Tara Sudenga Essays

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Tara Sudenga
January 7, 2014
7th hour

Using Vocabulary Words
1. Channel
The means used to transmit the message from sender to receiver.
An example would be a dinnertime conversation with the family.
2. Context
The time or place where communication occurs.
An example would be like a time after school, during a meeting, in the art room.
3. Feedback
The response the receiver gives to the sender
An example could be a shrug, high-five, or a raised eyebrow.
4. Interference
Anything that blocks or hinders the message from sender to receiver.
An example could be if the receiver is too far away to hear the senders' message.
5. Interpersonal Communication
Occurs in context when two or more people actively participate in exchanging messages.
A few examples would be conversations, small-group discussions, and interviews.
6. Intrapersonal Communication
Communication within ourselves
An example could be the thoughts before sending out the message.
7. Mass Media
A level of communication that used technology to bring the same message to large groups of people
Some examples would be radio, TV, and web logs, and videoconferencing.
8. Message
The idea the sender is trying to communicate to the receiver.
An example would be explaining why you missed class.
9. Receiver
The target of the message
An example of a receiver would be an audience.
10. Sender
The one who initiates the message.
An example of a sender would be a speaker.

Reviewing Key Ideas
1. Communication is important in everyday life. If we did not have communication we would have no way to interact with our friends, family, classmates, and teachers. Communication plays a key role in building relationships, and getting jobs done. Without communication we would have nothing in life.

2. The first thing is yourself; this means that you think about what you are trying to say, or how you feel about what you are saying. The second thing to keep in mind is your listener; think about how they will respond to what you are saying. The third think to keep in mind is the occasion; which means you think about the situation and ask yourself if you care about the task, or the listeners role in the situation. The fourth and final thing is the task; this means you make decisions based on the task you are trying to accomplish.

3. The seven key elements are Message, Sender, Receiver, Feedback, Context, Channel, and Interference.


Responding to the Essential Question Mainly this chapter talks about the basics behind communication. There is a lot of social, academic and civic importance in communications, along with choices. When you are making a communication decision there are four important choices like self, listener, occasion, and task. These are the main things you have to ask yourself about when you are making a decision in communication. The key ideas in communication are message, sender, and receiver, which are the task, speaker, and audience of the communications. These also have two important keys as well, encoding and decoding. More key ideas of communication are feedback, the way the audience reacts, and context, the time and place. Also channel and interference plays a role in the key ideas. Group communications and public speaking help expand the communication model. The definition of communication has many characteristics. A few are, it never stops, and there will never be a time that communication is halted. Even sitting in class in silence there is still communication happening. Another is