Knowing Your Audience


English Language Arts Grade 8 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 passage 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 passage for two different audiences.

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.


left: audience at a rock concert; right: audience at a business lecture

What is an audience? Define or describe an audience in your own words. Look at the pictures for some clues about two different kinds of audiences.

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An audience is a group of people who watch or hear a performance or presentation. They may jointly (in a hall, theater, or stadium) or individually (home audience) watch or listen. The performance may be musical, theater, dance, a lecture, a movie or TV show, a radio broadcast, etc.

Ask students: How do your readers fit into the definition of an audience?


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