Major Assignment 1
I ended this major assignment with a reflection. I wrote out all of my thoughts throughout this assignment, and wrote them here.
When I first looked at the assignment, and the directions for the assignment I immediately felt overwhelmed and stressed. I looked at the 1200 word count and thought to myself, how was I going to pull this off. But somehow I did pull it off. I googled how many words are roughly in one paragraph and google answered “200 words”. So I took out a piece of paper and began an outline, I thought I would need around six paragraphs to complete this goal. However when I started writing I realized I could do this assignment using five paragraphs, so my outline was; paragraph one- introduction, paragraph two- genre, paragraph three- audience, paragraph four- rhetorical situation, and the final paragraph would be a conclusion. I did bullet points of what specific details I was going to talk about in each page, I found the citations and wrote what page number they were on, and I later thought that this was the easiest and most efficient way to write this assignment. While writing the outline for this assignment I found it was easy having each of my blog posts written down in a notebook. When I am writing a blog post, I write it down and answer the questions in a notebook. I saw that this made doing the major assignment a lot more time efficient. I also thought having my peers comment on my draft, made me more confident when writing the final draft. I like seeing what I should work on and what was good before turning in my actual major assignment one. I also liked seeing what my peers were writing, and their take on the assignment. Overall after writing my first major assignment in college and English, I feel like I am more prepared for my future assignments. I feel like I will have better time management, and know how to do the outlines to make the assignments less stressful.
This is my major assignment one, final draft. I added from the comments from my peers, also added some of my own thoughts along with more textual evidence.
8 Oct. 2020
To develop a writing theory you will need three major concepts. These concepts would include genre, audience, and rhetorical situation. Each of those concepts play a little part when authors are writing. The components would be the audience, the genre, and the rhetorical situation. I will be using Charles Bazerman What Writing Does and How It Does It, An Introduction to Analyzing Texts and Textual Practices. I will also be using Lloyd Bitzer The Rhetorical Situation. The audience is who the author is gearing their writing towards or they could be persuading their audience. The rhetorical situation is important to the writing piece because it gives the audience a situation to learn from. The rhetorical situation also gives the setting of their writing piece. The final concept would be the genres, you will learn there are three components that go along with the genre. You will also start to notice how these three concepts relate back to each other.
Some people might define genre as a category a writing piece is in, for an example like fiction or nonfiction. There are three major key components that go along with genre. Charles Bazerman talks about genre set, genre system, and system of activity. The first key component are genre sets which according to Bazerman are, “A Genre Set is the collection of types of texts someone in a particular role is likely to produce.”(Bazerman 318). The next key component would be genre systems, Bazerman states, “A Genre System is comprised of the several genre sets of people working together in an organized way, plus the patterned relations in the production, flow, and use of these documents.” (Bazerman 318). The final concept that goes along with genre would be the system of activity. According to Bazerman the definition of system of activity is, “This system of genres is also part of the system of activity of the class. In defining the system of genres people engage in you also identify a framework which organizes their work, attention, and accomplishment.” (Bazerman 319). Those three concepts tie together into what genre is, they also create a large portion of activity which has to deal with the rhetorical situation.
The rhetorical situation is a crucial part to a writing theory and writing in general. The rhetorical situation is what gives the audience a problem that they can learn from. In other words, the rhetorical situation gives the writing piece action in some way, since it has to perform a task. In Lloyd Bitzer’s writing “The Rhetorical Situation”, he describes in greater detail how the rhetorical situation produces action. Bitzer states, “… a work of rhetoric is pragmatic; it comes into existence for the sake of something beyond itself; it functions ultimately to produce action or change in the world; it performs some task.” (Bitzer 4). Bitzer also talks about in greater detail that the rhetorical situation gives a context of people, places, events, relations, and exigence. The people, places, events and relationships are important to writing since that is basically the setting of your piece. However, exigence would be the problem or situation of your writing piece. Bizter states, “Let us regard rhetorical situation as a natural context of persons, events, objects, relations, and exigence which strongly invites utterance; this invited utterance participates naturally in the situation, is in many instances necessary to the compilation of situational activity…”(Bitzer 5). This shows us that the rhetorical situation gives us the five main reasons for writing a piece. Bitzer gives an example that incorporates the five reasons, “In Malinowski’s examples, the situation is the fishing expedition- Consisting of objects, persons, events, and relations- and the ruling exigence, the success of the hunt.” (Bitszer 5).
Now that we have covered the two major concepts when developing a writing theory, the last concept is the audience. The audience is an important key component when writing since this would be the group of people you are directing your piece towards. The genre relates to the audience since the genre sets would be used as collections of texts used with a particular profession. For example doctors would not be using the same genre sets as a teacher would. According to Bazerman, he states, “The genre set written by a teacher of a particular course might consist of a syllabus, assignment sheets, personal notes on readings, notes for giving lectures and lesson plans for other kinds of classes, exam questions, email announcements to the class, replies to individual student queries and comments, comments and grades on student papers, and grade sheets at the end of the term.” (Bazerman 318). This shows that the genre sets of a teacher would be much different than a doctor, which is catering to different audiences. This would mean that there are two different audiences for each genre set. However, the audience is important to the rhetorical situation because it is who the author is giving the message to. This could lead to the audience being persuaded with what they believe in. According to Bitzer, he states, “Nor would I equate rhetorical situation with persuasive situation, which exists whenever an audience can be changed in belief or action by means of speech. Every audience at any moment is capable of being changed in some way by speech; a persuasive situation is altogether general.” (Bitzer 3). This shows why the audience is so important to your writing, if the author knows they are writing so an audience that does not share their beliefs, they could try to persuade them in doing so.
As you have read, there are many more concepts that go into a writing piece than most people would think. The rhetorical situation gives the writing action and activity, and also gives the writing a setting. The audience would be the group of people that are learning the lesson, also could be the group of people the author is persuading their writing towards. The genre relates to the other two components, it gives the writing action and activity, but also helps gear to a certain audience.
Bazerman, Charles; What Writing Does and How It Does It, An Introduction to Analyzing Texts and Textual Practices
Bitzer, Lloyd; The Rhetorical Situation
This is major assignment 1, my first draft of composing this assignment. I used this as an opportunity to layout my thoughts and then add to it for my final draft.
20 Sept. 2020
To develop a writing theory you will need three major concepts. These concepts would include genre, audience, and rhetorical situation. Each of those concepts play a little part when authors are writing. The audience is who the author is gearing their writing towards. The rhetorical situation is important to the writing piece because it gives the audience a situation to learn from.
The genre is, in my opinion, the most important piece when writing. The genre sets, genre system, and system of activity all are crucial in writing. When all of those categories are together, they all create activity in writing. This also ties together with the rhetorical situation because rhetorical situations also create action.
The audience is an important piece when developing a writing theory because this is what you are gearing your writing towards. This group of people will learn and take away something from the rhetorical situation.
The rhetorical situation is an important piece to a writing theory because this gives you a situation to write about. This creates action in your writing piece, just as the system of activity does with genres. This concept is what the audience will take with them when they are done reading, also teaches the audience a lesson.
As you have read, there are many more concepts that go into a writing theory than most people would think. The genre and rhetorical situation give the writing action and activity. And the audience is important because this is the group that is learning from the rhetorical situation, since that is the lesson that is being taught throughout the piece.