Exercise 1: Exploring Real Technical
Rhetoric in Your Major.
Assigned during week 1 of class. collective
assignment (optional) with one or two others who have the same major as
Research and answer the following:
- Who most often writes and creates new knowledge in your
field? How is new knowledge normally shared in your major discipline or
intended occupational or professional field? I.e., by professional journals, newspapers, podcasts, on the factory floor or in the teacher's lounge, or what?
- What are the best, most well known, or most widely read
professional or academic journals
and publications in your field? Do they have special discounts for
students to subscribe?
- What are the best or most widely read
websites, search engines, online sources, blogs or web portals in your
- What is the expected standard format for scholarly or
professional articles or publications in your
field? (I.e., MLA, APA, IEEE, Chicago format, IMRAD, or what?)
- What are the major professional societies or scholarly
organizations in your field? Do they have student chapters, or
special deals for students to join?
- What are the major unions, labor organizations, or workplace and
groups in your field? Do they have student chapters or special deals for
students to join?
- What is the current socioeconomic or employment situation of
people working in your field or graduating with your major? How is
the current economic crisis affecting people in your major field or
intended area of work?
- What kind of texts will you and those who work in your field normally read
on a regular basis?
Consult with a professor in your major field to find these items.
Then, answer these eight questions in whatever specific detail is
necessary, and post in your Facebook
Notes within one week of assignment date. If you are working in a group,
each collective member must post answers on her/his own Facebook page. You may be asked to report on
this information orally for the class.
General Advice and
start this exercise as soon as possible!
Your grade will depend on the amount of information you collect,
and this information cannot be collected quickly, in a day or two.
time to proofread. Grammar,
punctuation, and spelling will profoundly influence your grade.
For an “A” or “B” on this project, the grammar,
punctuation, and spelling will need to be perfect.
If you are concerned about these areas of your writing, ask a
friend or tutor to help you proofread. You can do this!
Report to be posted on Facebook
Notes by beginning of 1/30/08 class.
O.W. 1/09. Thanks to Angela Petit for General Advice and