ENGL 227 All Discussions


ENGL 227 All Discussions
At which stage in the writing process should we analyze the audience…


ENGL 227 All Discussions

ENGL 227 All Discussions

Discussions Week 1-7 All Students Posts 321 Pages

Process-Oriented Writing and Formatting Business Messages Discussions Week 1 All Students Posts 49 Pages


Process-Oriented Writing – 26 Pages


What are some strategies we can use to analyze our audiences?  At which stage in the writing process should we analyze the audience?  What does it mean to use a “process-oriented approach” in writing? Why is this approach advantageous? Is it equally as important to write a professional email as it is say a memorandum or letter?  Explain.  What would a professional email look like?…

Formatting Business Messages – 23 Pages


When we shop online are there certain precautions we should take to protect our identity? Would this apply to simple correspondence via email or other electronic methods to others?  Consider successful business messages you’ve received, either as a professional or a customer. How did the formatting of those messages affect their level of success?…

Positive and Neutral Messages and Electronic Communication Discussions Week 2 All Students Posts 50 Pages


Positive and Neutral Messages – 25 Pages


 Is there a difference between being direct and using the direct approach that your text mentions? Most messages we write in the workplace fall into the category of positive or neutral communications. Examples include routine requests, informative or good news announcements, replies to inquiries, messages granting claims, letters of recommendation, and general goodwill messages. What are some strategies for writing these common types of messages successfully?…

Electronic Communication – 25 Pages


How many of you have read or written personal blogs? How do professional blogs differ from personal ones? Your office is moving to a new location. Your colleague, David Burke, is not a strong writer, and he knows that you have recently taken a professional writing seminar. He approached you this morning and asked, “Can you read this draft? I know it’s a mess, but I’m swamped with the upcoming move. I want to e-mail it to everyone tomorrow. Can you let me know exactly what’s wrong with it and maybe rewrite it for me?…

Negative Messages and Collaborative Writing Discussions Week 3 All Students Posts 49 Pages


Negative Messages – 25 Pages


Share with us a time that you might have had to write a negative message or when you have received a negative message. Sometimes, people writing in a professional context must create negative messages, such as a letter of termination, a press release regarding a company error, a denial of a claim, or a poor performance review. When you write such a negative message, what are your objectives? What are some strategies you can use to write the negative message effectively?…

Collaborative Writing – 24 Pages


 Share team successes and team failures that you have been involved in. What did you learn from either experience? Identify some pros and cons involved with writing in teams. What are some strategies teams can use to successfully write together?…

Diversity Issues in Professional Writing and Report Writing Discussions Week 4 All Students Posts 44 Pages


Diversity Issues in Professional Writing – 23 Pages


 Diversity is a buzz word that has been introduced since the early 1990’s.  Participating in this discussion will help us all understand the importance of taking the time to consider our audience when writing business correspondence.  Valuing diversity is commonly regarded as a virtue in today’s business world. Why is diversity an important value? What are some strategies we can use to reflect the value of diversity in our written work?…

Report Writing – 21 Pages


Have you been afforded the opportunity to write a progress report in the past?  Could you share the details of this report?  What all was included within the report?  How did the report provide guidance or help to make a difference?  What are some different types of reports you are likely to write in your career? What are some strategies for creating well-written, effective reports?…

Persuasive Messages and Visual Aids Discussions Week 5 All Students Posts 43 Pages


Persuasive Messages – 23 Pages


What company’s commercial  lure you in?  Which one’s really tug at your heart or make you want to take action?  Why?  As you know by this point in our studies, the best way to approach writing any type of business message is to use a three-step process that includes planning, writing, and revising. Explain which strategies in each of these three steps we can apply when writing persuasive messages in particular….

Visual Aids – 20 Pages


How do images impact the effectiveness of business documents?  Using common software such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, users can create a multitude of different types of graphs, including pie charts, line graphs, flow charts, and Gantt charts. Which factors weigh into the decision to choose a particular type of graph or chart? Once you choose a type, how can you ensure that it is clear, readable, and ethical?…

Planning Formal Reports and Formatting Formal Reports Discussions Week 6 All Students Posts 44 Pages


Planning Formal Reports – 23 Pages


What are some potential ethical pitfalls when conducting research for business writing?  One important part of planning a formal report is conducting research. What are some strategies business writers can use to conduct quality research? How else can we apply planning stage techniques and strategies to the planning of a formal report?…

Formatting Formal Reports – 21 Pages


Explain what we mean by “heading levels” and how they should appear both in the table of contents and in the reports themselves. How do heading levels communicate meaning to our readers?

Read the example report in Chapter 15 on pages 435-448, paying close attention to how the report is formatted and organized. (Note that this report shows both MLA and APA citations; in the reports you are writing, you will need to use APA citations.) How does the formatting and organization of a formal report differ from the formats we’ve practiced in other types of business writing?….

Adapting Reports for an Audience and Review of Professional Writing Standards Discussions Week 7 All Students Posts 45 Pages


Adapting Reports for an Audience – 23 Pages


Will you use the 2+2=4 approach or the yardstick approach? How so? If not, describe the organization you’ll be using, and explain your rationale for using it.  In Chapter 14, review the reports shown in Figures 14.2 to 14.3 on pages 410-412. Give specific examples of how each of these reports establishes a good relationship with the audience. Consider such components as taking the “you” attitude, emphasizing the positive, establishing credibility, being polite, using bias-free language, using visual aids, and projecting a good company image. How will you exhibit these qualities in your formal report assignment?…

Review of Professional Writing Standards – 22 Pages


Which concepts did you find most challenging this session? Class, once again, read through our 11 course TCOs. Which objectives do you think will be most important in your future career? Do you have any remaining questions about any of our objectives? Let’s take this opportunity to review any concepts about which you may still have questions, as well as discuss how you will apply them to your professional writing as you advance in your career….

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