Essay Help-Developed Writing Project #3(200 Points)
- Final Draft Due Report with contact information for interviewee, interview notes and genre texts.
Audience: I am your audience.
Requirements: Because workplace report formats vary widely, it’s difficult to give a page requirement for this assignment. Although your report will be single-spaced, I would suggest making sure that your workplace report equals a six-eightpage, typed, double-spaced paper. (1500-2000 words)
What is a Workplace report?
Reports in the workplace vary, of course, depending upon the field, purpose, and many other factors. You can use the National Commission on Writing’s report on workplace writing as an example or any other workplace report you may find during your research. Your report should use headings to separate different sections (you can break specific sections down too). Most of your text will be in block paragraphs. You will probably use bullet-points to set off ideas within a section. We will look at some examples in class.
- Interview a person or persons who work in a career areayou are interested in. You should conduct the interview in person, although you may choose to do follow up questions by email or telephone. If there is a compelling reason for doing a telephone/Skype interview, you should discuss it with me before you begin. Find out what kinds of written communication skills you will need, what kinds of writing you will be expected to do, and what formats, genres, and audiences you will need to deal with.
- Collecta minimum of two samples of writing from your field. (Your interviewee might be able to provide this—but you shouldn’t count on that.) Then you will analyze this writing in order to determine the qualities and characteristics of writing in your field. This may include (but isn’t limited to) rhetorical profile and consideration of ethos (how is ethos established?).
The goals of this analysis are to become more aware of the writing styles and situations in your intended profession, as well as to demonstrate your ability to apply rhetorical analysis to a text.
- Write a report describing what you have learned about the kinds of written communication skills you will need in your chosen field. Specific instructions for organization are explained below. Here are some questions to get you thinking. What kinds of writing will you be expected to do? What are the formats, genres, styles and audiences will you be working with? You might also want to consider the extent to which you feel prepared for these tasks, what you will need to learn, etc. You may want to compare your field with what you found out about another field during class sharing (optional). Finally, don’t feel limited by these questions. Feel free to present any interesting information you gained during your interview!
Your report should have four major sections. You are welcome to organize within those sections however you choose, ideally using the form appropriate to your field. Whatever form you choose, your report should have different sections with headers and be single spaced.
- Part One—background information on the interview and your interviewee. When and where you conducted the interview, how long he/she has held his/her current position. What were the steps leading to this position? (250-300 words)
- Part Two—what you have learned about writing in this field or discipline. This should be fully developed and consider all aspects of written communication. (500-750 words.)
- Part Three—analysis of the texts you have collected. (500-750 words)See guidelines below. You might choose instead to incorporate information from your analysis into Part Two – either way is fine.
- Part Four—Consider your writing future. What, if anything, surprised you about what you have learned? What will you need to learn to be a successful writer? What parts of writing in your future work concern you? What are you looking forward to? (250 words).
Text Analysis (Part Three above)
Choose two different kinds of documents for this analysis. You can compare/contrast them or write about them separately—whichever seems most logical to you. Needless to say, choosing an email and a standard contract, for instance, wouldn’t give you much to work with. The meatier the document, the easier this assignment will be. Also, don’t be afraid of large documents like reports. You can answer the general questions as easily for longer documents as for short ones. For the textual analysis questions, you can work with specific sections of the document. Be sure to support your analysis with direct citations from the text.
You should work to answer most of the following questions (these questions should guide you, but you shouldn’t simply answer them in a list):
- What is the document?
- Where did it come from and who produced it?
- Who is the intended audience (or audiences) for the text?
- What is the purpose of the document?
- How, if at all, are ethos, pathos and logos apparent in the text? What seem to be the values implied in the text?
- What do you notice about the language (of course, the answer to this will help you address the above questions too)? Is there jargon? Euphemistic language and/or buzzwords? What is the tone of the text? Is there a voice—can you here the writer or is it meant to be more neutral?
- Bonus: using Winston Weather’s Rhetorical Profile, how would you describe the level and texture of the writing? Be sure to explain your answer.
Considering the information above, what observations can you make about these texts overall? In what ways might they be seen to reflect the workplace or field that you are researching?
Major Learning Goals for this Assignment
- Identify individual discourse communities and find and analyze their characteristic texts, evaluate their credibility and principles, and apply relevant aspects of their information to other contexts and arguments
- Analyze the details of a wide variety of writing situations (textual elements such as tone, evidence, organizational patterns, diction, even visuals) according to the author’s purpose as well as the audience’s needs and tastes
- Use “language about language” that enables a writer to reflect on the use of rhetorical strategies as well as strengths, difficulties, and progress as a working writer
- Apply critical reading strategies to a variety of publicly and individually produced texts
- Understand the ways various discourse communities use different strategies for conveying information, researching information, and evaluating and analyzing information
- Analyze audience expectations about conventions and address them in critical ways
- Sustain reasonable correctness in grammar and mechanics to perform well in a variety of writing contexts and professional settings