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COM 155 Week 4 DQs Updated

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COM 155 Week 4 DQs Updated

COM 155 Week 4 DQs

Week 4 DQ1

What are some of the prewriting techniques you have used? How and why did they work? If they did not work, what do you think you will do differently this time? Why? 

Week 4 DQ2

Narrowing a topic can be challenging. You may make a topic so narrow or so broad that it loses relevance or appeal. What are the qualities of a good topic? How will you make sure the topic you choose is relevant and interesting? 

Week 4 DQ3

What questions might you ask yourself about your chosen topic during your brainstorming process to make it better? How do these questions help?

Week 4 DQ4

Commas and apostrophes are particularly challenging for new writers to use correctly. What strategies do you apply to minimize errors when using commas and apostrophes in your writing? 

Week 4 DQ5

Comma placement may completely change the meaning of a sentence. What can you do to ensure your comma use helps you communicate clearly?

Writing errors, such as those identified in the readings for this week, may influence the way a reader interprets your writing. A résumé that is marred by grammatical errors, for example, may prevent a job candidate from progressing to the interview stage. Do you think it is appropriate for people to be judged based on their writing? Explain your answer.


List five commonly confused word mistakes. Then, demonstrate their correct usage in well-written sentences.

There are tons of commonly confused words out there. In the reading they list a good amount of these words. Listed below you will find five commonly confused word mistakes and examples of their correct usage:


Page 634 mentions that a thesaurus is a helpful tool. One challenge of using a thesaurus is that each word has its own connotation, and although the meanings may be similar, there are often subtle differences. Think about the following pairs of words: confident and arrogant, quiet and introverted, pure and naïve. The general meaning is the same, but one word in each pair typically has a positive connotation, whereas the other has a negative connotation. Write one sentence using each word to demonstrate that you understand the correct connotation. When using synonyms, what steps might you take to ensure your word choice carries the correct connotation? 

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