Category: 2nd Unit: Genre + Rhetoric Assignments (Page 1 of 23)


  1. Name 10 genres you encounter in your everyday life.


  1. Emails
  2. Phone calls

3.Social Media

  1. Texting
  2. Narrative
  3. Textbook
  4. Research paper
  5. Literature
  6. Non-fiction
  7. Science Fiction
  8. Name one or two that you like best and say why. Who is their audience? What sort of language do they use?

Answer: My favorites are phone calls and reading about the world.

Phone calls are easier to understand than texting which gets too many complications.

  1. What is your understanding of the term ‚Äúgenre‚ÄĚ?

Genre is a type of art, literature, and style. Everybody has a different type of genre.

Genre Writing








An example of the genre I chose to write in is: Non-Fiction Narration about the Steelpan.

An analysis of this genre is:

Myself.  Nadia Douglas, that will be writing about this non-fiction genre.  My audience will be the professor and or my fellow classmates.  The kind of community that has invested in or impacted by this writing is Pan Trinbago Inc. Pan Trinbago is union base organization form by the government of Trinidad and Tobago for working closely with musicians across the countries that are involve in the steelpan, all over the globe. Pan Trinbago are the ones who hosts most of the competitions Internationally and pay the players and or the Captain of the Steel band for their attendance and well-arranged song of choice.


Some key vocabulary or language that I might find that are common in this form of writing are: organization, incorporated, promotion, labor, steel band, musical, and group.  In this sort of genre, Pan Trinbago can effectively write to its audience and tell of the good things they are doing for the steel bands, and the communities, and the way in which they can help steel bands along the way.  They might have some by laws that they might operate by and some disciplinary act the Bands must follow when preparing for or entering a competition. Some of these things’ listings can sound appealing to a reader and cause them to either join the group or join a steel band.


I chose to write about the Steel Pan.  I play the steel pan.  I have a little skill in playing and my interest is to learn more about it, its history, and to become a better player.

Listening Assignment 1st Attempt

Got to the subway between 8:45 and 9:00 pm.

My report is based on what I actually heard. With this exercise, I tried to capture as much sound as possible, instead of trying to analyze more of what the people is actually taking about.

A man singing – word-¬† I just don’t understand. People talking – Train whisking by, screeching wheels, door opening – Stand clear – Next Stop is: Bergen street.¬† Doors shot, screeching, siren- buzzer, snack bags rattling, Train approaching, Train slowing down, screeches- another train approaching -sounds.- A little further, train leaving¬† station. People talking -Feet Walking – shoes dragging of the ground. Train approaches screeches of the brakes – announcements.¬† Stand clear – door closes¬† – brakes¬† screeches-¬† Man talking with heavy voice – Curse words.. or profanity uses of words [*********]. Bottle cap open- profanity – music playing – people talking – coughing – radio playing music from a boom box – it sounds like Spanish music playing loudly from¬† a cell phone – People laughing – man sniffing – throat clearing.¬† Train conductor reporting – any police officer on the train please report to the¬† conductor.¬† Step in and stand for the closing doors please.¬† wheels scraping against the tracks- air conditioner blowing – Train passing- coughs – loud video playing from a C.D player.

What kind of color you would like someone to identify or remember you?

I would like to be remembered for the colors of nature. This color can be more of a bright rich,¬† –¬†¬† grassy,¬† bloomy,¬† happy and free feel.¬† Things like ice-cream – pistachio, rum – nut, rum and raisin,¬† coconut, and Guinness flavors are tasty desserts I would like to be remembered for.¬† I would like be remembered for my smile – nature – and constructiveness.¬† Favorite food – drinks – peanut smoothies made with bananas and oatmeal.¬† Roti and Pelau which is a type of food from Trinidad and Tobago.

What skills do I have? РThat skill is playing the steel pan.  I play the steel pan at church concerts or other special functions.


My name is Nadia Douglas. I had a great day today.¬† I teach little children between ages 2 and 5 years old.¬† I reminded myself that today is going to be day one of school.¬† I did not make any arrangements with any other co-worker to hold on for me in my classroom, so I told myself that I would be late for class on my first day.¬† I left my job at 6′ O Clock.¬† My¬† class starts at 6’O clock.¬† ¬†Sometimes I¬† drive to school, but today I decided to¬† leave my car at school where I work and take a train.¬† I was glad when I made that decided because it did cut down on some time while trying to get here.¬† Usually it takes about 15 mins by train.

Genre: Children’s Literature/ Poetry/ Fiction/ Picture Book


Authors: Bill Martin, Jr; and John Archambault,

Published by:  Simon and Schuster in 1989

Page count: 36

Anthropomorphism Letters


This book is written about the letters of the alphabet.  It was written using a rhythmic style.  Its as if you are singing or chanting a song.  Based on the rhythmic  style, causes you to remember most of the story line or even easy recital without looking at all the  words in the book.

The letters of the alphabet raced  each other up a coconut tree, but unfortunately the tree could not hold all of their weight,  started to bend and the alphabet letters fell off the tree just like people and got cuts and bruises.

The letters of the Alphabet¬† cried for their mommy’s and daddy’s; their uncle’s and aunt’s; and their grandma’s and grandpa’s, just like human do.¬† But¬† after all, the letter “A” , just as a little child still did not learn his/her lesson, began to go back up the coconut tree and dare the others to race him/her.



COURSE: Main Course, Entrée

CUISINE: Trinidad and Tobago

KEYWORD: Steel Pan

AUTHOR: Nadia Douglas

INGREDIENTS: Oil Drums, High quality Steel, Heat – (Fire), Wood (to make sticks), Rubber – (for sticks).

Hammers – (sinking sledge-hammer) or shot-put; Protective gloves; Something to protect your ears form the noise; Ruler and pencil – to mark sinking circles; A compass – to make circles

Backing sledge-hammer; soothing hammer with a soft plastic head

Flexible ruler- to measure the note along the surface and the rim; Note templates; Pen, preferably an overhead marker to stick to the drum surface

Nail Punch; Grooving hammer

Marking stick or ruler; Electric hacksaw or cutlass; Chisel Plate shears and file – for trimming

Fireplace of some kind; Clock – for timing; Brush, soap and water – to clean the pan

Tuning hammers; Bending iron and a cutlass – to raise the outer notes, or Wooden wedges – specially shaped to raise the outer notes; Wooden stick to raise the notes of basses. Tuning stick; Padded stand or a truck tire – to put the pan on while tuning; A tuned instrument – as reference while tuning; Electronic tuning device – for fine tuning; A sticky or magnetic sheet – to damp interfering notes.

INSTRUCTIONS: Take an oil drum. Turn it upside down РOpen end facing downward, on the ground. Pound the bottom of the oil drum till its indented like a bowl. Concavity shape and depth depends on the type of  steel pan being made.  Use a template to cut out the shape of the notes on the pan, outlining it with a pencil or chalk or other similar marking material.  Use special hammer to flattened in-between  notes outlined.  Indent   the outline notes (grooving).   A Nail is used to indent or grove around the notes with a grooving hammer.  The skirt of the steel pan is measured and cut out using and electric hacksaw or cutlass or chisel.  Unwanted pieces may be removed.  The length of the skirt depends of the type of steel pan being made.  Rapid Tempering is done in order to hold the notes for a longer period of time.  The steel pan is placed faced downward and is heated until the notes turned a bluish color.  You can cool the pan by throwing cold water on it or it can be left to cool on it own.   After the pan is cooled, you use the special hammers for tuning by pounding on both sides of the notes simultaneously and until the correct pitch is formed by using an electric tuning device.  A protective finish coating is done (chroming) to prevent from rusting.

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