Communications homework help

| January 30, 2016

Choose one English reading—Naylor, Cofer, Thompson (Questlove) or Hughes—and explain several ways the author conveys the power of communication.
Or you can choose a communication focus, and argue how language shapes and/or reflects our perceptions of reality, OR convince your audience of the power of nonverbal communication. Your essay would then use examples from Naylor, Cofer, Thompson (Questlove) or Hughes to support your reasons.

Thesis/Claim: Your thesis should state the point you want to make about the power of communication in a text, or the power of communication in one particular way. Here are some examples:
In Gloria Naylor’s essay “A Question of Language,” she shows us how a single word both shapes a young girl’s perceptions of reality and reflects a young boy’s perceptions of reality.
Ahmir Questlove Thompson and Judith Ortiz Cofer show us that you don’t have to call someone a bad word to communicate prejudice—you can communicate it through body language.
In his poem “Theme for English B,” Langston Hughes’ use of the words “true” and “truth” demonstrates the power of language to reflect his perceptions of reality.

Purpose: The purpose of the paper is to persuade your audience that communication is powerful using academic sources.

Audience: Write your paper for an audience not in this class. A convention of college writing (whether persuasive or expository) is that it is written for people not in the class where the assignment is given. This means you must orient readers to your sources and define the ideas you use. .

Organization: This paper should have an introduction that ends with a clear thesis or claim expressed in one or two sentences, a body of four or more paragraphs that build on each other to support the thesis, and a conclusion.
English 099 students must write a 3-page paper using at least two class sources.
English 101 students must write 4 pages and use at least two class readings.

Evidence: Use ideas, details and quotations from the readings to support your thesis about the meaning of the text(s) and reasons why communication is so powerful.

Works Cited: Since this paper makes use of sources outside yourself, you must have a works cited page that lists your sources. Please use the Works Cited page available in the Week 7 module.

Format: type and double-space your paper in 11- or 12-point font on 8-1/2 by 11-inch paper with 1-inch margins. Put your name, the date and class in a top corner, single-spaced. Center your title. Indent paragraphs and do not put extra lines between them.
Prewriting Activities for Essay 2: Communication is Powerful

Directions: Under each Prewriting Step, choose one or two activities and complete them on separate paper. Bring your work to class on Monday. You can type or handwrite this. If you handwrite, please scan or take a picture of it and submit it in Canvas!

Know your assignment. (Choose one.)
Write a summary of the assignment in your own words.
Highlight and annotate the assignment sheet.

Generate Ideas (Choose two or more.)
Freewrite about which reading(s)–Naylor, Cofer, Thompson (Questlove) or Hughes—you are most interested in writing about, and what major messages they are conveying. Be sure to include your thoughts on the connection to the power of language.
Freewrite about which aspect of communication you find most compelling–language or nonverbal–say why.
Make a list of the best evidence and examples from our course readings that language shapes and reflects our perceptions from our course readings.
Make a list of CMST course concepts you could use, and paraphrase a definition for each.

Focus (Do the first one and then choose one of the others.)
Decide whether you want to focus on one text or on one aspect of communication. If you decide to focus on a text, write down the communication concepts you plan to write about. If you decide to focus on language or nonverbal, note which texts you will use for examples.
Do the 5-step thesis-writing process (available in the Writing Resources Module)
Construct a working thesis by putting together your focused topic, the CMST concepts you plan to use, and the English text(s) you’ll use. This sentence should explain the relationship among these things that your paper will explain.

Develop Evidence (Do both.)
For each communication concept you plan to use, write out a definition based on the CMST chapters.
Find one sentence to quote in each paragraph, from either CMST chapters or from Naylor, Cofer, Thompson (Questlove), or Hughes. Write a quote sandwich for each.

Organize (Do the first one and then choose one of the others.)
Think carefully about the order of your paragraphs. Put them in an order that leads readers to believe your thesis. Consider transition sentences at the beginnings of paragraphs that tell the relationship of the idea there to the previous paragraph or to the thesis.
Write an outline of your paper—include thesis, major supporting ideas, and sources.
Create a flow chart or diagram of your paper that shows your thesis, the order of your ideas and the evidence for each supporting idea.

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