Technical Communication Chapter 5, Analyzing Your Audience and Purpose Chapter 1
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Chapter 5, Analyzing Your Audience and Purpose
Chapter 18, Writing Recommendation Reports
Determining the Rhetorical Situation in Project 1
What is the setup of Project 1?
Your team finds itself working on a large project for your workplace. Management has asked you to recommend the best collaborative tool for communication in projects. (You will need to invent a fictitious institution where you are an employee.) Management expects you to solve a problem, so you’ll need to take stock of your situation before you write anything. First, you need to identify the purpose, audience, and context of the report you will write. These three components, taken together, are called the “rhetorical situation.”
What do I do?
1. Research what “rhetorical situation” means. After your research, decide on a working definition of the rhetorical situation. This is important because you are going to find many different takes on noting the rhetorical situation, so you will need to have an educated opinion on it before going to step 2.
2. Then, your task is to choose one of these graphics that you think best characterizes the notion of the rhetorical situation according to your definition.
3. Use the components of the graphic to describe the rhetorical situation of each 1-5 below. If you used the graphic above, you would comment on, writer, audience, message, and context, and purpose for each element 1-5 below.
You can find the requirements of the parts below in Project #1. Don’t forget to look at the rubric because it spells out the ingredients of these documents. Looking at these will definitely help you to spell out the rhetorical situation.
Team proposal, charter, and task schedule
Please don’t underwhelm with your description of the elements of the rhetorical situation. Important: You will have to use some creative license to invent your workplace. Without doing that, you don’t have the “situation” part.
(You may want to create a table with elements so the rhetorical situation (audience, purpose, etc.) on the Y-axis and the components on the X-axis. Then just fill in the cells with your answers.)
4. Post your answers to DD2HW2: (INDIVIDUAL) The Rhetorical Situation,
4. Choose 2 components of Project 1 from the list in step #3. Respond to your group members’ posts. Explain how their analysis of the rhetorical situation will enhance your understanding of it. In other words, what have they identified in it that may alter/improve your approach to writing the assignments in step #3 above. For example, did a peer shed light on the needs of the reader of your report? Or perhaps one of your peers described the exigency of the report (the circumstances that prompted it), which helps you to understand the situation better. Read closely and answer with care.
Tip: In this response, give classmates an idea of how you interpret the rhetorical situation based on the assignment details. The proposal, team charter, task schedule, research report, and instructions are all areas you are beginning to understand/create. So based upon your school of studies (discipline) and the outline of Project 1, how might you complete the following ideas. This is practice and sort of an offering to your classmates to see how your thoughts might be similar or different. By creating ideas of how you envision this project, you allow classmates to see how your ideas might mesh/build-upon their ideas for Project 1. As you move into the project, this chart will house your specific ideas. So keep this building block around for future activities.
Your post should include:
Either a table or list of your analysis of the rhetorical situation for the pieces of the project.
An outline of the rhetorical situation attachment for your proposal memo
The reflection paragraph about how the elements of the rhetorical situation impact each other.
Rubric, discussion post includes:
Initial discussion of
table/notes about the rhetorical situation for the multiple project pieces
an outline of the rhetorical situation
a reflection para on elements and rhetorical situation
Reflection discusses how this activity helps you work toward Project #1