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Below is a sample breakdown of the Prewriting chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Purpose and audience||Establish your reasons for writing, (e.g., to persuade, inform, or as an act of good will); identify the specific group of people (audience) who would read your work, and then establish the needs of your audience; and, determine the best communication channel by describing the following channel options: written, electronic, oral, or visual|
|Tuesday||Research tips and strategies||Discuss why research is needed, compare primary and secondary research sources, review the different types of research, and explore techniques for judging the validity and credibility of each source|
|Wednesday||Additional research methods||Discuss the steps for finding research from different locations, identify protocols for conducting interviews or surveys, and examine the different methods for gathering primary research|
|Thursday||Using research in papers||Describe the differences between a direct quote, summarizing, and paraphrasing; identify when to use quotes, when to summarize, and when to paraphrase; discuss techniques for critically analyzing research and drawing sound conclusions; and, review the steps for making recommendations for future researchers|
|Friday||Steering clear of plagiarism||Define plagiarism, discuss techniques for avoiding deliberate or accidental plagiarism, and identify the proper way to cite sources|
1. Determining the Purpose of Your Message: Inform, Persuade & Good Will
Determining the purpose of your message is the first step in deciding what you want to say and how you want to say it. It is essential to choose whether to inform, persuade or offer goodwill via a message in the workplace.
2. Analyzing Your Audience and Adapting Your Message: Purpose, Process & Strategy
In order for a message to be effective, it has to be impactful, clear and relatable to an audience. Learn about some key steps to analyzing an audience in order to identity the correct way to deliver and write a message.
3. Choosing Your Channel of Communication: Oral, Written, Visual & Electronic
Sometimes how you deliver information is just as important as what information you deliver to an audience. It is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages to the four different types of communication channels: oral, written, visual and electronic.
4. Supporting Your Message With Primary and Secondary Research
An individual's ability to support messages with primary and secondary research for business communication is a much needed skill. There are some key differences between primary and secondary research and how the information can be acquired, utilized, and help create an effective message.
5. Tips for Locating Research Materials
The process of preparing a research paper for academic or employment purposes can be a difficult task. There are some basic tips for how to locate research materials such as online, books, periodicals, etc.
6. Assessing the Reliability and Validity of Sources
In the business world, any research material must have support that can provide validity and reliability. The support must be credible and have documentation to show that it is well-researched, professional, peer-reviewed and recent.
7. Finding & Evaluating Sources for Research
Not everything you read on the Internet is true. This video will help you navigate through different online sources and evaluate the validity of those sources to ensure that you can trust the information you use as part of your research.
8. Conducting Surveys and Interviews: Explanation & Purpose
Conducting surveys and interviews can help many companies solve business problems by the creation of helpful primary data. Qualitative data is meaningful as it allows more detailed opinions, observations and information that allow better insight into making the best decisions.
9. Research Methods: Observation, Focus Groups & More
Primary research methods allow you to go beyond the general information you can obtain through secondary sources. This video provides explanations of several primary research methods, including observations, inspections, experiments, surveys, and interest groups.
10. Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research
Quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing are three important skills to master for writing in the academic and business world. These skills will help support claims and add credibility to your work.
11. Analyzing, Applying, and Drawing Conclusions From Research to Make Recommendations
In this lesson, we'll explore how companies analyze, apply and draw conclusions from research to solve problems. Learn how effective recommendations can help a business survive and thrive.
12. How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources
Plagiarism is a very serious matter in both academia and professional writing. Plagiarism in an academic setting can lead to you failing a course or being removed from school completely. Plagiarism in professional writing can lead to being fired from a job or finding yourself in court being sued. Let's figure out how to avoid this issue!
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