The Importance Of Written Communication In The Classroom

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Written communication is an important aspect of human social interaction. If someone wishes to influence a large target audience, authoring a document is an effective and efficient method for doing so. Therefore, it is important to study the appropriate usage of rhetorical situation and methods of influence such that there is a higher probability of perpetuating the author’s ideas to the audience, vice alienating them and not persuading them into the author’s favor. Rhetorical context, arts of persuasion, as well as argument structure and development all play important roles when devising a proposed concept for the ingestion by the public. An article written by Rodney S. Earle discussing technologies implementation into the classroom environment …show more content…
Due to the academic nature of the document, and perhaps due to its large reliance on logos, Earle chose a Toulmin representation for his work. He makes excellent claims as to why technology should be pursued for the classroom, properly supports them with multiple citations from other authors, and ensures to cover any lose ends that may occur from alternate path reasoning. As an example, he gives an in depth representation of what instruction technology truly means by defining its significance as applied to teaching, siting multiple sources that employ various aspects of his definition, and displacing the public’s view that technology is simply about placing computers in the classroom (Earle 7). In fact, his meaning is so exacting that it can be found cited in several other documents providing clarity to the terms presence (Sadik 2). Laying a stern framework for the reasoning amplifies its importance to the reader and, when padded with diverse documentation, solidifies its importance to the audience. This is further demonstrated when Earle discusses the various means of information deployment and how peoples’ misconception of the terms ‘technology’ and ‘integration’ perpetuate the problem (11). He calls the misconceptions out early on in the segment, and then transitions into the various forms of information deployment and how there is not a single …show more content…
If it misses the rhetorical situation, it will not engage its audience in the intended manner. If it does not accurately balance its use of ethos, pathos, and logos, the audience may feel little connection to the arguments being displayed. If the argument structure is not carefully devised, the author runs the risk of having too stern an argument, or perhaps too weak, and therefore it will not take hold. Rodney S Earle’s article on instructional technology is a keenly written document from an author that undoubtedly understands the context of his academic readers. His use of inductive reasoning with rhetorical questioning mechanics both engages the audience, and properly portrays, develops, and persists the general points of his argument. By exploiting logos, Earle maintains that this document is intended for an academic audience, and thoroughly yields his points due to the simplicity and robustness in which they are presented. The Toulmin style of argument is well fitting the piece, such that the reader is prompted with suggestions that are thoroughly backed up by logic and citation, and any adverse ways of thinking are addressed within the document to preclude mis-decision by the viewer. Earle’s work, while may not be perfect, is masterfully crafted, and as such should be recognized as

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