Activities For Reflection

Exercises For Reflection

  1. Write a paragraph connecting Brenda Knights’ narrative to the rest of the chapter or to your own experience.

  2. Look online to find a report. See if you can identify the parts of the report that we’ve discussed. If it’s organized in a different way, why do you think that is? What is the author trying to accomplish?
  3. Find an essay or project that you’ve done in another class. Try writing a short Executive Summary for it. How did writing an Executive Summary change the way you looked at the material? How did you decide what to put in the Executive Summary?
  4. Find a famous report online, such as The Mueller Report or the Final Report of the National Inquiry into the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. What tone does the report have? How does it try to persuade its audience? How does it use evidence?


This chapter contains material taken from Introduction to Professional Communications is (c) 2018 by Melissa Ashman and is licensed under a Creative Commons-Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.

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