Essay question details Word limit: 600 – 800 words. Instructions: This is an application exercise. There are basically 3 steps: 1. Choose a case study – a person you want to analyze. They could be a real person (e.g., celebrity, historical figure, colleague/family member, politician, scientist, athlete, etc.) or a fictional character (e.g., character from a movie / TV show / comic / book, etc.). E.g., I like Spongbob Squarepants because… 2. Select any 2 topics from this course that you will use to analyze the case study. The topics MUST come from different chapters (i.e., both cannot be from the same chapter). (Book: Communication Mosaics (8th ed.) Author: Julia T Wood) E.g., I will use Reflected appraisal (Ch. 9) and Kinesics (Ch. 5) to analyze Spongebob Squarepants’ communication. 3. Apply each of these two topics to analyze the case study. You must provide at least 2 examples of how these topics apply to the person you have chosen. E.g., Reflected appraisal applies to Spongebob Squarepants because… (describe at least two specific examples that illustrate this) Kinesics are important to Spongebob Squarepants because… (describe at least two specific examples that illustrate this) Organize your essay into 3 sections: Section 1 – Describe the case study (5 – 6 sentences). Give enough background details so that anyone could understand this person / character. Section 2 – Describe in your own words the 2 topics you have chosen (2 – 3 sentences for each topic). Explain them, without C&P from the textbook. Explain why they are relevant to analyze your case study’s communication style. Section 3 – Apply each topic to analyze your case study (5 – 6 sentences each) Provide at least 2 examples of how Topic 1 applies to the person / character Provide at least 2 examples of how Topic 2 applies to the person / character Grading will focus on: – topics have been well-understood – topics have been accurately and comprehensively applied to analyze the case study – assignment is well written, clear, well-organized, and free of spelling/grammar issues. Book: Communication Mosaics (8th ed.) Author: Julia T Wood
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