Davis English 9

Monday, September 14, 2009

Why is learning to write EFFECTIVELY important?

Parents, one of our focuses this semester is writing persuasively. We start with an effective paragraph with strong topic sentences and move to a multi-paragraph persuasive essay, literary analysis essay, narrative writing, poetry, summaries, and online writing.
We would love your input on how writing is important in your line of work. We greatly appreciate your thoughts and explanations knowing the time this takes to put together ideas for us. Please know that we appreciate your time and look forward to reading your thoughts about the importance of writing in today's world.

***You may type your answer in Word to catch spelling errors and then copy and paste it into the comment box, or type directly into the box. Once you have commented, your student will use his/her login to post the comment.

***Please put your answer in this format:

Michele's dad, Jim Hurley--lawyer: 
Michele's grandma, Sherry Hurley--stay-at-home mom:

***Please complete this by next Tuesday, September 22nd. Thanks so much! ~ Mrs. Davis


  • At 6:58 PM , Blogger Zach said...

    Zachary's Dad, Kent Lodge-Carpenter

    Writing is the base line of recorded thought:
    An example is a contract, a promise to perform, involving both the integrity of the author and perhaps the rule of law, only changeable by mutual consent.
    Writing is a way to make things permanent, it will out live the author and carry the meaning and intent of the writer.
    Writing is a way for the intent of the author to be distributed to many at one time.
    Learning to write well will allow you to express your ideas and emotions and plans. If you can write it down you can achieve it.

  • At 6:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Savannah's Mom, ......Nurse

    In today's world of medicine, it is imperative that you are able to communicate effectively through writing. Some facilities use only written report to hand off the care of a patient, and your ability to communicate a clear picture of what your patient's needs are is critical. Medications given, therapies performed and what is needed for the next 12 hours need to be relayed clearly so the patient can continue a steady recovery. Any error in this communication can lead to grave outcomes for any patient. So be clear and concise in your work and put your best effort into all that you do.

  • At 2:12 PM , Blogger crawdaddy19 said...

    Sam's Dad-landman
    Accurate communication is critical in my line of work. A great number of the oil and gas leases I obtain are by use of written communication. It must be clear and concise. Usually an oil and gas lease is included with a letter I send to mineral landowners. It is important for them to know the terms of the agreement as well as the offer that is being made. Many times you will need to contact the same parties from whom you acquired a lease. T Inaccurate written communication adds to distrust and makes for more difficult for negotiations.

  • At 2:36 PM , Blogger valgavi23 said...

    Valentina's Mom-Self employeed
    Learning to write effectively is a big part of the society today. You must have some knowledge of how to write to get a good job. Every job in the world requires you to be able to write, even if it is limited. It is the basic line to having a succesful future. It can show the ammount of skill you have to complete tasks. It is one of best communication devices we have today, without it we wouldn't know what accured in our past. We can also rely on it to show the future outcomes.

  • At 3:51 PM , Blogger AllenC./Smalls said...

    Allen's Dad, Army National Gaurd
    I supervise recruiters in the Colorado Army National Guard for 1/4th of the state of Colorado. This job allows me to take care of the professional and personal needs of 13 Soldiers. This job is very fulfilling and it is important to have someone to be a representative of Soldiers so that buisniss is done correctly.

  • At 7:34 PM , Blogger da-artistBS said...

    Bailey's mother, Miriam Smith-massage therapist

    In my line of work, writing effectively is very important. The treatment plan for my clients depends on clear and specific annotations. Not only do I have to describe my clients' symptoms, but I must also describe my findings and my recommendations for a treatment plan. My clients' health and well being depend on my written communications. My writing skills are also important in marketing and advertising. It is important to write in a persuasive manner when marketing to new or existing clientele.

  • At 8:07 PM , Blogger jrlval2 said...

    Jenny's Mom, Diane LeBlang, Registered Nurse

    Writing is a necessary tool in communicating what happens to my patients during their hospitalization. I work in an operating room and what happens in surgery is vital to communicate through my writing for nurses, physicians and other departments continuing to care for the patient. My writing must be clear, consise and accurate to optimize the outcome for the patient.

  • At 8:28 PM , Blogger JTJ10 said...

    Jonathan’s Mom, Lisa Johannsen
    Jonathan’s Dad and I have our own company which is a product design firm that specializes in designing medical products like ultrasound machines or surgical lasers. When we want to get new business, or even get repeat business, we have to write a proposal. A thorough, descriptive, and persuasive proposal is imperative to winning a new client. We learn as much as possible about our client and the product that they need before we start – that way we are thorough. We must describe accurately how we will design the product. Finally, we must persuade the client that we are the best choice for the job. So, bottom line, we must be persuasive writers if we want to keep our jobs!

  • At 3:26 PM , Blogger NS said...

    Nick's dad, Bill Spencer
    I am a teacher and it is very important to be able to communicate through writing. I communicate with students, parents, co-workers, and administrators every day at work. I write memos, emails, letters to vendors, and articles for publication in our newsletters and brochures. I also need to be able to effectively communicate with my students to help them learn history. It is vital to learn the basics of all types of writing in order to have a well-rounded background.

  • At 3:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Kaley's mom, Medical Records Specialist

    In my position it is very important to both read and write effectively. I read and summarize patients' medical records and send it to medical personnel to schedule patient procedures. If I don't write effectively and precisely, the wrong procedure could be scheduled for the patient, and, guess what? I would lose my job! Also, I need to communicate with my clients and co-workers through writing all day long. Especially now that e-mail is used constantly in an office environment, effective writing is absolutely essential.

  • At 5:05 PM , Blogger Moriah said...

    Clear and concise written communication has been integral to all of the positions I have held in various work environments, from higher education to non-profits. I worked in higher education overseeing international students and immigration law for several years. It was imperative that the international students understood the laws that regulated their time in the United States. Not only did I have to gear my immigration materials to a younger generation, but also to a group of individuals who often learned English as a second language. I currently do marketing and outreach for a nonprofit. It is my job to recruit new participants to our program through various mediums including publishing articles in newspapers. I have to tie together our message and participant stories to current media topics. I need to be sure to grab the attention of readers so our organization is recognized. I cannot think of an occupation that writing is not essential and required. Kay Denler--Community Outreach Coordinator, Moriah's Mom

  • At 6:55 PM , Blogger ravinous pear said...

    Mitch's mom, Jill Wilson - Mom and group exercise instructor: Ninety percent of my communication is verbal, and the remaiing ten-percent is written. As a mom and fitness instructor, I am often giving concise bits of information to people of all shape, sizes and ages. And believe it or not, once in a great while someone listens. Now back to the question at hand, written language is important when needed when needed. As a fitness professional, I occasionally will need to put my thoughts into words for a health and fitness article. Because I am not forced into writing very often, it can be a challenge for me to get the words flowing again.

  • At 8:09 PM , Blogger nacho.man said...

    Ty's mom - Julie Butcher, Customer Service Representative,
    Learning to write effectively is important to communicate with others. For example, in my line of work, most customers prefer emails over phone calls. As a result, business can be won or lost in how effectively I communicate with my customers with my writing skills. If my customers cannot read or understand my emails valuable time is lost and my company can loose orders in return. In a time where technology is advancing everyday, effective writing skills are more important then ever before.

  • At 8:28 PM , Blogger Veronica said...

    My name is Todd and I am a director in the Tax department for a Fortune 200 company. While I have taken business courses as a CPA and legal courses as an attorney, the two most important classes I ever took were English composition and communications in college. There is not a day that goes by that I don't communicate via e-mails, teleconferences or in-person meetings. While technical skills are certainly important, if you cannot communicate effective, both in writing and in speech, you will be at a serious detriment, relative to your colleagues. Hope this helps - Veronica's dad, Todd Mata

  • At 6:22 AM , Blogger Sarah Gillen said...

    Katie’s Mom, Sarah Gillen--Self employed
    The Importance of Writing Skills in any Workplace
    It is clearly evident that good writing skills are a very important asset to any career in the world today. Your words will reveal a lot about you. They can say I am well educated and a smart business person or they can scream I am an ignoramus and don’t know how to use a computer. Employers are looking for job candidates who know how to clearly and concisely present information. From the very start, employers begin to analyze writing skills based on a candidate's cover letter and resume. A single mistake in either document will force an employer to move on to the next applicant. Upon hiring, maintaining quality-writing skills is essential to increased wages, promotions, and other advances in one's career. No matter what you do for a living, good writing skills are used daily in different forms of communication. Those individuals who continue to develop their writing skills are destined for success.

  • At 4:57 PM , Blogger Buffunicorn said...

    Kurtis’ mom – Kathy Werner – Commercial Insurance Agent

    In my position it is important to be able to correspond effectively, because there isn’t a day that goes by without me writing an e-mail, letter, proposal or even a text message. On top of what we already do to communicate through our devices, I see us all of us writing more as a result of the new social media tools. It is important to be able to express your thoughts through writing.

  • At 5:03 PM , Blogger Katey said...

    Katey's mom, Tara Cox - Registered Nurse

    Writing is extremely important in my line of work. The majority of my written work comes in the form of charting on the patients I take care of and reviewing the documentation completed by other caregivers. The patient's chart is a legal document which can be used in a court of law as evidence for or against a healthcare provider. Therefore, it is extremely important to write (or chart) in an accurate, concise, and timely manner. A common phrase to nurses is, "If you didn't chart it, you didn't do it." This documentation is also the main form of communication between nurses, physicians and other therapies.

  • At 6:50 PM , Blogger jfootball25 said...

    Jack's mom, Valerie Fleming, mom

    Writing was not important to me until I moved to Japan in my early 20's. Before cell phones and computers, twitter or my-space. My only means of commuication (other than late night phone calls that were very expensive), was to write extensive letters that would take days to reach home and a reply would take days to get back. I loved writing about the things I saw and did and ate and smelled. Even today, I still have the journals and mail from that time long ago. Without writing, I would not have those memeories.

  • At 5:52 AM , Blogger Luke Marshall said...

    Luke's dad, John Marshall - real estate broker. Writing is key to my profession since I have to come across professionally and persuasive when I create marketing material for my listings. There is nothing worse than a typo or poor grammar when you are trying to sell a home. And what is more important is dealing with legal documents which have to be written perfectly in order to protect my client's real estate interests.

  • At 2:49 PM , Blogger baby_chick123 said...

    Caitlin's mom,Terri Hanson - stay at home mom. Writing is important for many reasons but the most important one for me is being able to communicate with the family. We have so many of our family and friends in different states and being able to let them all know what is going on in our lives is as must. You can't always talk to them on the phone so being able to write to them all at one time is alos a time saver not to mention everyone likes to get mail.

  • At 8:14 PM , Blogger Justin said...

    Justin’s Dad: Writer/Lecturer

    The process of being an educated person begins with the mastery of language; it then furthers with the ability to read; expressing thoughts through writing completes it. Proper speech allows one to communicate with others; reading allows others to communicate with us; writing polishes the rounded individual by engaging a thoughtful dialog through text with others. In my career, it is assumed that writing, reading, and speaking are a natural part of scholarship. However, as technology has substituted for more traditional tasks of reading and writing, the need to keep and prefect the craft of writing beckons us to understand even more the nature of that craft so that then the various modes of literary expression are grasped, since technology in the form of e-mail, texting and twitting, and the like require some skill of writing.

  • At 7:38 PM , Blogger Davis said...

    Thank you students, for encouraging your parents to respond to our post. Their answers showed thoughtful and specific ways that effective writing is essential, in any and every type of work. Please thank you parents for me for their ideas!

  • At 9:10 AM , Blogger Amy M. said...

    Lexi’s Mom, Amy Mercier.
    I’m a legal assistant at a large law firm where we handle corporate litigation. Being able to read and write effectively is essential for my job. Many of our clients are corporations that are being sued by other companies or by their employees. These lawsuits generate huge volumes of documents, court pleadings and correspondence that we have to review for relevance. After determining what information is important for our case, we then try to develop a logical argument that can be communicated to a court, opposing counsel and our clients. Everyone in the 21st century needs to be able to successfully convey their ideas.

  • At 8:00 AM , Blogger ryans2013 said...

    Ryan's Mom, Sue Smith, Realtor

    As a residential real estate agent, effectively communicating through writing is critical in many ways. Without it, no houses would be purchased or sold. From a marketing perspective on the internet and in brochures, I need to be able to entice buyers through written words and pictures to come see and purchase a property I am selling. From a contractual standpoint, I must delineate the specific terms and conditions that apply to each transaction. If I do not do this effectively it can result in the deal falling through, or I could get sued. Lastly, from a relationship management perspective I need to communicate on a daily basis with clients, prospects and other agents in a way that will keep all of our relationships positive while dealing with difficult and emotional issues. If I can not effectively create and maintain win-win situations using every-day writing, then I should not be in this profession. That is how important writing is.

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    Writing is important because it is the primary means of permanant communication. Without writing key ideas cannot be easily passed from generation to generation and society will be much slower in advancement on many fronts.

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