Hey group, some relevant details for Project 5:

  • Course reference numbers (CRNs) are as follows:
  • Section 021 (11:45) 12917
  • Section 033 (3:00) 12928
  • Section 038 (6:00) 12932

When you put your portfolio together, please include page numbers (everything is in one document, so it might be something like 40+ pages total).

Reflective Argument and Portfolio

Reminder: the reflective argument essay you compose for the portfolio project (Project 5) should be 5-6 pages long (typed, double-spaced, size 12 font, Times New Roman). The entire portfolio you submit, however, will be however long it needs to be to include the texts you are citing and including as appendices. The project description includes a template for you to use to organize this project. Copy and paste that template into a new word doc and incorporate your information accordingly.

Conferences, Monday 12/10

Below is a schedule of the conference times available this coming Monday and the names of students who have signed up for those slots. At this point, all slots are filled, but may open up. *PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU WILL NOT ATTEND SO THAT SOMEONE ELSE MAY ATTEND! Another option you have is to ask someone if you can come to their conference time with them! If you see a name of someone in your section, and you’d like to approach them about sharing a conference time, please do so. ALSO, PLAN ON ARRIVING A FEW MINUTES EARLY IN CASE WE CAN BEGIN YOUR CONFERENCE EARLY.

Thanks! Adrienne

  • 11:45 Rohan P.
  • 12:00 Hadi O.
  • 12:15 Ahmad S.
  • 12:30 Max J.
  • 12:45 Atia B.
  • 1:00 Fatima H.
  • 1:15 Janel G.
  • 1:30 Hossam H.
  • BREAK-I need to eat and stretch!
  • 2:30 Chris G.
  • 2:45 Saloni J.
  • 3:00 Rabiah N.
  • 3:15 Jorge S.
  • 3:30 Alicia B.
  • 3:45 Brian K.
  • 4:00 Kay D., Justin B.
  • 4:15 Mensah W.
  • 4:30 Hira K.
  • 4:45
  • BREAK!
  • 5:15 Roud A.
  • 5:30 Juxhin G.
  • 5:45 Mohammad A.

Generative Questions for Project 5 (Brainstorming)

The questions below may be helpful in thinking about the learning objectives as you prepare for the reflective argument essay.


  • What kinds of texts have I read or analyzed in the class (for class assignments? for my own research?)?
  • What strategies have I used to understand these texts?
  • How did I work to identify and evaluate (any) elements of the rhetorical situation in these texts (including genre, context, authors’ claims, evidence, organization, style, rhetorical strategies, persuasive effect)?


  • What does it mean to write effectively?
  • What rhetorical situations have I written for for this course?
  • How have I approached the writing process differently, depending on the rhetorical situation or the demands of the assignment?
  • What technologies have I used for writing?


  • How did I find sources for various projects?
  • How did I decide whether they would be useful for my project?
  • What kinds of sources did I use?
  • How did I find relevant information in these sources?
  • How did reviewing these sources help me think of specific ideas for my writing?
  • How or where did I include this source material in my projects? What did I do to make sure I did this appropriately?


  • How did I use reflection to make decisions about my assignments?
  • How did I use reflection to revise my texts?
  • What strategies from the class may I use in other writing situations? How?

Alternative Genre Proposal and Presentation (100 points total)

First, the proposal itself:

Rather than writing an essay, you will compose a proposal in a genre that is relevant to the discourse community you are addressing. To prepare for this, think about the genres that are used in the discourse community to promote change or present ideas. What will be persuasive to that group? You will share this artifact or genre you’ve created with the class, in preparation for potentially sharing it with the discourse community itself.

*Your group will need to make the decisions about the most relevant genre to present this proposal in. Making those choices as a group is part of the process of this assignment.

To prepare to generate ideas for this proposal, you might go back to an examination of the genres used in that d.c., or read the rest of the Devitt, Reiff, and Bawarshi text on public genres on the reading page (if your d.c. is a more public one).

We will hold group conferences on the alternative genre proposal and presentation in class on November 26 and 28 and December 3.

Second, in the group presentation, you will discuss the following:

  • Summarize the larger conversation that demonstrates the need for the change or solution you’re calling for.
  • Show the class the genre artifact you have created for presenting this proposal to the discourse community. Discuss why the genre you have chosen is relevant to the discourse community.
  • Explain your proposal to the class.
  • Be prepared to field questions from the class to clarify your ideas.

Prepare a Power Point or Prezi for this presentation. The presentations should be roughly 7-8 minutes apiece, though as you’re practicing and preparing, if it seems like they need to be more, we can talk about that. The max we can decide on is about 10 minutes per group.

The presentations will take place during class time Wednesday, December 5. There are no make-up days for these presentations. If you’re not present to share your presentation with the class, you do not receive credit for the presentation.

Rubrics for each of these components can be found on the Project page in the Project 4 file.

Appealing to the Audience

As we move past evaluating the problem and identifying our target audience, we will start thinking about how to appeal to that audience. Using logical evidence to support the argument is essential for these proposals. However, you are also likely to employ other kinds of appeals as you persuade the audience to accept or agree with your proposal.

Discussion: Let’s take a look at another one of the proposals on the 50 Ideas site:

Create three-year college degrees

  • What is your reaction to this proposal?
  • What appeals do you see the author using that might cause those reactions in the audience? (Or, what appeals is the author using to incite an intended reaction in the audience?)

Writing: Select one of the other proposals on the 50 Ideas site and analyze the appeals the author is using to persuade the audience (your group may decide to all look at the same one, for the purposes of in-depth discussion, or to examine different proposals, for a variety of responses). On your own blog, post responses to the following prompts:

  • Summarize the main ideas of the proposal in 2-3 sentences. Essentially, explain what is being proposed and why.
  • What rhetorical appeals is the author using to persuade the audience? Point to both the type of appeal and how it plays out in the proposal (use quotes or paraphrasing where needed).
  • Are these appeals working on you? Why or why not?
  • Will you use similar appeals in your project? Why or why not? If yes, how would you adapt these appeals to your audience? If no, why are these approaches irrelevant? (Your response may be a mix!)

Small group discussion: After everyone in your group has posted, take turns discussing what you’ve identified and how it may be applicable to your proposal argument. Submit the following outcomes on one group member’s blog:

  • Who is your target audience for the proposal?
  • What specific appeals might you use to persuade them?