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Assignment Design for Research and Writing

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


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  • Voice determines rhetorical elements, such as tone, vocabulary, and pronouns.
    • Identify which “person” you do or do not want: yes to first-person, but no to second-person; strictly third-person; only second-person. 
    • Review vocabulary that fits the paper’s voice: slang and casual words may be acceptable for a reading response but not for a research paper.

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