Knowing Your Audience


English Language Arts Grade 7 The Writing Process
Students identify and analyze how writers vary their writing depending on the audience. First they identify formal and informal register. Then they evaluate how authors choose register, tone, and voice for the audience. Next they examine word choice by analyzing passages to determine the intended audience. Finally they write a book review for two different audiences.

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Overview

In this experience, students identify and analyze how writers vary their writing depending on the audience. First they identify formal and informal register. Then they evaluate how authors choose register, tone, and voice for the audience. Next they examine word choice by analyzing passages to determine the intended audience. Finally they write a book review for two different audiences.

In scene 5, students write a brief book review, where the emphasis is on the audience of the text. You may assign a book for the review or let students self-select a book.

Objectives

  • Analyze how a writer’s audience impacts register, tone, voice, and word choice.
  • Write a passage for a given audience.

Duration

One class period.


When you write, you are communicating a message to your readers. You adjust your message and style, what you say and how you say it, depending on who your audience is. In this experience, you will identify how to write for different audiences.

Objectives

  • Analyze how a writer’s audience impacts register, tone, voice, and word choice.
  • Write a passage for a given audience.


Teen girl holding wrapped gift

Imagine your sister has asked you to go to the store and buy the “perfect” gift. 


What questions would you need to ask your sister before going to buy the gift?



Discuss student questions. They should be questions that help identify the recipient of the gift: age, gender, relation to the sister, etc.

Then ask students to reflect on how knowing the recipient of the gift is similar to knowing one’s audience when writing.


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