- Download and open the “Issue, Audience, and Genre Analysis Worksheet” document included in the assignment on Blackboard.
- Enter your responses to the questions directly on the worksheet.
- NOTE that you are not writing a formal essay; you are answering a series of questions only.
- You should have two well-developed paragraphs, each with cited evidence, per question.
The bulk of your grade will be based on the substance and critical analyses in your responses.
Save your file using the following file naming protocol: LateNameAnalysis [i.e. WootenAnalysis].
Your understanding of the issue, the audience, and your own stance will be more impressive if you use the most credible evidence you can find to support and illustrate your claims. At least one of your sources must come from a scholarly journal. The bulk of your evidence should reflect an in-depth use of the library databases.
Make sure you effectively and ethically integrate your sources and cite them accurately.
Do not cite popular sources, to include Wikipedia, About.com, TIME Magazine, USA Today, etc. Audiences who have decision-making authority over an issue will expect highly reputable sources as evidence.
Consider this an academic essay. Include a references (APA) page or works cited (MLA) page at the end of this document. Edit and proofread your work.
By the end of this process, you should be able to do the following:
- To research and analyze an active conversation about an issue relevant to your field of study
- To develop a research question about that issue
- To identify and analyze an audience who has decision-making authority over that issue.
- Analyze that audience and discover how that audience will affect your research and writing.
- Analyze the advocacy letter genre you will use to write to that audience to learn how it will shape your final argument.
- Find, evaluate, integrate, and cite highly credible sources