Genre Awareness Low-Stakes Homework

I might have students do a post like the one below.

For todays post, you are going to find and analyze an example of a genre, or  kind of text,  with which you frequently engage.  Make sure to think about texts broadly::

“In academic terms, a text is anything that conveys a set of meanings to the person who examines it. You might have thought that texts were limited to written materials, such as books, magazines, newspapers, and ‘zines (an informal term for magazine that refers especially to fanzines and webzines). Those items are indeed texts—but so are movies, paintings, television shows, songs, political cartoons, online materials, advertisements, maps, works of art, and even rooms full of people. If we can look at something, explore it, find layers of meaning in it, and draw information and conclusions from it, we’re looking at a text. (

For your homework, post an example of the kind of text you have chosen. Then below the example, answer the following questions about your text:

  1. Why do you personally use these kinds of text?
  2. What kind of people seek out these kinds of text?  Why? (Here you might think about age group, interests, profession or professional aspirations, etc.)
  3. What do you see as the main elements of this kind of text, including the length, tone, format, organization, and other key features? Make a list.
  4. Where is this kind of text found? How is it made available for consumption?

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