Write about the history of your town in just one paragraph. Use that paragraph to practice adjusting your writing to a target audience. In Part I, do your research; in Part II adjust your writing.
Writers are often thinking about WHO is reading their content — who their intended audience is. How old are their readers? How informed are their readers? How engaged are their readers? Writers often change their style to reach a certain, or a broad, audience.
1. Do some research on your town. How was it settled? When was it settled? Who were the founders? What was the main job/industry/export of your town at its founding? Gather what you think you need to know to understand the history of your town.
2. In a paragraph, explain the who, what, where, why, and how of the founding of your town. Write the paragraph as if you were the only reader of the paragraph.
3. Move on to Part II.
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