After watching the video above, your first writing task today is to summarize the magazine article that you read for today’s class or some topic found in the article for three two different audiences: a child (~10 years old) and a peer (someone your age, in college). Write your summary in a memo format and include an APA bibliographic entry at its end. You should not use any quotes. All of the summaries should be in your own words.
TO: Professor Ellis FROM: Your Name DATE: 10/15/2019 SUBJECT: Summarizing for Different Audiences Write one sentence explaining what your memo is doing (see assignment above, but put in your own words). Begin the next paragraph with: "Summary for a child:" and write a 2-3 sentence summary of the article or a topic in the article. Avoid jargon. Explain what words mean. Try to connect what you are writing about to ideas and concepts that a child might already understand. Begin the next paragraph with: "Summary for a peer:" and write 2-3 sentence summary of the article or a topic in the article. Your language can be more advanced and employ jargon, but you might still need to define some terms or ideas. Connect what you are explaining to more advanced or relevant ideas that your audience might know. APA Bibliographic Entry for your magazine article goes here. Open a new tab and search for "Purdue OWL APA" and then click "Reference List: Articles in Periodicals" if you need help with formatting.
Copy-and-paste your memo into a comment made to this blog post.
Notes from class:
Tips for conveying information to different audiences:
- Breaking something complex into its constituent parts.
- Less jargon, more description.
- Analogies (using something familiar as a model)
- Metaphors and similes (this is like that)