This is a follow-up exercise to the “Know Your Publication” activity we did last week. This week’s exercise involves studying a “mentor text,” or a particular source (in a particular genre, for a particular publication) that uses a similar style that you’re working on for your Unit 3 piece.
With the “Know Your Publication” activity, you looked at publications and online forums where you might want to publish or present your work. Now, let’s look a little closer. Go back to this site (magazine, webpage, YouTube channel, etc.) and find a specific source that you like. This source should not be about your topic — that’s now what we’re looking at it for at this point. You’re just looking at what features (conventions) make this text fit this publication (and this genre!) This can be an article, TED Talk, YouTube video, etc.
*Remember: You’re not looking for any old text. You’re looking for an article that can be published in the magazine you want your work to be published in, or a YouTube video that fits on the channel you want your video to go on, etc. This should be a source you want to emulate.
Once you find your “mentor text,” answer the following questions:
- What tone/ type of language does this example use?
- How does this source use research? (e.g., do they quote from outside sources, use a lot of statistics, etc.)
- What can you tell us about this source visually (and auditorily, if applicable)? Does it use a lot of imagery and color? Is the layout very clean? Is there a soundtrack?
- How long is it? (words, pages, minutes)
- Who do you think is the audience of this source? What makes you think that?
- What aspects of this source would you like to emulate in your own writing? Why? How might you do that?
- What aspects of this source would you like to avoid in your own writing? Why? How will you do that?
Share your answers with the class by leaving them as a comment on this post by W 11/23 at 12pm (noon). Don’t forget to state, at the beginning of your comment:
- what your topic is
- who your intended audience is
- what genre you’re using for Unit 3
- what publication/forum you’ve looked at (provide a link too!)
- the mentor text (don’t forget the link!)