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Week 2 and 3 The World of Doublespeak Discussions


What, according to William Lutz, are the essential characteristics of doublespeak? Would you qualify / adjust his definition, add characteristics or delete some that he includes?

Suggested length: 200 – 250 words

Respond to two of your classmates’ posts. Monitor your own posts.

Week 3 Discussion 2

In his essay “The Maker’s Eye,” Donald Murray implies that writing and revising are entwined in the same process, or as the editor states in the preface, “writing is rewriting.” Students reading this essay are tempted, as Murray states, to “see the [writing] task as hopeless” partly because it seems never-ending.

Murray does present valid and thoughtful comments about writing and revising that readers can take away from the essay. Select two “take-aways” — thoughts/ comments Murray makes that you can apply to writing in general or your own specific writing, or that make you think differently about writing. Explain/ justify/ apply your choices.

Suggested length: 200 – 250 words

Respond to two of your classmates’ posts. Monitor your own posts

Research Progress Assignment

Definition of the Assignment

This assignment requires students to submit a tentative References page for the Informative Research Paper (the final draft of this paper will be a Week Five assignment).

Students will:

  • Review the Informative Research Paper assignment — The assignment is posted in the Week Five folder, and also under START HERE/ Course Documents.
  • entative References page which includes five sources you may use for the paper.
  • At least two sources must be from library subscription academic databases (like Proquest or Ebscohost)
  • At least one source must be from a reliable, credible, Web site (not a wiki site, blog site, or similar) See the Purdue OWL and/ or your handbook for helps to judge site reliability.
    • NOTE: You are welcome to review different sources in the informative paper when you write and submit it for Week Five, but this will be a start if you choose to review the five sources that you list for this assignment.
    • See APA for page and entry format
    • List sources in alphabetical order per/ APA guidelines
    • Proofread/ edit

Since the entries will need to retain indentation and page format, submit the assignment as a Word document (.doc or .docx) or compatible file.

Note: The databases often include links to formatted entries for the sources you are looking at, and many Web sites are available which offer to format entries if you supply the information. Be aware that some of these sites are good – and some are not. Often the sites or services are based on outdated APA information or 3rd party sites which do not formulate correct entries. Use the help links and sites if you trust the source, but always check your entries yourself against your current handbook or the Purdue OWL online.

Week 3 Journal

The essay “The World of Doublespeak” reminds us of the effects of words and their connotations, and the importance of specific word choice in writing and speaking.

Write a journal entry in which you:

  • Reflect on a time when you or someone else deceived, or were deceived, by language, either intentionally or unintentionally.

– OR –

  • Describe an incident when deception could occur through written or spoken language. (perhaps in business? in politics? in social situations?)
  • How could you safeguard your writing and speaking from deceptive language?

Note: Journal entries have no required length, but be sure you have addressed the prompt, that you are specific, and that your entry says something worthwhile. Journal entries are informal writing, but as with all class writing, editing counts. Be sure to proofread your entry.

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