Think about the assignment the audience and the purpose

To prepare for writing, go over once more the requirements of the assignment to make sure you focus your writing efforts on what's expected by your instructor. Consider the purpose of the paper, either as set forth in the assignment, or as stated in your thesis statement--are you trying to persuade, to inform, to evaluate, to summarize?

• Who is your audience and how will that affect your paper?

• What prior knowledge can you assume the audience has on the topic?

• What style and tone of writing are required by the audience and the assignment--informal, scholarly, first-person reporting, dramatized?

Read the linked articles that discuss Audience and Tone ( Also, look at the articles about the structure and purpose of different kinds of papers--Common Types of Papers and Papers on special subjects (p. 51)--to make sure your writing goals are clear to you.

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