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Organizing Project 4

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This is the post for the week of November 10, 2015.

Readings for the week of November 10

For this week, read or review the following as needed:

Work for the week of November 10

  • If you have not done so, submit your Genre Analysis Progress Report Assignment by 11:59 PM on 11/11 (the end of the 2-day grace period).

  • To prepare for writing your report, compare the Tables of Contents for the Genre Analysis Examples, and complete the Project 4 Organization Quiz in Canvas by 11:59 PM on Monday, 11/16. If you need more time, you have a 2-day grace period, which ends at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, 11/18.

  • Be aware of the following important dates:

    • Tue, 11/17: Submit your draft for peer review by 11:59 PM. If you have not submitted your draft by the deadline, you will not receive credit for peer review and you will not receive feedback on your draft.
    • Wed, 11/18: Peer review partners will be automatically assigned at 12:01 AM.
    • Thu, 11/19: Provide feedback to the two classmates you have been assigned as you peer review partners by 11:59 PM.
    • Mon, 11/30: Project 4 due by 11:59 PM. (I expect most of you to use the grace period).
    • Mon, 12/7: Project 4 grace period ends at 11:59 PM.
  • If you need to ask any questions about the project, send me an email message.

  • A Personal Note: I have oral surgery scheduled next Wednesday, 11/18. Because of the preparation for the procedure and the recuperation time, I may not be able to respond to any email from Tuesday afternoon (11/17) through Thursday morning (11/19). No office hours on Wednesday (11/18) or Friday (11/20).


Project 4 Examples and Progress Report

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This is the post for the week of November 3, 2015.

Readings for the week of November 3

For this week, read or review the following as needed:

Work for the week of November 3

  • Use the Genre Analysis Examples to guide you as you gather information and draft your own report. You will work on different topics, but the arrangement and kind of information that they include is similar to what you need to work on.

  • After reading the examples, go to the Discussing Example Reports post in Canvas and make two replies, following the instructions that you find in the post.

  • Continue working on your project. You should be in good shape if you complete most of your research by November 9. That will give you a full week to work through your findings and write your report before the peer review draft is due (on 11/17 by 11:59 PM, no grace period).

  • Submit a Progress Report, explaining what you have done so far and outlining what you still need to do by 11:59 on November 9 (2-day grace period ends on November 11). Because your progress report should reflect all the work you have done through the end of this week, the assignment will not open in Canvas until Saturday, November 7.

  • If you need to ask any questions before you write your progress report or have any other questions about the project, send me an email message.


Project 4 Overview

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This is the post for the week of October 27, 2015.

Readings for the week of October 27

For this week, please read the following as needed:

Work for the week of October 27

  • Choose your focus for Project 4, following the advice in Step One of the assignment. Consider the various kinds of writing you can examine in your report, and choose one that you have not yet written in your career but that you want to know how to write.

  • Write your proposal, following the instructions on the Genre Analysis Proposal page. If you need an extension, take advantage of the 2-day grace period for daily work. The proposal is an important part of the process, since it makes sure that you’re on the right track before you dive into writing the actual report, which is worth 30% of your course grade.

  • Begin your research for the project, and be sure to keep track of your sources for your bibliography. This is a large project, so I encourage you to work steadily over the next month, rather than waiting until the last minute.

  • If you need to ask any questions before you write your proposal or have any other questions about the assignments, send me an email message.


Genre Analysis Proposal

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After you spend some time thinking about the kind of writing you want to learn about in more detail, you will write a short, informal proposal that tells me what you propose to study. I will review and approve your proposal (or suggest some changes). Here are the details on what you need to do.

When Is the Proposal Due?

You will post your proposal in Assignments sections of Canvas by 11:55 PM Monday, November 2. Your proposal is worth 10 points of your overall grade for Project 4.

What Do You Write?

Write a short proposal that explains the genre (or kind) of writing that you will focus on for your report. You can return to Chapter 11 of Markel for additional help. Address the following points in your proposal:

  1. Background/Introduction
    Give some background on your genre, your experiences with it to date, what you already know, etc. Then clearly state, "I would like to study this genre for the following reasons: . . . ." What are your motivations for doing work in this area?

  2. Areas to be Studied
    What are the key points you will explore/research? What are some questions you will ask and try to answer with this project? What do you intend to do with this project?

  3. Methods of Research
    What is your research strategy? What, exactly, are you planning to do to try to find answers to your questions?

  4. Timetable
    What are your target dates for various stages of completion? You have three to four weeks for this project (depending upon whether you plan to work during Thanksgiving break), so set some deadlines for yourself to ensure you are ready to share your rough draft on November 17 and turn in your project on November 30. Create your schedule to finish by the due date. If you later realize that you need to use the grace period, that’s fine; but plan to finish on time.

  5. Qualifications
    What makes you qualified to do this research? What skills do you bring to the table that will help you deal with this topic effectively?

  6. Request for Approval
    Ask for approval; ask for guidance, articulate your biggest concerns at this point; ask for suggestions about next right steps; provide contact information.

What Happens After You Turn In Your Proposal?

I will read all the proposals and give you feedback on your plan ASAP. Keep working on your project as if you have approval.


Genre Analysis Examples

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As you begin work on your Genre Analysis Project, you can use these examples to guide your work.

Limited Access

I am limiting access to these examples since they were written by students in previous classes I taught. You will have to log into Google Drive, using your VT.EDU email address to access these files:

Future Examples

I am hoping to use some of your reports as examples for classes in the future. I will ask for your permission during the last week of class.


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