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List two specific materials that you have recently read which were written to inform; two materials written to persuade; and two materials that have entertained you.  Do not list movies or TV programs. You will list a total of six (6) materials.

  • Be specific; if you are using a magazine or newspaper, be sure to include the title of the article read as well as the name of the magazine or newspaper; if you include a book, also give the title and author.  If you include a billboard (or print advertisement) name the product or tell what is written upon it.
  • Give a summary (one sentence) of each of the six items on your list, and, for each item, explain what you believe the author’s intent to be (to inform, persuade, or entertain)
  • Clear label each of entries as Inform, Persuade, or Entertain.

Read some postings of your classmates.  Comment on whether you think the author in their examples has accomplished his/her purpose of persuading, informing, and/or entertaining readers. Be sure to respond meaningfully to at least two of your classmates