This week, the reading covered the basics of writing in college and effective persuasive communication. You learned about how writers can use persuasive models like the rhetorical situation to motivate an audience to take action or change the way they think about something. Students also looked at how John, Eric, and Alice might apply persuasive communication in their future jobs as a restaurant owner, nurse, and crime scene investigator. After completing the unit reading and learning activities for Unit 1, respond to the following questions in at least two well-developed paragraphs:

  • Introduce yourself by telling the class about your experience using persuasive communication. What are you studying and how do you imagine you will use persuasive writing in your career?
  • Describe an example of effective persuasive communication that you have encountered and identify the different parts of the rhetorical situation. Who was the speaker or writer and who was the target audience? What was the purpose of the argument? What setting did the argument take place in and how might the communication have changed if it were in a different context? How does this example illustrate the qualities of effective persuasive communication from the reading this week?
  • Wrap up your post with at least one open-ended question for your classmates to consider as they help you dig deeper into the ideas you shared this week.

Refer to and credit the unit reading concepts to help validate your ideas and give you practice with using and crediting source information. When you refer to concepts from the unit’s reading, be sure to use a signal phrase like “According to . . . [name of reading].” If you are directly quoting the reading or another source, be sure to use quotation marks and cite the source using proper APA in-text citations and full references. See the Purdue Global Writing Center’s Using Sources for resources on APA citation formatting.

All discussion posts should be written in complete sentences using Standard English. Before posting, proofread for grammar, spelling, and word-choice issues. Be sure to respond fully to every aspect of the discussion. 

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