Devry ENGL112 Full Course

Subject: English    / General English

Devry ENGL112 Week 1 Discussion 1 & 2 Latest 2017 January

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The Brand of You (graded)

As discussed in this week’s lecture, the Brand of You is created from the perception you give others through your writing. In creating the brand of you, how do you decide what to tell, how to tell it, and what to leave out? If given the task of introducing your personal brand through writing, what specific characteristics or attributes of yourself would you share? What stories would serve to provide the greatest impact? What memories would be the most telling in introducing who you are?

Though we’ll work to answer these questions throughout the week, let’s do a concrete exercise to get started: First, in seven words, tell us who you are and what you do. Try to draft a phrase that serves as our introduction to you(see examples below). Place this phrase in the subject line of your response post and then provide us with details to show us how this title represents your personal brand. Using vivid, concrete, descriptive words, share an example, anecdote, or scenario that brings your personal brand to life for your audience and provides an impression of who you are. This example should be written as the content of your actual post and should, at minimum, be at least one full paragraph.

Here are some examples of seven-word biographies:

Hopeless romantic infatuated with all movie stars
Creative entomologist enjoys bees, hives, and honey
Desperate Facebook user needs to go outside

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Discovering an Angle (graded)

Spend some time searching online news sources, such as,,, or your own local news outlet. Although it’s often hard to find topics that are entirely new, the key to communicating a topic through writing is to present it with a fresh angle. What topics are you finding in the news today? What new angles are being presented? What current events or social changes have prompted these new angles? (Please be sure to include a URL with your post. If you use exact phrases or sentences from your chosen article, be sure to place that information in quotation marks.)

Devry ENGL112 Week 2 Discussion 1 & 2 Latest 2017 January

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The Profile Genre (graded)

Please read Carl Wilkinson’s profile, Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters,on pages 622–626 of your text. What writing techniques does Wilkinson use to meet the profile genre? How do these strategies help establish meaning, and what impression do they leave about Grohl? (Be sure to be specific in your response, pointing to areas of the text and noting both page and paragraph numbers.)

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Getting Started Writing (graded)

Drawing on one of the strategies for writing introductions outlined in your text or the lecture, post a draft of your introductory paragraph(s) as your first post. Then, throughout the week, reply to your classmates with feedback on their introductory paragraphs. Note how or why an introduction caught your attention and explain what impression it gives you about the essay’s larger purpose. Also explain how your classmate’s voice, tone, or diction contributes to the overall effectiveness of the introduction.

Devry ENGL112 Week 3 Discussion 1 & 2 Latest 2017 January

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Analyzing Persuasive Messages (graded)

What makes an ad succeed or flop? Think about specific print advertisements that have either stuck with you or made you turn your eyes, and explain what works or what doesn’t. In your response, be sure to consider the impact the rhetorical appeals of reasoning, credibility, and emotion play in the ad’s effectiveness.

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Writing With Style (graded)

In what ways do people adopt a particular writing style or voice? How does your style or voice change in different writing situations? Please share an example in your response.

Devry ENGL112 Week 4 Discussion 1 & 2 Latest 2017 January

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The Role of Truth in Ad Campaigns (graded)

Read Discovering the Truth: The Operation of Ethos in Anti-Smoking Advertising,by Rebecca Feldmann, on pp. 678–685 in your text. In this essay, Feldmann dissects the way the Truth antismoking campaign has achieved results by appealing to a teenage audience’s need for independence and rebellion. She notes that the campaign’s strategy has encouraged teens to stand up against the smoking industry. By accepting Truth’s agenda, however, Feldmann asks, “how is the advertising strategy of the Truth campaign that different from the deceiving strategies employed by tobacco advertising?” (p. 684).

On YouTube or through an Internet search, find the Truth website and some of its antismoking videos. After learning more about the organization and viewing some of its ads, what is your response to the question Feldmann poses above?

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Revising and Refining (graded)

Conduct a self-analysis of a portion of your essay. In your first response post, copy and paste the paragraph of your Rhetorical Analysis essay that describes your chosen advertisement. After you have posted the paragraph, explain how you might revise specific sentences to include more vivid details so that readers can better see what you are writing about. As peers, please also reply to some of your classmates’ posts, providing feedback on what is working well and any suggestions you might give for more vivid description.

Devry ENGL112 Week 5 Discussion 1 & 2 Latest 2017 January

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Forming a Position (graded)

Let’s use our discussion forum as a space to practice writing and to determine the viability of possible topics. To begin, find a topic that is currently in the news and provide us with some brief background (the who, what, when, where,and howof the topic). Then continue your summary by explaining the positions others hold on the topic. What do the true believers of the issue think? What do the ultimate doubters have to say? Finally, what is your position on the issue? Remember: The best topics aren’t just focused on pro/con debates. Though this activity asks you to look at the extreme sides of the issue, your opinion might fall somewhere in the middle or contain elements of each side.

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Beginning Research (graded)

This week’s assignment asks you to begin researching your chosen topic and to summarize other perspectives on your issue. Begin by reviewing the library tutorial from the class lecture. Then use the Academic Search Premier database via the DeVry Library to begin searching for sources. Once you have found a source, summarize it in a post below. Then discuss the credibility of the source by identifying the author’s background, credentials, and relationship to the topic. Make an overall assertion regarding whether or not the source is credible, and explain why. Finally, use the APA resources in class and Chapter 28 in your text to write out the full reference of the source, and include that in your post.

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