The following assignment was designed as a shorter brain-storming activity that will lead to a longer writing assignment for a freshman level writing class. The intention of this assignment is to achieve three goals:
- Teach students about using visual organizers to assist with the writing process.
- Provide students with the opportunity to compare two topics
- Help students to see connections between their topics.
A Venn diagram assignment is useful because it will help to generate discussion. It can also be used to provide information about a student’s thinking in regards to the larger assignment.
Short ASSIGNMENT OVERVIEW
Prompt: For this assignment you will create a Venn diagram in which you will compare and contrast the two audiences you plan to use for your Audience Analysis Essay. A Venn diagram is useful because it will help you to organize your information visually so that you can see the relationship between your chosen audiences.
Audience Analysis Essay Overview
Prompt: For this assignment, you will select a controversial topic and then write two arguments about it. Each of the arguments should be tailored to a different audience. You will then describe the rhetorical choices in you made when tailoring your argument to the needs of your audience. There are three parts to this assignment:
- Topic: Your topic should be controversial and timely. In this context the term timely means that the topic should be something that is currently under debate.
- Audience: You will have the most success if the argument you select very different audiences. Your audiences might differ in age, culture, or beliefs.
- Rhetorical Analysis: In this section of the assignment, you will describe the rhetorical choices you have made when crafting each of the arguments.
Sources: You should incorporate four sources into this assignment, two for each of the arguments. The sources you use should be appropriate for the audiences. You should use a minimum of one quote per source to support your arguments. The sources should be properly cited in-text and on a Works Cited page.
Ex: The New York Times is nationally recognized and reputable. Huffington Post or websites like that, may be be nationally known, but are not considered reputable.
Length: 1000 words total
- 400 words for argument A
- 400 words for argument B
- 200 words for the rhetorical analysis
I would give myself a “B” for this attempt. I think I could have been more thorough with this assignment. Part of the problem was the software. If I were to create this assignment for an actual class, I would have to find better options for students to use.