How do writers and speakers effectively communicate to their audiences? When is it appropriate to use formal and informal English? When writing or speaking, why are smooth transitions from one idea, event, or concept to another important? Learning to become an effective communicator includes knowing how to receive, evaluate, comprehend, and respond to verbal and nonverbal communication. Students learn effective communication in the context of fiction and nonfiction writing as well as in one-on-one and group discussions. Students strengthen their writing skills by varying syntax and sentence types, and through the correct use of colons, semicolons, and conjunctive adverbs. Students learn to keep their audience, task, and purpose in mind while maintaining a formal style and objective tone, and use style manuals and reference materials to appropriately cite sources and ensure that their writing meets the conventions of formal English.
Memory [Mastery Project]
WHAT DO YOUR MEMORIES SAY ABOUT WHO YOU ARE?
The C. G. Jung Society in St. Louis strives to “deepen understanding of the work of Carl Jung and analytical psychology.” To achieve this mission, the society is holding a writing contest. They are accepting submissions of short stories that recreate a memory or experience for the audience. Stories must be 800–1,000 words in length and allow readers to experience a specific memory from their lives.
This I Believe [Mastery Project]
WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE AND WHY?
The CBS Radio Network program This I Believe is created by “an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives.” This I Believe is always looking for new submissions that tell brief, personal, and positive stories from diverse perspectives. Contributors must first write an essay and then create an audio recording that could be featured in their podcast series.