Rhetorical Situation

I.  GOAL

In this Extended Definition Assignment, you will define a term according to the needs/Rhetorical Situation (链接到外部网站。) of three specific audiences of your choosing. Without the rhetorical situation, the term you choose would exist within a vacuum, such as a Wikipedia entry, or a chapter from a textbook.

Thus, with a detailed Audience Analysis/Rhetorical Situation, you will have all of the meaningful parameters within which you will tailor the information you want to provide.

II.  REQUIREMENTS

For your first COMPLETE draft (that is, if it is not complete, you will not receive (full) credit), you will provide:

  1. Three Audience Analyses (100-150 words each; 300-450 words total – these are strict word limits): Identify three different rhetorical contexts that you are or have recently been a part of. These can be jobs, internships, clubs and/or committees, etc. These CANNOT be classes you’ve taken/are taking for which you’re only role is/was as a student. We are, after all, in a “Professional” writing course, in which one of our goals is to begin thinking beyond the confines of the classroom. Nevertheless, if you happened to be a lab or teaching assistant for a certain course, you may use that context. For example, if you took ENES100 last semester, you cannot use that. However, if you took ENES100 a couple of semesters ago, and last semester you served as a teaching fellow, then you can use that. For each description, identify: 

a) the name of the company/organization/committee/etc and what they do/are responsible for/etc;

b) your title within the company/organization/committee/etc and your role/responsibilities; and

c) a summary of the other people/titles/organizational hierarchy, along with their roles and responsibilities.

  • Three Extended Definitions, each according to the format linked here (链接到外部网站。) (diagram of format at bottom of page) (200-300 words each; 600-900 words total – these are strict word limits) – For each of your three chosen audiences/rhetorical contexts, you will create an extended definition in which you define one of the terms provided in the following sections, tailoring each definition for the specific needs/competencies/etc of each of your three audiences/rhetorical contexts. For example, if my three rhetorical contexts concerned my roles as:

a) ENGL393: Technical Writing professor

b) Professional Writing Program (PWP) Blended and Online Learning Coordinator

c) English Department Assembly Representative

I would then choose one of the topics below (for example: blended learning), and define it for each of my three rhetorical contexts. For example, the way I would discuss blended learning to students in a class would be different than how I would discuss it to fellow professors in PWP. I might cover similar terms, but I would focus on some items more so than others. Moreover, for one audience I would write from the perspective of taking a blended learning course, while in the other I would write from the perspective of administering or developing a blended learning course. These differences have important implications on how you go about writing each of your extended definitions.

III.  TERM SELECTION

As discussed above, you are to choose just one (1) of the following terms that you will then define/tailor for each of your three audiences/rhetorical contexts. If you are unfamiliar with the terms, be sure to research online in order to fully understand. You MAY NOT choose your own term; it must come from the list below. In the end, you are encouraged to be creative in order to tailor your definition to your different audiences.

Terms (Choose one)

  • Cloud computing
  • LEED Certification
  • Transportation management system
  • Blended Learning
  • Synergy

 IV.  FURTHER GUIDANCE

The point of this assignment is not to reproduce what is already available elsewhere, but to create something new that has been created/tailored for very specific audiences with unique backgrounds and other characteristics. To do well on this assignment, you will want to showcase your ability to tailor information for specific audiences. In some cases, you might find that choosing a term that you aren’t initially familiar with might give you the most opportunities for showcasing your strengths as a writer.

Audience Analysis & Extended Definition Peer Review

Audience Analysis & Extended Definition Peer Review
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As a reader, what details are most clear in Audience Analysis 1? What details require further specificity? Considering the three requirements for each audience analysis, as described on the assignment sheet, what section is the strongest and why? What section is the weakest and why? What are your suggestions for further improvement? As a reader, what details are most clear in Audience Analysis 1? What details require further specificity? Considering the three requirements for each audience analysis, as described on the assignment sheet, what section is the strongest and why? What section is the weakest and why? What are your suggestions for further improvement?
As a reader, what details are most clear in Audience Analysis 2? What details require further specificity? Considering the three requirements for each audience analysis, as described on the assignment sheet, what section is the strongest and why? What section is the weakest and why? What are your suggestions for further improvement?
As a reader, what details are most clear in Audience Analysis 3? What details require further specificity? Considering the three requirements for each audience analysis, as described on the assignment sheet, what section is the strongest and why? What section is the weakest and why? What are your suggestions for further improvement?
Extended Definition 1: As a reader, is it clear how this definition has been tailored for the specified audience? What are the strongest parts of this definition and why? What are the weakest parts of this definition and why? Has the author created an opportunity to create three significantly different extended definitions? Why or Why not? What are your suggestions for further improvement?
Extended Definition 2: As a reader, is it clear how this definition has been tailored for the specified audience? What are the strongest parts of this definition and why? What are the weakest parts of this definition and why? Has the author created an opportunity to create three significantly different extended definitions? Why or Why not? What are your suggestions for further improvement?
Extended Definition 3: As a reader, is it clear how this definition has been tailored for the specified audience? What are the strongest parts of this definition and why? What are the weakest parts of this definition and why? Has the author created an opportunity to create three significantly different extended definitions? Why or Why not? What are your suggestions for further improvement?
Techniques of Extended Definiton: Which of the 11 Techniques of Extended Definition does the author use? Are there opportunities to improve these techniques or replace with/add others? Provide suggestions.
Using the grammar video provided on the Module 1 page, carefully examine the draft for instances of run-on sentences and/or comma splices and identify them for the author.
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