Importance of Being and Becoming Responsible Users of Digital Media Paper

Genre: Open letter

Purpose: Open letters are used to draw the public’s attention on an important issue; to persuade an audience to adopt a certain course of action; and to reflect or invite discussion on a topic that is important to the writer.

Task: Write an open letter in which you discuss the importance of being/becoming responsible users of digital media. In your letter, you will identify impacts of digital media and discuss how participation in digital media can have influences on the life of an individual. You should express your point of view on the topic. You will integrate information from Assignments 1 and 2 and the 2 readings for the assignments in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably, and answer whether or not the sources/readings echo what you know from personal experience.

Audience: You will be writing for an academic audience: members of academic communities. The piece should be a persuasive letter that could be published in a student publication, such as the California Aggie.

Learning outcome that this assignment highlights:

  • Use sources for a specific purpose (to inform, explain, extend, question, and/or support)
  • Understand and apply knowledge of the underlying values and practices of one citation system
  • Develop sentences that show awareness of purposeful moves in line with conventions of a genre
  • Write with detail and specificity

Required Readings and Sources:

Open Letter Requirements:

750-900 words.

Double spaced, size 12 font, with an effective title, header, and word count

Purpose-driven with clear and relevant arguments and developed supporting ideas.

Must use citations: from the assigned readings.

Avoid lengthy personal examples, unless they show some level of expertise on the topic.

Evaluation Guidelines for Assignment 2



Content and Ideas

Paper clearly responds to the prompt

Introductory paragraph provides enough background information about the topic, people involved, and the importance of the issue.

There is a statement that clearly identifies your focus and your opinion (claim) on the issue.

Each supporting paragraph discusses a clear supporting idea AND connect logically to the claim

Supporting ideas are developed, explained and analyzed

Citations connect to your arguments and are well-explained, attributed correctly, and integrated

Ideas connect well and flow logically from beginning to end

  • The ending sums up the main points and leaves the reader with something to think about (prediction, warning, advice, etc.)

Organization and Tone

Paper has a clear beginning, claim, middle, and end

Citations are placed effectively inside the content

Tone is academic and appropriate for a letter – there is a sense that the writing addresses the audience

Each of the supporting paragraphs is focused on one supporting point; paragraphs are divided well

Paper is clearly organized with logical flow of ideas.

  • Transitions links ideas effectively; there are proper transitions/connections between paragraphs

Language & Mechanics

Higher order grammatical errors (such as verb tense and form, sentence structure, word order, word choice) are rare and demonstrate careful editing

Lower order grammatical errors (such as articles, word form, subject-verb agreement) are rare and do not distract the reader

Paper has been formatted per instructions and carefully proofread for typos, spelling, punctuation, etc.

  • Writing demonstrates accurate and appropriate use of a range of topic specific and academic vocabulary and diverse sentence types.


  • Paper follows all directions concerning formatting: header, word count, title, font, spacing

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