I’m glad we spent most of class yesterday working with hypothetical data, and I hope you’re beginning to see how you can blend the data from your primary research with the sources you read for the Annotated Bibliography. Next week, we will take a few more small steps forward on the Research Paper, and we will continue our discussion about the rhetorical situation. Here are the specific plans for each day of class:
- By the time you come to class on Tuesday, you should have completed your primary data collection, unless you have negotiated an exception with me. As you begin reviewing your data, try to draw some tentative conclusions about the argument you want to make in your paper. Building on the ideas in the articles you summarized for your Annotated Bibliography, complete this Argument Summary Exercise before you come to class. (In Google Docs, select File > Make a Copy, then fill in the blanks and print out your finished paragraph.) In addition, please read “Rhetorical Situations and Their Constituents,” by Keith Grant-Davie (WAW, pp. 101–19), and be ready to discuss the article.
- On Thursday, we will discuss “Rhetorical Reading Strategies and the Construction of Meaning,” by Christina Haas and Linda Flower (WAW, pp. 120–38). In addition, we will pick up where we left off last week with our data interpretation exercise. By this point, you should have begun crunching the numbers and/or identifying themes in your data. Please come to class ready to share your findings with your peers.
If you have any questions about these plans, please let me know. Also, don’t forget to put our upcoming play on your calendar: Wednesday, November 9, at 7:00 p.m. If you need to register for classes on that night and have not notified me by email, please do so this weekend so I can swap your ticket for another day.