Unit 2 is going to have you select and investigate how a term is used. However, while in Unit 1 we used interviews to discover how various good writers view or define a writing feature, Unit 2 is going to use rhetorical analysis to understand how the use and meaning of a specific term changes across different texts
Overview of the Project:
- Choose a term whose meaning is somewhat vague or unclear to you—or that you notice you hear used in various ways.
- Find 3 texts that use that term. These texts can represent various genres—from a TikTok to a newspaper article to government documents.
- Code the texts’ use of the terms: identify all moments where the term is used, and how/its meaning in those moments. Compare 3 texts’ use and meanings. (Find Primary Sources)
- Examine each text’s rhetorical situation: understand how each factor of the Rhetorical Situation--rhetor, audience, text’s message and exigence, and constraints--influence the text.
- Form a hypothesis (preliminary argument) about the term’s meaning and its slippage, and why that matters for your readers’ awareness.
- Research necessary background and secondary information, pertinent to your argument. (Find Scholarly Articles)
In writing your paper and the annotated bibliography, you will use want to utilize a proper citation style (Citing Sources).