Wednesday, July 14, 2010

More Links for Writing for an Audience

  • S.O.A.P.S: FOR-PD Reading Strategy of the Month - November 2008
    The SOAPS strategy can be used to teach students how to read and understand narrative and expository texts. Each text structure has unique characteristics and students can benefit from instruction on how "to read" and understand text. This becomes particularly important with implicit text and messages as many students have underdeveloped inferential skills. The SOAPS comprehension strategy includes the following: SOAPS- Speaker; Occasion; Audience; Purpose; and, Subject.
  • "The Structure of Advanced Composition" (article)
    Students must learn to distinguish between three separate operations: analyzing the audience, determining the effect they want to achieve with that audience, and taking the steps necessary to achieve that effect.
  • Audience Analysis.pdf (application/pdf Object)
    R.E.A.D. Your Audience
    Relationship: What is your relationship to them? What is their relationship to each other? What is their relationship with the topic?
    Event: How many people will you be addressing? Where will you be speaking? What part are you playing?
    Attitudes: What are the attitudes toward the topic? Do they want to be there?
    Demographics: What is their age? What is their gender? What is their ethnicity? Do they belong to any groups? What is their economic status?
  • How to Conduct Audience Analysis - wikiHow
    Follow this acronym and answer the resulting questions. Just remember the AUDIENCE.

    * Analysis- Who is the audience?
    * Understanding- What is the audience's knowledge of the subject?
    * Demographics- What is their age, gender, education background etc.?
    * Interest- Why are they reading your document?
    * Environment- Where will this document be sent/viewed?
    * Needs- What are the audience's needs associated with your document topic?
    * Customization- What specific needs/interests should you the writer address relating to the specific audience?
    * Expectations- What does the audience expect to learn from your document? The audience should walk away having their initial questions answered and explained.
  • English Composition 1: Audience Analysis
    Writing to your audience may have a lot to do with in-born talent, intuition, and even mystery. But there are some controls you can use to have a better chance to connect with your readers. The following "controls" allow any writer a better chance of communicating with the audience:
  • Writing for an Audience
    Once you know your audience, you are ready to begin writing. Knowing your audience enables you to select or reject details for that specific audience. In addition, different audiences expect different types or formats for texts. Readers of Environmental Impact Statements don't want to read rhyming poetry extolling the virtues of nature. Mothers getting letters from children don't want to read a laboratory report about the events of the past month.
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