Explain the role of communication in your life

Assignment 1: Reflection on Communication in Your Life


You will complete your reflective assignment by thinking about what you've learned in your textbook readings and the unit resources.

In Chapter of your textbook, titled "The World of Communication," Julia T. Wood writes that communication shapes our personal and professional lives, as well as our culture.


For this reflective assignment, answer the following questions:

• Why is it important to study communication?

• Explain the role of communication in your life, and the role communication will have in your career.


• The assignment should be reflective of your personal thoughts and experiences and do not require citations or incorporation of unit resources or materials.

• This assignment should be one double-spaced page and does not require APA references or a cover page.

• Because this is a reflective assignment, your grade will be based on completion rather than content quality.

Readings and Resources


Wood, J.T. (2017). Communication in our lives (8th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage.

• Chapter: The World of Communication (pp. 1-21).

• Chapter: Perception and Communication (pp. 25-43).

Articles, Websites, and Videos:

This brief video identifies and explains the three models of communication covered in your textbook; linear, interactive, and transactional.

The 3 Models of Communication

This video explains the concept of self-fulfilling prophecy and offers a few suggestions on how to utilize it in a positive way.

You Become What You Think About | Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

Assignment 2: Plot Literary Response:

In this literary response, you will create a response to what you have learned about Plot as a literary device.

This assignment focuses on your ability to: learn how to identify the plot devices of a piece of literature; craft your own creative piece with similar plot devices.

The purpose of completing this assignment is: as a student and a career professional, you will need to read and summarize many different forms of literature. Very often, you will need to report out on those summaries. This is a good practice in developing those skills!

Readings and Resources

Topic One: Plot is a Personal Thing:

• What is Plot? Prep Scholar offers this interesting article on the components of a Plot. You will need to be familiar with plot points to complete your Unit 1 Literary Response

o Muniz, H. (2019, Dec. 3). What is the plot of a story. The five points of a narrative. Prep Scholar.

• The selections below are in the genre of "short-short stories". These stories are fewer than 1,500 words and can have traditional or experimental plot arcs. Short-short stories can do in a page what a novel does in two hundred. In the selections below, you will notice that these compelling stories are intensely personal and ask the reader to think beyond the words on the page. Enjoy!

o Gullick, C. (2020, October 27). The invisible string. American Short Fiction

o Anderson, S. (2020, October 20). Swan of the gods. American Short Fiction.

• Fairy Tales and children's stories are a wonderful way to learn about Plot. Many of these stories were written as cautionary tales to parents and their children, which is why so many fairy tales are dark in nature. The following stories are brief and to the point but they have a definite plotline with a defined beginning, middle, and end.

o Anderson, H.C. (1845). The little matchgirl. American Literature.com

o Grimm Bros. (n.d.) Little red riding hood. American Literature.com

• Author Deborah Feldman discusses her personal connection to her novel, Unorthodox:

Unorthodox: Deborah Feldman's escape from Brooklyn to Berlin | DW Interview

For more in-depth answers to formatting and style questions, look at the resources in the "APA 7th Edition" module on your menu.

• Use this template for all of your courses at Post. In different classes, you will need to use a different dept. name and course name.

o APA 7th edition Title Page and Reference Page Template APA 7th edition Title Page and Reference Page Template - Alternative Formats

o APA student title page information from APA style

o What significant changes have changed from 6th to 7th editions? Scribbr gives this concise overview.

APA Manual 7th Edition: 17 Most Notable Changes | Scribbr

Topic Three: How to Be an Active Reader:

It is just as important to fine-tune how to read as seek out what to read. Learning how to be an active reader can reduce time spent rereading and refocusing. It also enhances understanding of the text and of your assignments. Please be sure to use the source below and incorporate the skills into your reading techniques.

• Princeton University explores how to take active reading into a Science classroom

o Active reading strategies: Remember and analyze what you read. (2018). Princeton University.

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