My ZIP inquiry question is, how does language influence the style of a text? I was initially drawn to this question because I was interested in learning about how language influences the way people think and feel. I also hoped that I could refine my writing skills for English, Science, and Social Studies. My question stayed the same throughout my inquiry because I was able to find enough research for my question and I was able to create a good artefact that answers the question.
During the inquiry process, I have expanded on my scientific, persuasive, news, and script writing skills. I only wrote in the scientific, persuasive, and news writing style, however, I also researched script writing. The scientific and persuasive writing skills will help me in the future in science papers and persuasive essays or speeches. The news and script writing skills can help me if I ever go into journalism or the movie industry.
Language influences the style of a text in many ways, such as concision, use of adjectives, format, and impact of opinions. As I wrote in my notes, concision and the use of extra words is a key factor in separating different styles of texts. In styles like scientific and news writing, concision is more important than in styles like script and persuasive writing. Concise writing also means using fewer adjectives and instead getting right to the point. Another difference between text styles is the use of rhetorical questions. In persuasive writing, rhetorical questions can add impact to your point. In scientific writing, rhetorical questions should not be asked as they usually add unnecessary length. While answering my question, I realized that the answer depends on the type of text styles that I am comparing. The answer I came to is derived from comparing scientific, persuasive, news, and script writing skills.
My final learning artefact is 1,000 words of writing about one topic in three different styles: scientific writing, news writing, and persuasive writing. This artefact demonstrates my learning by showcasing how different text styles differ in their use of language. The artefact also connects to my chosen curricular competencies.
- Access information for diverse purposes and from a variety of sources to inform writing:
I used multiple sources in my research which I used to inform my writing. I also accessed information for different styles of writing.
- Recognize and appreciate how different forms, formats, structures, and features of texts enhance and shape meaning and impact:
The different text styles I wrote in showcased how different forms, formats, structures, and features of texts enhance meaning and impact.
- Use writing and design processes to plan, develop, and create engaging and meaningful texts for a variety of purposes and audiences:
The different text styles I wrote in showcased how different text styles are used for different purposes and audiences. My notes were used to develop and create my artefact.
This first source was the most helpful source I used in researching scientific writing. I used this source to learn about concision, abbreviation, and format in scientific writing.
This second source was the most helpful source I used in researching script writing. I liked this source because it gave me an example of a script with all the labeled parts.
This third source was the most helpful source is used in researching news writing. I liked this source because it broke down each section of news writing which was helpful in my own writing.
This fourth source was the video source I used. This source was helpful in my persuasive writing research and gave me helpful tips on how to convince the audience of my point.
A new question I have about my inquiry is, how do fonts influence the style of a text? Another new question I have is, how does language differ in different forms of media (books, videos, blogs, etc.)? I am motivated to answer these questions because of my curiosity. I also want to answer these questions because they may help me in my future as a student.