ENGL 104 Unit 4 – Discussion Board

ENGL 104 Unit 4 – Discussion Board

Tone is extremely important, even over a medium such as informal as texting. The two examples I’m picking are thanks! and thanks. The only difference between the two is the punctuation at the end, but I think we can all agree if we received one over the other it would drastically change how we read the message. If I received a text saying, “Thanks!” I’d think the sender was very grateful and appreciated whatever I had provided, or helped them with. On the other hand, if I received a text saying, “Thanks.” I’d feel like I was just told for a third time to complete a task that I was already supposed to have done. You could say it’s more serious, but also conveys a voice of difficulty.

Another phrase I’ve seen in texts and emails that can convey different tones would be okay. You can use it in a variety of ways, same as thanks.

  • Okay
  • Okay.
  • Okay!
  • Okay?

The two most noticeable I’d say are Okay! and Okay?. Very similar to thanks, Okay! gives a tone of happy, or excited. Where as Okay? is a bit more on the serious side and could be taken in a harsher way.

Assignment Details

Assignment Description


Primary Response is due by Thursday (11:59:59pm Central), Peer Responses are due by Saturday (11:59:59pm Central).

ENGL 104 Unit 4 Discussion Board

ENGL 104 Unit 4 Discussion Board

Primary Response: Within the Discussion Board area, write 200–250 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.

For this Discussion Board, please complete the following:


You are probably already familiar with the idea of “tone” in speaking, as in “tone of voice.”  For example, the tone you use when you want to motivate someone can differ from when you are trying to apologize.

Tone is just as important in writing, where it can be impacted by our word choice, punctuation, and more.

For example, we all receive text messages every day. Text messages are unique—people use punctuation, abbreviations, emojis, and other writing choices to get their point across and convey a specific tone.  Consider the following ways to say thanks at the end of a text message or in reply to someone:

  • Thanks!
  • Thanks.
  • Thanks
  • Thanks =)
  • Thanks a lot!
  • Thank you?
  • Thank you!
  • TY

Select two of these examples that you think convey different tones and explain what makes them different?
What is another word or phrase you’ve seen (in texts, emails, or other written communication) that can sometimes convey different tones to the audience?

George may be in quite a bit of trouble. An email like this is completely unprofessional for multiple reasons. The first being the tone of the message. Since it’s going to his supervisor he should have worded it a little differently. Maybe something like:



I saw you denied my PTO request for this weekend. I was hoping you may reconsider as my family and I have been planning to go out of town for a while. I sent in the request on (whatever date) providing ample time. Please let me know if there’s any chance I may still go.

Thank you for your time,



The second reason was Georges text talk. The email above would’ve solved that issue as well and perhaps gotten him the PTO time he needed. The impact this would’ve had is George being shown in a bad light to his supervisor Frank. That could cause a few issues such as George receiving disciplinary action for his inappropriate email and possibly causing him to have a blemish on his record with that company as well.

George could’ve sent an email a little shortly after he cooled off like the one I wrote above. It would’ve come off a lot more professional, and possibly gotten Frank to change his mind. If it didn’t achieve that goal, George could’ve worked through this trip, saved face with his boss and rescheduled whatever had had going on. If it really bothered him that much he could express that after he had cooled off. That would’ve also given him time to plan his message. Who his audience was, what his message should be and the response he’s trying to achieve, etc.


Responses to Other Students: Respond to at least 2 of your fellow classmates with at least a 50–100-word reply about their Primary Response regarding items you found to be compelling and enlightening. To help you with your discussion, please consider the following question:


  • What differences or similarities do you see between your posting and other classmates’ postings?

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Discussion Board Rubric


Expectation Points Possible Points Earned Comments
Application of Learning Material Content: Post demonstrates understanding of Learning Material content.


Application of Course Knowledge: Post contributes unique perspectives or insights gleaned from personal experience or examples from discipline.


DB Responses: Responds substantively to two posts. Responses encourage interaction in the Discussion Board and classroom community.


Organization: Post presents information logically and is clearly relevant to discussion topic.


Professional Language: Posts contain accurate grammar, spelling, and punctuation with few or no errors. (APA formatting is not required.)


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Total Points Earned


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Important information on Writing a Discussion Question

  • Your response needs to be a minimum of 150 words (not including your list of references)
  • There needs to be at least TWO references with ONE being a peer reviewed professional journal article.
  • Include in-text citations in your response
  • Do not include quotes—instead summarize and paraphrase the information
  • Follow APA-7th edition
  • Points will be deducted if the above is not followed

Participation –replies to your classmates or instructor

  • A minimum of 6 responses per week, on at least 3 days of the week.
  • Each response needs at least ONE reference with citations—best if it is a peer reviewed journal article
  • Each response needs to be at least 75 words in length (does not include your list of references)
  • Responses need to be substantive by bringing information to the discussion or further enhance the discussion. Responses of “I agree” or “great post” does not count for the word count.
  • Follow APA 7th edition
  • Points will be deducted if the above is not followed
  • Remember to use and follow APA-7th edition for all weekly assignments, discussion questions, and participation points.
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  • Student paper example
  • Citing Sources
  • The Writing Center is a great resource