My Mentor Text Monday posts are few and far between these days. But every once in a while, I think of some type of text to share. These posts are about me as a reader, a writer, and a communicator.
Today I would like to think about emails. We use email as a daily form of communication for personal and professional exchanges. If you stop to consider the content and style of emails, it is interesting to see such a wide range of formality, language choice, and punctuation. The names and specifics from all of the email segments shared below have been changed or deleted to protect the innocent.
I need the following webpage unblocked as soon as possible: www. XYZ. made up website. com . I need to use this lesson on Monday, September 15. and have already submitted a work order to have it unblocked. I used this lesson last year and our 4th and 5th grade students enjoyed it. Please approve the usage of this webpage on our student computers. Thanks, Teacher X
What I appreciate about this email is the clear, specific needs expressed (website unblocked for student use, date, previous attempts to fix this, past use) as well as the respectful use of please and thanks.
This screen rotation on computers is an ‘added value’ function that the kids either discovered or accidentally enabled….To rotate the screen, the keyboard shortcut is ctr+shift+refresh (3 keys to the right of the Esc key). Each tap of this shortcut rotates the screen orientation 90°.
Yup.Let’s go!Great.Thank you.
- What do the emails you send say about you as a writer?
- How often do you use bold or italics or CAPS to make a point explicitly clear?