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For readings from Bad Ideas About Writing, I have provided an audio option. Please note, however, that you will still need to make in-text citations in your summaries that will require either a page number or timestamp

  • From Bad Ideas About Writing, read the following chapter:

    Written Response:

    Important: Make sure to use in-text citations using APA conventions. You do not need to provide a reference list--only in-text citations are needed. Here is an easy to use resource for you . For those citing from the audio option, you will follow the same structure for in-text citations of a text, but you will replace page numbers with a timestamp, (e.g., instead of "p.76" you would cite as "4:32-4:51".
  1. Provide a 1-2 paragraph summary of "You Can Learn to Write in General". This should not be you editorializing. You should be summarizing the readings, not adding opinions.
  2. Consider/Reflect on what was presented in "You Can Learn to Write in General" and your process for responding to the three scenarios presented in Studio 2. ( ATTACHED )
  3. Return back to your first WRITING ( WHAT IS WRITING ) ( ATTACHED)
  4. respond to the following:
    1. Find areas in your first writing exchange that are no longer true for you. For example, you might have said something like "writing is about expressing emotions and your opinions". If you look back at the scenarios, expressing your emotions might not be appropriate in all cases. To do this:
      • Identify the original quotes from Writing Exchange 1 that you are now questioning,
      • Copy and paste over your identified quotes.
      • Make sure to put your original quoted writing in quotes, since you are quoting from your work.
      • Under each quote, articulate what you would replace or add to your first post now. How would you revise or further develop your original thoughts on writing?
  5. Develop an inquiry question about writing related to your experience with the reading, your process for responding to the scenarios, and the concept of writing as situated practice.

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[Student’s Last Name] 1 Student’s Full Name Prof. [Professor’s name] Course Name: Code August 25, 2022 What is writing? Writing is a form of communication for expressing an idea, thought, or emotion through textual words and/or sentences. Essentially, writing may involve an individual responding to a particular prescribed context, which makes it a social act whereby an individual communicates to other people by expressing their thoughts, ideas, or emotions in form of text. Hence, writing is a form of communicating to an audience about a specific context, which may involve informing, warning, or alerting an audience on a specific decision or idea. Additionally, writing may also be an isolated, or personal, act, which involves an individual expressing their emotions and thoughts in textual form. This approach is commonly used for personal reflection as well as planning. Therefore, it is evident that writing is a basic form of communication that allows individuals, parties and organizations to pass their intended message to another. It also means that writing is the form of communication used when giving feedback on the message passed by the sender In as much as writing seems as a straightforward form of communication, it is usually complicated and requires careful planning in order to effectively convey one’s ideas or thoughts. In this light, good writing encompasses a critical organization of words in a way that makes sense to the reader. This aspect of writing is known as a logical flow. In general, logical flow enables an individual to effectively express their thoughts and ideas in a way that the audience [Student’s Name] 2 easily understands the message conveyed even in the absence of the writer. Therefore, writing not only involves putting thoughts into textual form, but also organizing the words in a logical manner. Additionally, logical flow involves putting different ideas in their own paragraphs and expressing each idea in a manner that convinces the reader. It also involves using different stylistic devices to enable grabbing the attention of the reader. Hence, good writers are usually able to effectively communicate their ideas or thoughts to the audience by sufficiently organizing their words in logical manner. Fundamentally, good writers are attentive to detail, whereby they take mental notes on the structure, text, as well as flow of their writing. This enables them to ensure that they coherently and clearly convey their message to the audience. As well, a good writer uses a strong vocabulary, which enables them to adapt the audience to effectively adapt to the prescribed context. Furthermore, a good writer is normally a passionate reader, which enables them to develop their writing skills. Therefore, good writing skills are acquired by being a passionate reader, being able to put into practice what you have read and being to organize one’s writing in a logical manner Contextually, writers are influenced by sensory stimulation from their surroundings, including what they hear, see, or read. Resultantly, writers respond to the situation by writing their ideas or thoughts so that the reader understands an individual’s subjective perception or experience. Writing helps present one’s ideas from a subjective position, which enables a reader to understand the writer’s thinking processes in relation to a situation. In addition, writing reveals a writer’s ability to conscientiously and consciously generate and connect thoughts in a way that makes sense to the reader(s). This means that one’s writing is affected by the environment in [Student’s Name] 3 which one lives. This explains the reason why different authors choose different topic to write based on the environment in which they were brought up. Learning to write involves developing the skills for composing textual words that effectively communicate the thought being presented. An individual learns to write by being able to acquire as well as apply a strong vocabulary that they clearly and coherently convey their thoughts. In addition, learning to write involves gaining the ability to effectively structure textual words to present a logical flow of ideas, including grammatical structure, the use of sentences and paragraphs in written text. Moreover, learning to write involves acquiring and applying knowledge on punctuation and capitalization in order to help the reader understand the idea. Hence, writing is the ability to compose and logically structure thoughts and ideas with clarity and ease in form of textual words in order to respond to a prescribed context. Writing enables an individual to efficiently communicate to a larger audience compared to face to face communication. Similarly, writers are expected to effectively compose textual words, which are grouped into sentences as well as group the sentences into paragraphs wherein an idea is comprehensively communicated to the reader(s). In addition, the writer is expected to apply knowledge on grammar in order to ensure that the grouped words make sense to the reader. In this light, bad writing involves inability to apply knowledge on composing and transcribing text in communicating thoughts or ideas to an audience in a clear and coherent manner. This may take different forms, including lack of a logical flow, which makes it difficult for the reader to understand the message being conveyed by the writer. Moreover, bad writing comprise of grammatical errors, the use of long sentences, and punctuation errors, which complicate a reader’s ability to clearly understand the message. Hence, one ay improve their [Student’s Name] 4 writing skills by developing a reading habit, which exposes an individual to various writing styles that unconsciously develop writing skills. As well, reading enables an individual to develop their vocabulary as well as enable one to identify innovative ways to write. In general, my personal relationship to writing is a continually evolving aspect for my academic progress as well as career development. Specifically, my strongest memories with writing include my middle school experience, where I was required to write an essay on my pet. Even though my writing was considered fair, the experience was rather engaging and reflective, which established my passion for writing. Up to date, I normally read several story books with the aim of sharpening my writing skills. Constant reading has also enabled me to distance myself from bad writing practices like grammatical errors, the use of long sentences, incorrect vocabularies and punctuation errors. END NOTE: While writing the comments, I did not pause to revise my work and instead wrote freely. As I began writing, I allowed myself to relax and ignored all grammatical standards so that I could write freely and without restriction. In addition, I wrote the commentary as if writing to myself, and this enabled me to switch off my inner critic and be more authentic in my commentary. The process of feedback enables me to evaluate my writing and call myself to action. In addition, they influence my writing process by providing me with several references for comprehending the complexity and subtleties of what it means to be a good writer. Failure effects my writing habits and process in that it informs my writing process and motivates me to improve. WRITING SCENARIOS 1 Student’s Name Institution’s Affiliations Due Date WRITING SCENARIOS 2 Scenario One Writing prompt 1: To the chief architect, Best regards to you. I am writing this first to apologize for the inconvenience which occurred during our previous construction agreement due to overlaps in budgeting and omitting of critical factors which were needed in the construction. Secondly, I bringing to your attention that, the advice which I gained from your personnel covering the additional cost and extra functionalities such as extra plumbing and extra electrical construction are realistic and legitimate. Thereby, I have considered anticipating my construction cost and coming up with a reliable construction plan and budget which will keep the construction progressive in the meantime. The costs and expenses are also audited and recaptured to avoid future fluctuations. Therefore, I am kindly requesting rescheduling, as far as my previous construction interest is concerned. I am looking forward to hearing from you! Best Regards! Writing prompt 2: Hey there, remember me! I hope you are doing fine, it is the construction client who had requested a readjustment in the construction budget due to uprising changes in electric, plumbing, and HVAC costs. I have readjusted my budgets and costs through a strategic construction plan which has enabled me to cover all requirements and costs in the long ran. Therefore, I am just keeping you in the know regarding my new construction rescheduling soonest possible. I don’t want to start re- WRITING SCENARIOS 3 establishing a new contract with another construction firm since I have already restricted my construction plan under your price tags and guidance. Since everything is under my precedence and planning, the soonest we begin the construction will be advantageous from both ends. I will be glad to hear back from you! Thank you! Scenario Two Writing prompt 3: Grocery List Frozen Drinks Vegetables ✓ Pizzas ✓ Sodas ✓ Carrots ✓ ✓ Water ✓ Onions ✓ ✓ Croutons ✓ Tomatoes ✓ Lettuce ✓ cucumber ✓ Meat Snacks Diary ✓ Chicken wings ✓ Chips ✓ cheese ✓ ✓ Dip ✓ tofu ✓ Celery ✓ ranch dressing ✓ blue cheese dressing WRITING SCENARIOS 4 Scenario Three Writing prompt 4: Hello class! I feel much offensive for projecting such a message during our zoom classes and I’m sorry for that. The reason for sending this kind of massage during class time was influenced by the insufficiency of time and the traffics of conversations I found in my zoom, which would emerge offensive and awkward if I did not respond in time. Unfortunately, instead of solving the problem, I just worsened it. I am truly sorry, but if anyone wishes to have some coffee with me, just send me a private message, and I’ll be more than willing. Again thanks for your understanding. Regards! Writing prompt 5: Dear instructor, I feel like I owe you more than an explanation for the misconduct I just displayed in the formal learning platform. The unintended messages which I just sent to the zoom class meeting were not made for that particular audience nor the time. Additionally, I feel frustrated for engaging in other non-productive activities which resulted in distraction. This was not intentional or made to be interpreted as a joke. I am very sorry and promise this will not happen again. Again I WRITING SCENARIOS 5 apologize for triggering new thoughts which might be prone to misinterpretation by the audience. If there is any additional way I could display my gratitude towards this scenario, kindly let me know! Thank you for your understanding and consideration! → Name: Studio 2: What you are doing: There are three scenarios presented below. The first scenario has two writing prompts, the second has one writing prompt, and the third has two writing prompts. This means that you have five writing prompts in total. How to Submit your Responses: Once you have responded to all prompts: 1) Make sure to change your Share settings to share with UNC Charlotte and 2) return back to the Studio 2 assignment prompt in Canvas to upload your work as a GoogleDoc link. Scenario One, with two writing prompts: You have purchased an old antique shop in your neighborhood and you are converting it into a Market. You originally had an opening date scheduled for October and it is now January. You are quickly running out of savings and need to get your business opened as soon as possible. Your family is depending on you. The architectural firm you commissioned is in high demand and your business is one of their smallest projects, so you are of the least concern to them. After months of design plans, you and the architect have settled on a rebuild plan and have moved to meeting with contractors. Your budget for the buildout is $200,000 and you have even done all the demo on the property to save on the cost of construction. With the plans, you and your contractor meet at the property to talk about the plans with the electrician, plumbing, and HVac. After this meeting you get a quote from the general contractor and become nauseous at the number you see: $427,000!!! When you talk with the general contractor and review the itemized list, you see that electric is quoted at $75,000 and you had only anticipated $25,000. You also see that plumbing is $52,000 and HVac is $128,000, both of which are also much higher than was suggested to you earlier. The general contractor explains that architects operate in the “ideal” and had not considered the requirements for a rebuild such as yours. The design plans would require additional plumbing and electrical that were not considered in the plans. In order to save money, you have to go back to the design stage, but the architectural firm is less responsive now that you have moved to working with the general contractor, thinking that the design plans were in place. Your general contractor is easy going and laid back, but they are also in high demand and likely to take another job if you delay too long. You know that you need to get your architect’s attention, but you also know that you do not want them to be angered in the process–you want them to want to help you so that you can get the cost down as low as possible and get your business open as fast as you can. Writing Prompt 1: Knowing that you are sending something to an office, you decide to compose an email to your architectural firm. Write an email that will effectively get them to help you asap! Writing Prompt 2: Knowing that your general contractor is always on the move, jumping from job to job and likely to take another job at any minute, you decide to send a text. You could tell from their tone when you met that they took issue with “office types”. Compose a text message that will insure that the contractor doen’t move you to a waiting list. Scenario Two, with one writing prompt: You and your roommate, Sam, are hosting the 4:00 football game at your apartment this Sunday and the two of you have agreed to provide the food, both the snacks and the halftime dinner. You have some fiends that eat fires, onion rings, and wings by the dozen but you also have a couple of friends who are on a New Year Resolution diet. You come up with a menu, and since your car is in the shop (for the umptenth time) Sam has agreed to go to the grocery store. On the list are snacks (chips, dip, celery, carrots), some frozen pizzas, chicken wings (not frozen), ranch and blue cheese dressing, salad stuff (lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, cheese, croutons, onion), tofu, sodas, and water. Sam hates grocery shopping and cooking, so you are responsible for writing the grocery list. But, again, Sam hates shopping and has no clue when it comes to food. You usually do all the shopping since you once sent Sam to get groceries and it was a disaster. Instead of lettuce, Sam came back with cabbage. Instead of a cucumber, Sam came back with a zucchini. And even with the mixups, worst of all Sam missed five things on the grocery list because “I was running all around and got lost and kept having to go back and forth so I said *!@* it and got out of there.” Writing Prompt 3: Create a grocery list for Sam that will insure that you get exactly what you need (and remember Sam will be looking at the list quickly). Get creative with your options (the type of chips, the toppings for pizzas, etc.). Scenario Three, with two writing prompts: It was the old setup. Before the start of the semester you went out with your best friend, Elliot, and it just so happened that a friend of theirs, Blake, tagged along. You knew it was a setup since the concert you were going to had been sold out for months, and Elliot had bragged ever since that you were lucky because they had probably gotten the last two tickets. The concert was great and you had a good time, but you just didn’t “feel it” with Blake. A couple days later Blake sends you a text. You had forgotten that you gave your number out and were surprised to hear that they wanted to go out again. You wanted to think about it more before responding back but never got around to it because you were getting ready to move into your dorm and start classed, trying to find a part-time job, and getting in some time with friends before you moved. In all the craziness, you simply forgot to text Blake back. The semester starts and you log on to your first Zoom class to find Blake’s face and name on the screen in front of you. You immediately send Blake a text before the class starts, but there is no response. You probably could have waited until after class to send another text or to see if Blake responded later, but you felt so embarrassed and wanted to make things less awkward and sent a private message through Zoom. You explain the situation and Blake understands, saying that they had actually forgotten, too, because their life got crazy also getting ready for the semester. Your instructor is reviewing the syllabus just as you and Blake are planning a time to meet up. Your instructor starts to tell the class how to get in touch if you ever have any questions or concerns just need an ear, and ends by saying “and just reach out if you ever want to meet; we will figure out a time that works.” Just as your instructor finishes their sentence, you hit send on a message that reads: “Yeah, let’s get together. Coffee? What’s your day look like?” But your message doesn’t go to Blake. It goes to the whole class. So now your class and the instructor are thinking that you want to meet and have coffee with the instructor and Blake is laughing so hard that they had to turn off their webcam. You want to send an “Oops!” message of some kind to the class, but you don’t want the instructor thinking that you were not paying attention. But you also don’t want the class thinking that you had actually sent that message in response to the instructor. You decide that you will send a message to the class on Zoom and reach out to the instructor later. Writing Prompt 4: Write a Zoom message to the class. Writing Prompt 5: Compose an email to your instructor.
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Writing Exchange 3: Writing as Situated Practice

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You can learn to write in General
In her essay, “You can learn to write in General,” Elizabeth Wardle points out that a
common myth held by most individuals is that one can learn how to write in general.
Nevertheless, the author refutes this claim where she asserts that writing in general is an absurd
concept, which is essentially not possible (Wardle, 2017, p30). Moreover, she asserts that various
studies on writing show that aspects such as situation, purpose, and audience norma...

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