Statement of explanationWhy is your piece written like that?
Who is the audience and why might the engage with this piece of writing?• Who are you trying to persuade and why?• What is the reason for you writing or speaking on this issue?• Who is your piece aimed at and what will they get out of reading it?• Which less obvious groups might get something out of reading your piece?• What kind of publication would you imagine it would appear in and what kind of readership does it attract?
What is it you intend your audience to understand as a result of reading your piece?• What opinions are you trying to change?• What is your contention?
How does your piece show an understanding of Encountering Conflit?• Is there an idea commonly associated with E.C. that you have tried to over turn?• Have added something new to the debate?• What is your opinion on the issue? Are ther other opinions that you differ with?
What choices did you make in terms of vocabulary, punctuation and language techniques to best suit your intentions?• Did you choose sophisticated and understated language to show that you’re being considered and restrained even though you’re angry? ‘I’m rather disappointed that . . .’• What persuasive techniques did you use and why?• Have you used deliberately short sentences to make it sound more forceful and abrupt?
Link to the TEXT• What aspect of TRM have you used in your piece?• Why do you think this is the best example from the text to persuade your audience?• What other texts have you drawn upon and how did you use them to persuade your audience?
REMEMBER• You don’t need to address every question that has been raised in this presentation• Choose a couple of questions for each section of your SOE and be concise• This is designed to show us that you have deliberately used some writing techniques and not others• This happens naturally when you write with a particular audience in mind so make sure you have a very clear idea who that is