CS113 Reading Unit 5 - Reading Unit 5 [CS113 | Academic...

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Unit 5 [CS113 | Academic Strategies for the Business Professional ] 1 Reading Effective Writing Although writing mechanics--spelling, word choice, sentence structure, subject–verb agreement, and the like--are certainly important to conveying your messages well, there is more to writing than just using correct English. Everything that is written is done so with a purpose. We write a grocery list so we do not forget to buy what we need when we go to the store. Memos are written to tell us about something important at work. A diary is written to help the writer keep a record of his or her thoughts and actions. Purposes Here is a list of some purposes we might have for writing: Inform Explore Explain Entertain Describe a process Argue Persuade Evaluate Analyze Compare Problem Solve Express feelings Share an opinion Determine the Purpose When you are given a writing assignment for school, you should first determine the purpose of the writing (other than to get a passing grade, another logical purpose). Some papers will be designed for simple research, which may include informing, explaining, describing a process, etc. Position papers require that you persuade, argue, and analyze an issue. There can be more than one purpose for a paper. The more focused your purpose, however, the better you can directly communicate your intention to your audience.
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Unit 5 [CS113 | Academic Strategies for the Business Professional ] 2 Audience Your writing audience is the person or persons who will read what you write. It could be a specific person, a general group, or people who fit a certain demographic (such as Macintosh users, online students, or people of a certain age bracket). For coursework, your audience might be your instructor! There are three major categories of professional audiences: The Lay Audience has no prior knowledge or experience with your topic. They tend to understand the "human aspect" more than technical details. The Managerial Audience tends to have some knowledge about your topic but may not understand or care about too many details. They would like to know how the information fits into the world around them. The Expert Audience already supposedly knows the basics, so you can use more specific terminology in your explanations. When in doubt which kind of audience you must target for an assignment, you should ask your instructor. Form
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This note was uploaded on 09/23/2010 for the course BUSINESS CS113 taught by Professor Howeller during the Spring '10 term at Kaplan University.

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CS113 Reading Unit 5 - Reading Unit 5 [CS113 | Academic...

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