Prairie State College Interpersonal Communication Plagiarism & Arguments Discussion

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1.) Ben wrote an original and compelling argument for his persuasive speech. He found evidence to support his argument. However, in finalizing his speech he discovers that he forgot to write down a source for one of his best pieces of evidence. He decides to paraphrase the evidence and leave out the citation. In one to two complete paragraphs, identify and define the type of plagiarism in which Ben has engaged. Then, explain two strategies for avoiding plagiarism in a public speech.

2.) first, define the three main parts of an argument. Then, identify these three components in the following example:

The United States government should not lower the national drinking age to 18, as some have suggested. Since the national drinking age was set in 1984, the use of alcohol among underage drinkers has declined. This decline suggests that making the drinking age 21 has deterred drinking at younger ages; therefore, there is no need to alter the current system and potentially risk a return to pre-1984 underage drinking levels.

3.) Glenda and Pat meet while waiting in line for coffee. They are immediately attracted to each and, after brief introductions and pleasantries, Glenda asks Pat to dinner that evening. During dinner the two initially share common first date information—hobbies, hometowns, professions, and so on—but they soon begin sharing information of a more personal nature such as hopes for the future and belief systems. By the end of the evening, Glenda and Pat have already discovered a great deal of common ground, and both parties excitedly agree to a second date.

In one to two complete paragraphs, identify the theory of interpersonal communication that best describes the situation above. Identify the three stages of the theory Glenda and Pat move through as they get to know each other better. Finally, assuming their relationship continues to grow, explain the next two stages Glenda and Pat are likely to experience before reaching a phase of relational maintenance and then possibly the phases of coming apart.

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