Rows 1, 3, & 5: Text and Subtext Discussion
Below are a few communication acts. The text is the obvious part. The subtext is a little trickier. Read them over and discuss with a neighbor their subtext.
From: Old Friend
Date: A Couple Years Ago
Subject: What’s up
I’ve been having a blast down here in Florida. I’m about to finish my MA in Public Relations at [A Florida University]. I can’t wait to get into the corporate world and make tons of money. I’ve been dating some great guys lately. Currently, I’m with this dentist, but I dated a couple engineers and lawyers over the past year. Things are good.
Well, I gotta run. Let me know what it’s like up there in Louisville.
From: Older Sibling
Date: Around “the holidays”
Subject: Come visit
We’d love for you to come visit us over the holidays. We’re thinking about going away for a weekend to a spa or maybe Vegas. Mom and Dad will be here, and the kids would love to see you. We’ve got space for you, so let us know when you’re coming into town.