Your blogs will need to follow a broad topic of communication that you are interested in further investigating throughout the semester. Your broad topic is interpersonal communication.
Each week you would consider the theory we read, how it relates to the topic, and then select a relevant text for analysis. Texts are something you can see, experience, read, hear about, or watch that causes you to think, “that reminds me of the theory I am learning about right now.” Examples of texts include, but are not limited to, conversations, meetings, interviews, commercials, campaigns, speeches, experiences, social media posts, advertisements, entertainment media, video games, music videos, films, blogs, current events, or editorials. Note, the term text here does not refer to the textbook. Additionally, your text needs to be current meaning whatever text you choose must have been released, published, circulated, or appeared in popular culture within the last two years.
Once you have chosen your text, you are ready to begin writing your blog. Remember, each blog should be a thorough analysis of the assigned theory and relate back to your broad topic.
Paragraph 1: Describe Your TextSummarize your chosen text by giving the elements relevant for analysis. For example, if you are analyzing a conversation, you can write it out like a script or simply paraphrase. If you are analyzing a film, you can provide a brief synopsis of the scene or story arc. Mainly, just stick to giving an overview of your text; no theory references should be given here.
Paragraph 2: Explain Your TheoryGive a specific and detailed explanation of the specific elements of this week’s theory you will use to analyze your text. Use the theory to inform your understanding of the text. Specifically, you should pull concepts, definitions, implications, and arguments from the assigned chapter. Thus, the goal of this paragraph is to show your engagement with and understanding of the theory. For example, phrases such as “The author argues…” and “The theory is defined as…” should be used. Additionally, direct quotations from the reading are required and should follow APA citation guidelines. Mainly, your summary or analysis of the text should not appear here, only your description of the theory.
Paragraph 3: Analyze Your Text Using Your TheoryArticulate your scholarly perspective by analyzing your text using the theory. Phrases such as “I argue here…” or “My text demonstrates connections with the theory in these ways…” are expected. You should also consider several questions: How can your text complicate or extend the theory? How does the theory appear in your text? How is it absent? Note, however, that this paragraph should not focus solely on illustrating obvious connections between text and theory. You need to go deeper than that.
Paragraph 1: Text Description + Paragraph 2: Theory Explanation = Paragraph 3: Scholarly Analysis
Each paragraph should average eight sentences in length, and connections between text and theory should be fully explained. Take the position that your reader knows nothing about your text or theory and you need to walk them through the connections with your writing.
Blogs should be no less than 500 words, use error-free writing, incorporate ideas from and discussion about research published in academic journals, and include direct quotations from the textbook. Finally, blogs should have a unique title that consists of the theory name and a creative subtitle, such as “Narrative Paradigm: What’s a Story Anyway?”, and strictly adhere to the three-paragraph structure.
To publish your blog, click the blue “Reply” button. Put your title in the first line of the textbox. Begin the three-paragraph body of your blog on the second line. You should also note the word counter to the bottom right of the textbox to ensure you meet the 500-word minimum. After your three paragraphs, list your citations in alphabetical order using APA format.
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