Class Presentations- What Can We Learn?
The last two weeks in class I had the opportunity to learn about different types of scientific writing styles through presentations given by my classmates. Since I was part of the “Popular Informative” group, I will not be responding to my own presentation.
The internet writing group proposed the following questions for the class to answer:
1. What tone is conveyed by each article?
2. In which article(s) do graphics play an important role? Why do you suppose this is the case? What do you think the author is attempting to do in each article? (What is his/her purpose?)
Responding to question number one, popular internet articles have a very distinct tone that allows readers from all different backgrounds and levels of education to enjoy the information they are presenting. The authors don’t use overly technical grammar that would confuse a casual reader and usually follow an “hourglass” shape of the essay. And for question number two, the article that talks about Earth Day relied heavily on graphics to intrigue the reader and keep them interested about the information they were trying to convey. Using graphics heavily throughout the article also gives the reader some time away from purely reading text, which can aid in the overall understanding of the article.
Another group presented about popular writing and how popular style writings can appeal to a wide range of readers. They proposed the following question for the class to think about:
How does this online article maintain its audience’s attention?
After reading this article, one of the major things that kept me glued to the article was the use of an attention grabbing title that makes me want to read on. “Electric Stimulation to Spine Gets Paralyzed Patients Moving Again” invokes an emotional response within the reader and naturally we want to know how in the world electric stimulation can get paralyzed patients moving around again.
Finally, I learned about ways of formatting a document in order to inform and inspire the reader to take action towards an issue. This group offered the following question to aid in their presentation:
How does the speaker engage the audience in a way that not only attempts to inform them on a certain topic but as well inspire them to take action?
When you think of a famous speech that has in some way informed or inspired you to take action on a cause, the speaker is usually a well-known person that holds power to influence actions of the public. These figures can include politicians, leaders, and social activists. Speeches should always have an issue that people care about, a thorough background on the subject, and can appeal to many different audiences. These speeches challenge the audience to make a difference and typically offer some sort of movement to join or a project to help with.