One of my first assignments for English 470 was to write two hypothetical correspondences. They were a block letter formatted memo and letter. Although these were hypothetical letters, I gained the knowledge to write towards a specific rhetorical situation. The biggest thing that I learned from this assignment was the AIDA (attention, interest, desire, and action) method. AIDA helped me to learn how to write captivating and informal pieces of work. It also taught me how to use the Eight “C”s properly.
The persuasive letter taught me how to write about a subject in a persuasive format that gave reason through ethos, pathos, and logos. It also taught me how to write a letter that involved a large number of people (the community). The bad news letter taught me how to explain something without focusing on the negatives. It taught me how to showcase the bright side of things in a professional manner. There cannot be promises made, but there can be effort shown. This assignment taught me valuable information that will be able to follow me through out my college and career experiences.