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Assignment Design for Research and Writing

Resources to reference when creating research and writing assignments to maximize clarity and accessibility.


Lay Audience     ♦     Resistant Audience     ♦     Expert Audience

  • Does your assignment assume a general adult audience, a resistant audience, or an expert audience?
    • Audience type establishes the type of vocabulary and the tone students should use. 
  • Is the audience professional, everyday citizens, peer, teacher, college community, general public, U.S., international, familiar with the topic, or newbies? 
  • Audience will determine how much summary and explanation are needed for a particular topic.
  • Audience also determines the type and number of research sources.

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