Embry ENGL221 All Discussions


Embry ENGL221 Module 1 Discussion Module 1 Discussions – A Little About Me


Post a message that introduces yourself to your classmates. Tell us a little about yourself and be sure to include two statements or facts about yourself:  one true statement that is surprising or unique and one outrageous lie.


Before the end of the week, return to the discussion and reply to at least one (or more) of the posts with a guess about which statement is a lie. When replying to messages to make your guesses, be sure to select posts that do not yet have a reply. All posts should have at least one guess before any posts receive more than one.


Before beginning the next module’s work, be sure to check back in and let everyone know which of your statements was the lie.



Embry ENGL221 Module 2 Discussion Module 2 Discussions – Audience Analysis

Think of a personal situation where you read a book or article; watched a film, television program, or stage play; or otherwise received information (maybe even a class or a lecture) where you simply did not connect with the material. There was likely an audience issue – either you were not part of the intended audience or the author of the material did not apply appropriate audience analysis strategies.

In your opinion, what was the cause of your lack of connection with the material? What could the author of the material have done differently to make it appeal to you?

Tell us about your personal example. Answer the questions about the cause of the disconnection and what could have been done differently.

Before the end of the week, return to the discussion and reply to two of your classmates’ posts with comments, feedback, and other suggestions. These must be substantive replies and not simply “I agree” or “That happened to me, too” responses. Your replies must contribute to the discussion.

Embry ENGL221 Module 3 Discussion Module 3 Discussions – Business Correspondence

Have you ever sent or received a piece of electronic correspondence where the tone was misunderstood? Because we can’t see facial expressions or hear a person’s tone of voice, an e-mail message that is meant in good humor can be easily misinterpreted. To help with this, some people use emoticons to convey tone. Emoticons are graphical depictions of emotions, such as a sideways smiley face: ; )

Describe a situation where you either sent or received an e-mail or text message where the tone was misunderstood. If you don’t have a personal example, share your feelings about emoticons. Some people feel that they are extremely useful while others find them juvenile and unprofessional. What do you think—and why?

Before the end of the week, return to the discussion and reply to two of your classmates’ posts with comments, feedback, and other suggestions. Remember that these must be substantive replies and not simply “I agree” or “That happened to me, too” responses. Your replies must contribute to the discussion.

Embry ENGL221 Module 4 Discussion Module 4 Discussions – Writing Instructions

Part 1

Using the guidelines described in the reading above, write your own instructions for a procedure of your choosing. Try to select something in which you are an expert and provide instructions for a non-expert audience. You may use something from your work (e.g., how to change the printer toner cartridge) or something around the house (e.g., how to mow the lawn, how to make an egg salad sandwich). You may choose a humorous subject (e.g., how to determine if Goldilocks has been in your home), as long as you apply all the proper principles of good instructions.
Follow the format laid out in Figure 20.7, Adequate Detail for Laypersons or another format suitable to the procedure you are outlining. Regardless of the format you choose for your instructions, you must use affirmative statements, mark transitions to and between steps in a clear and logical way and check your grammar and punctuation throughout. Use precise terms and provide details adequate for a non-expert.

Review the information provided in readings/examples and be sure that your rewritten instructions contain all of the recommended components, as appropriate. While graphics are not required, the proper use of graphics in your instructions will count for extra credit.

DO NOT write instructions for tasks where instructions are readily available, such as software procedures or published recipes. If there is already a Help feature or an existing instruction set or a manual, you may NOT choose that procedure. The instructions you will write for this assignment must be your own original work.

Write your instructions in an document (DOC or DOCX). By mid-week, attach your instructions in this discussion. You will be graded on clarity, adherence to the sections and guidelines in the reading, and grammar/style.

Part 2

By the end of the week, return to this discussion and read at least two (2) of your classmates’ instructions (you may review more than two). Provide a brief critique of each one. Were the instructions clear? Could you follow them and successfully complete the procedure? Provide one positive comment and one suggestion for improvement for each set of instructions. Your critique must be a reply to the original post that has an attachment of instructions.

All replies must be completed by the end of the week. When selecting which instructions to critique, be sure that all instructions have at least one peer review before choosing one that already has one or more reviews.

Embry ENGL221 Module 5 Discussion Module 5 Discussions – Step 1 of the Final Report


After reading about technical reports and reviewing the requirements for the final project, it’s definitely NOT too early to start working on it. List three publicly held companies to research for your own final project. Explain each of your choices in two to three sentences. Before the end of the week, be sure to return to the discussion and reply to at least two of your classmates with feedback and suggestions on their proposed companies.


Embry ENGL221 Module 8 Discussion Module 8 Discussions – Ethics


The caption on a picture can have important implications about how the writer wants the reader to interpret that image. The intentional omission of information in a report may be as damaging as an outright lie. Is an image that crops out an important part of the visual story really telling the truth? Each of these is a situation involving ethics in technical communication.


Conduct a web search and find an ethical situation that has implications for technical communication. Post a brief explanation of the situation along with a link to the web source. Why do you feel this example involves ethics in technical communication?


Before the end of the week, return to the discussion and respond to two of your classmates’ posts with substantive comments.



 Embry ENGL221 Module 9 Discussion Module 9 Discussions – Course Reflection


As the term winds down, it’s an appropriate time to reflect on the course as a whole. Take a moment to go to post your answers the following questions:


  • What did you like most about this course?
  • How might you use what you learned in this course in another academic or professional environment?
  • What did you like least about this course?
  • How would you change this course to make it better?
  • Feel free to comment on the feedback that other members of the class have shared.


If you have any feedback that you would like to share with your instructor that you would rather not be posted in a public discussion, please e-mail it with the subject line “ENGL 221 Private Feedback.”

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