed to a superficial, short-lived obsession. This chapter closes with an in-depth, detailed outline on the organization and final draft of the commentary essay. The Definition of Commentary
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3/1/2019 Writing with Purpose 2/12 The term commentary is derived from the medieval Latin word commentarius, which translates to “a message, letter, daily entry in a written log, diary, a form of written communication, or tabulation” (Lewis & Short, 1879). In modern-day society, the word commentary has transformed in meaning to denote an expression or assertion of opinion, either verbal or written in form, which discusses a definite belief on a particular subject or occurrence—specifically, a current event or trend. These topics range in theme and include, but are not limited to, world news and politics, controversial social issues, business or technology, professional sporting events, celebrity news and gossip, art, cuisine, fashion, and/or foreseeable progressing trends. A commentary is similar to an intellectual discussion in that various viewpoints are considered, debated, and rebutted or confirmed. The purpose of the commentary is for the writer to persuade the reader that his or her standpoint is compelling and ultimately conclusive when compared to other opinions. These persuasive opinions are found almost anywhere, but specifically in academia, art, newspapers, especially in the form of editorials or opinion-editorial pieces, magazines, or through broadcast media, such as television or radio. With the onset of the 21st century, a new type of opinion piece was introduced and communicated in
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