Does language have the power to shape our identities?

A template serves a model for helping you structure your writing. It does not replace original thinking and strategic revising for clarity, tone and paying attention to the audience you are writing to.

Opening paragraphs: in these paragraphs, youll need to provide your rader with some context and relevance.

Ex: During this global pandemic, as a society, the term pandemic has taken on the connotative association with the COVID virus. While there have been numerous pandemics throughout the course of history, the way that term pandemic has taken on a different connotative meaning that is specific to the current environment in which we are living suggests that we have the power to shape the language makeup of identities [and continue providing examples both past and present of language shift leading up to a definitive thesis].

Relevance to writer: here is where you expand on your first experience noticing language. You previously written about this when your responded to the following prompt:
Quarter #4 Essential Question #1: What word/phrase has had the biggest impact (the powerful effect–positive or negative–that something has on somebody/something) on your life that you’ve ever heard? When was the first time you heard it? In your own words, define it.  What did it mean when you first heard it? What did it mean after you learned it’s definition? What part of speech is it (noun, pronoun, adjective, verb, adverb, conjunction, preposition or interjection)? Finally, power is defined as the ability to control people or things. *If you believe that words do indeed have power, what do you think gives the word/phrase that you’ve chosen its power? *(you may or may not believe this and can indicate it in your response)
The word that has had the biggest impact on my life is _____________________. The first time I remember hearing this word was ______________________________ (think back as far as possible and try to provide as much context as you can remember). When I first heard it, it meant __________________________________________________.  I would define it as ____________________________________________________. It is ______________________- part of speech. *I think that ______________________________________ gives the word/phrase its powers because ____________________________________.
After this, insert your extended definition of the term using the template provided in your Supplementary Reader. PLEASE BE SURE THAT YOU PROVIDE CONNOTATIVE MEANINGS OF YOUR TERM/PHRASE.THE EXAMPLE PROVIDED HAS DENOTATIVE EXAMPLES IN THE TEMPLATE FOR THE PURPOSE OF MODELING!
Now that you have provided context and relevance, provide evidence that both supports and refutes your stance. Youll find this evidence in your responses to the texts that weve read, which you compiled  Working Works Cited for. Your evidence must include examples from two institutions, two personal narratives, and two social sources gleaned from our previous class readings, and incorporate imagery that aligns with the stance that youve taken.
Conclusion: must provide the reader with closure and remind them of the significance of the topic of the writing. It should reinforce the main point being made, without being redundant or providing any new information that muddles the readers comprehension.

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