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In this lesson, you wrote 3 different messages.

In each message, you shared the same information.

But depending on who you were communicating the information to, you adjusted your writing.

Customizing your message for your audience helped clearly communicate what you want to share.

You wrote an informal text to your friend using the language and style you both understand.

You also wrote an informal text to an adult in your life, but you adjusted your writing to make sure you did not use any slang that this person might not understand or might think is disrespectful, and you used correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

Finally, you wrote a more formal email message to your teacher.

You shared the same information, but you used proper punctuation and grammar.

You organized the information for your email using a greeting, a body, a closing, and a subject line.

Less formal texts communicate a less formal relationship and are appropriate for friends, family, and adults outside of school or work.

When you are writing to a teacher, a manager, a school administrator or a college admissions counselor, using a more formal tone shows respect and professionalism.

It communicates that you are serious and considerate.

A more formal message also helps communicate that you are serious, capable and knowledgeable.

For example, adjusting your writing to your audience will help you get positive results when writing to: a business to request a refund, a city councilperson to ask that your street be cleaned, or an employer when you want to get hired.

Knowing how to customize your writing for your audience can help you be a successful communicator.

Certificate of Completion

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Certificate of Completion

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