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Organizing Project 4

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This is the post for Tuesday, January 12, 2016.

Readings for January 12

Work for January 12

  • Use the Genre Analysis Examples to guide you as you gather information and draft your own report. You will work on different topics, but the arrangement and kind of information that they include is similar to what you need to work on.

  • To prepare for writing your report, compare the Tables of Contents for the Genre Analysis Examples, and complete the Project 4 Organization Quiz in Canvas by 11:59 PM. If you need more time, you have a 1-day grace period, which ends at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, 1/13.


Project 4 Overview

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This is the post for Monday, January 11, 2016.

Readings for January 11

Work for January 11

  • Choose your focus for Project 4, following the advice in Step One of the assignment. Consider the various kinds of writing you can examine in your report, and choose one that you have not yet written in your career but that you want to know how to write.

  • Write your proposal, following the instructions on the Genre Analysis Proposal page. If you need an extension, take advantage of the 1-day grace period for daily work. The proposal is an important part of the process, since it makes sure that you’re on the right track before you dive into writing the actual report, which is worth 30% of your course grade.

  • Begin your research for the project, and be sure to keep track of your sources for your bibliography. This is a large project, so I encourage you to work steadily over the next few days, rather than waiting until the last minute.


Genre Analysis Proposal

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After you spend some time thinking about the kind of writing you want to learn about in more detail, you will write a short, informal proposal that tells me what you propose to study. I will review and approve your proposal (or suggest some changes). Here are the details on what you need to do.

When Is the Proposal Due?

You will post your proposal in Assignments sections of Canvas by 11:59 PM Monday, January 11. Your proposal is worth 10 points of your overall grade for Project 4.

What Do You Write?

Write a short proposal in memo format that explains the genre (or kind) of writing that you will focus on for your report. Aim for 1.5–2 pages in length. You can return to Chapter 11 of Markel for additional help. Address the following points in your proposal:

  1. Background/Introduction
    Give some background on your genre, your experiences with it to date, what you already know, etc. Then explain your motivations for exploring this particular kind of writing by clearly stating, "I would like to study this genre for the following reasons: . . . ." (fill in the reasons).

  2. Areas to be Studied
    What are the key points you will explore/research? What are some questions you will ask and try to answer with this project? What do you intend to do with this project?

  3. Methods of Research
    What is your research strategy? What, exactly, are you planning to do to try to find answers to your questions?

  4. Qualifications
    What makes you qualified to do this research? What skills do you bring to the project that will help you deal with this topic effectively?

  5. Request for Approval
    Ask for approval; ask for guidance, articulate your biggest concerns at this point; ask for suggestions about next right steps; provide contact information.

What Happens After You Turn In Your Proposal?

I will read all the proposals and give you feedback on your plan ASAP. Keep working on your project as if you have approval.


Genre Analysis Examples

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As you begin work on your Genre Analysis Project, you can use these examples to guide your work.

Limited Access

I am limiting access to these examples since they were written by students in previous classes I taught. You will have to log into Google Drive, using your VT.EDU email address to access these files:


All of these examples are used with the permission of the students who wrote them. I have removed the names of the students and replaced them with the students’ major or field. You will put your name on your reports.

Future Examples

I am hoping to use some of your reports as examples for classes in the future. I will ask for your permission during the last week of class.


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