Rhetorical Analysis of a Writing Experience | 15% | 3-5 pages

Think back: Whats the most memorable piece of writing that you’ve ever done? Now: What was the situation? And how did that situation help shape the writing? IN this 4-5 page rhetorical analysis, you task as a writer is to reflect on how that particular writing experience was the result of the particular situation it was related to—how the situation helped determine what you wrote and why.

Genre Analysis Project with Reflection | 20% | 4-6 pages & 1-2 page reflection

Drawing on the concept of genre we’ve explored in class, you will conduct a genre analysis of a text. You may use the same text as the one in your first project. This project will require you to draw on genre theory in order to consider the role of genre in the production and delivery of a message, focusing on how the writer’s choice in genre enabled the writer to meet her/his goals.

Additionally you will write a 1-2 page reflection outlining what connections you see between rhetorical situation and genre.

Texts in Contexts Research Project| 20% | Curated collection & 3-4 page analysis

Drawing on the concepts established in the first two projects and additional concepts related to the use of digital technologies to share research, you will collect a set of texts (6) that share a common topic or argument. At least two of these texts should be two different academic genres.

After collecting your texts however you see fit—via slideshow, webpage, or other digital file—you will curate your collection by identifying information about each text’s genre and rhetorical situation. Each of your annotations should be at least 50 words.

Then, in a 3-4 page essay, discuss what your collection of texts shows about the writing of messages relative to genre, purpose, audience, technology, medium, mode, and/or context.

Primary Research Project | 15% | 2-4 pages

Develop a set of 10 interview questions related to the key terms we’ve examined so far. Each question should help you better understand what you need to know to write effectively in college, in a given major/program, or class. Additionally, you should provide a 100-200 word justification for each of your interview questions, answering each: Why is this question important to ask? What do you hope you’ll learn?

After developing your questions, you’ll need to try to get them answered. You may ask a professor, a student who has taken upper-level classes, or anyone else with my approval. To represent your answers, you will need to submit a transcript—either full or partial—or take notes from an audio recording.

Representing Research | 15% | Your text & a 4-5 page rhetorical rationale

Using the data from your Primary Research Project, represent your findings in a text developed for an audience and purpose that you will specify. Accompanying your project, you will compose a rhetorical rationale that documents what your piece is trying to accomplish, for whom, and in what context. Additionally, you will note the choices you made about genre, technology, medium, mode, and/or material in order to help you meet your goal for composing.

Short-Form Writing Projects | 15% | length varies

In support of the major assignments, you will turn write and submit a variety of short-form texts. These will include OAKS discussion posts, proposals, responses, shares, and workshop notes. As a rule, I grade these simply for completion and will only provide feedback on these in order to clarify a concept.