Topic: Coronaviruses

Audience 1: Biology majors at UMD

Audience 2: A mother’s group in College Park

  1. Audience analysis: Construct an introduction that captures the audience’s attention, makes them receptive to your topic, places the term/concept in a context, and previews the main ideas/claims you present in the essay. Following the introduction, you should develop your definition with 3-4 main claims. Well-structured claims for this paper feature a declarative sentence, highlight only one idea, express the idea precisely, and target a specific audience. Support each claim with enough compelling evidence to satisfy the reader. Each sentence should reflect careful thought in both word choice and structure. These sentences, in turn, should coalesce into robust, coherent paragraphs governed by clear and relevant topic sentences. Identify both audiences and explain each audience’s prior orientation to the topic. How much prior knowledge does the reader have about the topic? Given the audience’s stance toward your topic, describe briefly your decisions regarding the selection and arrangement of your supporting material. How did the topoi covered in class guide the development of the topic for each audience?
  2. Workshop Evaluation: Briefly describe the revision process including changes you made to your final draft, peer advice, and material from Clark, Lanham and Hacker. How did you detect errors, weaknesses in word choice, argument structure or arrangement of evidence? How did you fix these problems? By now Clark’s Tools and Lanham’s revision method should guide your writing.
  3. The Paper: Provide a cogent definition for two separate audiences. Avoid cutting and pasting material from one audience definition to the other. THINK as you write.
  4. Annotated Bibliography: Following the advice offered in MLA, APA, Chicago or other accepted style manual, prepare a bibliography of the resources consulted for your paper (even if you did not include them in the final draft of the paper.) Each entry should include full publication information and a thoughtful annotation.

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