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A Watergate Diary -

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on 21 January 2014

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Transcript of A Watergate Diary -

A Watergate Diary -
Elizabeth Drew

Semantics
Ends on rhetorical question - to make readers think - philosophical-like nature of question contrasts with matter-of-fact style of article
Cohesion
The milk fund - begins and ends the first section
Split into individual dates - chronological
Syntax
Subject and era specific jargon - dates article
Mainly declarative statements - purpose is to inform
Context
Richard Nixon - 37th US President - in office January 20, 1969 – August 9, 1974
Watergate Scandel - members of Nixon administration broke into Democratic National Committee headquarters - covered up by Nixon - led to Nixon's resignation
Jose Ortega y Gasset - Spanish liberal philosopher
Checkers speech - apology made by Nixon for corrupt fund-raising
Recasting
Imagine that you are a published historian who submits articles to university journals. Your task is to write a brief introduction to the corruption in US politics. Using information in Drew’s piece, write a short extract of this article, focusing on the Watergate Scandal.
You should adapt the source material, using your own words as far as possible, without using direct quotations from the original text. Your article should be approximately 300-400 words in length.
In your adaptation you should:
• Use language appropriately to address purpose and audience
• Write accurately and coherently, applying relevant ideas and concepts

Purpose - to inform
Audience - general public; people interested in politics
Tone - Serious, inquisitive
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