Due: Let’s aim for Wednesday, 12/9. Post your work using the category ENG 1101 Project #3 posts
In the conclusion of your Project #2 annotated bibliography, you addressed the question: What are the most important things you learned and what audience do you think needs to know about it? For Project #3, we ask ourselves: what is a useful genre to tell that specific group the information you learned in your Project #2 research?
Think again about the research you conducted and information you gathered for your annotated bibliography, and think more specifically about which audience would benefit from this information. How would they benefit from learning the information? What would be the best way to convey this information to them–that is, in what genre?
Note: If we had more time, you would actually create that new text. Instead, we’re skipping that part and only writing the plan to communicate your research, including an analysis of the genre you plan to use. If you are really inspired to create that text, let’s talk!
What you’re writing: A Communication Plan with Genre Analysis
In approximately 600-900 words, write a plan to communicate the information you gathered and the knowledge you gained when compiling your annotated bibliography. To do so, address the following:
- Summarize in a paragraph or two the information you want to convey. You can use some of the quotations you identified in your annotations from Project #2. Be sure it’s clear which source the information came from whether you’re using their exact language or not.
- Who is your one specific audience? Provide a brief description so we understand who they are, why you chose them, and how this research relates to them. How much do they know about the subject? What assumptions, expectations, and/or concerns might they have about the subject?
- Examples of specific audiences include: architecture majors at City Tech; architecture majors in general; students in a different major; college administration; people with a particular condition, illness, ability; a client for a particular project; elementary school students; city planners; landlords/building managers; the NY Department of Health–you get the idea!
- Give one or two well-developed reasons why you think this information is useful for this particular audience and what your purpose is in sharing this information with them. Are you trying to inform, persuade, or get them to act in some way? Or is there another purpose you have in mind?
- What genre would you choose for reaching this audience? Why? In other words, does your choice relate to this audience’s interest, age, or a community they are part of? Or something else?
- Genres you might consider include the following: news report, pamphlet, article in a particular kind of magazine or newspaper, YouTube video, podcast, song lyrics, speech, Wikipedia entry, letter to a particular figure (the mayor, the college president, a specific architect). (These are just examples but the point is to pick a genre that would reach and appeal to your audience.)
- How would you express the information for this audience and in this genre? Give an example of how you would write that information for that audience in that genre. For example, if you’re trying to convey information to other architecture students, you might want to quote from and name your sources. If you want to convey this information to your band members, you might not need to be as formal–in fact, they might tune out if you quote from research or use technical language. Your example can be all written or a mixture of text and another medium (photograph, gif, graph, etc) if that helps you and doesn’t distract you on our short timeline. You can describe what you would have done OR make the example in the genre you would have used (so either tell us what you would have done to convey one idea or show what you would have done to convey that one idea), and in approximately one paragraph or the equivalent.
How will this be graded?
Your communication plan is thoughtfully written and has all the components listed above:
- Content: Your communication plan has all the components listed above, including the information you want to share from your annotated bibliography, the audience you want to reach, your genre analysis, and your example of your new text.
- Genre: Your genre analysis is accurate and detailed. The genre you have chosen makes sense for the audience you have chosen to address.
- Presentation: Can someone else understand what you’ve written? Can someone understand where you learned your information? Did you use formatting to help a reader make sense of your writing?
Remember that you will reflect on and revise this and all projects further for the final portfolio.