What is a Rationale? 

According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, rationale is ” an explanation of controlling principles of opinion, belief, practice, or phenomena”. When writing a rationale, you need to say what your wrote, how and why.

If you still find it too difficult to write the rationale for your Written Assignment, you can use the following structure:

Paragraph 1: what were you trying to do (tone, purpose, audience to reach?)
Paragraph 2: How did you try to do that…give examples from your piece.
Paragraph 3: How did you connect to your topic option? (Communication and Media, Social Relationships, Global Issues)

Example…I wrote a (TEXT TYPE YOU CHOSE, for example: blog entry, diary entry, interview, magazine article, newspaper report, friendly letter) about (TOPIC OF YOUR TEXT, for example: the importance of maintaining religious traditions in the celebration ofChristmas). It was written with a ________ tone (examples of TONE for your writing: angry, clear, formal, humorous, informal, ironic, optimistic, pessimistic, sad, serious) and hopes to address a ________________ audience (AUDIENCE OF YOUR TEXT, for example: intellectual, adult, teenager, school students)

In my _________ (YOUR TEXT TYPE) I tried to use ________________ (TYPE OF LANGUAGE YOU USED, for example: formal, informal, technical language, a 1st person/3rd person perspective, adult humor, verbal irony, childish language, etc) with phrases like “___________________” and “_______________”.

I tried as well to use a _______________ level of vocabulary (for example: sophisticated,  technical, specific, simple, easy-to-understand) with word choices like “________________” and “____________________” . Using these elements I feel I reached my  purpose of ______________ (examples of purpose: making readers reflect upon the importance of tradition for society; informing readers about the pros and cons of spending too much money in New Year’s Eve, etc)

This task addresses the core topic of SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS and specially addresses the

topic of CELEBRATIONS, SOCIAL AND RELIGIOUS EVENTS . I chose a (YOUR TEXT-TYPE) to do this because I felt that in this way I could _________________________________ (REASONS  WHY YOU CHOSE THIS TEXT TYPE, for example: because I could best express what I learned from the topics we studied in this unit and how I feel about them)


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