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Charles Bazerman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara.   He wrote a textbook, The Informed Writer.  

This discussion thread draws from chapter 1 of the book. Please click here to access chapter 1.

On page 3, Bazerman mentions the relationships between writing and speaking and between writing and reading.  "Reading and writing go hand in hand," he notes.  

On page 4, Bazerman discusses the distinctions between writing and speaking.  He also describes how tone and audience are influenced differently in both writing and speaking.

On page 5, he mentions the art of “listening,” both for a speaker and for a writer.

On page 5, he describes a bicycle accident.  If you have a bicycle accident as he describes on this page, you may later write three email messages—one to your mother, one to your friend, and one to the insurance company. He describes these three audiences and how the letters to each will be different because the audiences are distinct and, therefore, the purposes are different.

Consider any piece of writing you have completed in the past six months—for school, for work, for a situation in your community, or some other context.  Who was the audience, and how did the audience affect how you approached this piece of writing?

Please write one paragraph of 5-6 sentences or so in your response.  Please draw upon analysis from chapter 1 from Bazerman. You may also draw upon chapter 6 of Writing for Success.  Refer specifically to the advice in one or both of these sources as you construct your paragraph.

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Saylor URL: 216 Chapter 6 Writing Paragraphs: Separating Ideas and Shaping Content 6.1 Purpose, Audience, Tone, and Content LEARNING OBJECTIVES 1. Identify the four common academic purposes. 2. Identify audience, tone, and content. 3. Apply purpose, audience, tone, and content to a specific assignment. Imagine reading one long block of text, with each idea blurring into the next. Even if you are reading a thrilling novel or an interesting news article, you will likely lose interest in what the author has to say very quickly. During the writing process, it is helpful to position yourself as a reader. Ask yourself whether you can focus easily on each point you make. One technique that effective writers use is to begin a fresh paragraph for each new idea they introduce. Paragraphs separate ideas into logical, manageable chunks. One paragraph focuses on only one main idea and presents coherent sentences to support that one point. Because all the sentences in one paragraph support the same point, a paragraph may stand on its own. To create longer assignments and to discuss more than one point, writers group together paragraphs. Three elements shape the content of each paragraph: 1. Purpose. The reason the writer composes the paragraph. 2. Tone. The attitude the writer conveys about the paragraph’s subject. 3. Audience. The individual or group whom the writer intends to address. Figure 6.1 Purpose, Audience, Tone, and Content Triangle Chapter 6 of :ULWLQJ IRU 6XFFHVV was adapted by The Saylor Foundation under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license without attribution as requested by the work’s original creator or licensee. © 2013, The Saylor Foundation.
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1 1 WRITING riting involves other people. You respond to and build on other people’s statements; you then write for other people to read. As a reader and a writer, you converse with others over the written page. To converse effectively you need to know what is on the other people’s minds, how you want to affect other people, and how you plan to achieve that effect. Thus writing well requires that you understand the writing situation, grasp the particular writing problem, and carefully plan your writing strategy. W
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