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travel writing + rhetorical analysis essay

The RIP assignment has two parts: project and essay.

1. project(travel writing):

  • Write your own travel-related text, with your choice of purpose, message, point of view, audience, context, and genre conventions. You may choose to include visual elements, but your project should be predominantly written text.
  • Message and Purpose: First, what’s your message going to be? What do you want to portray about either your class text or class theme? Think about this specifically and complexly—what are the new insights you can bring to the table? What are arguments that you can make?
  • Audience: Once you decide your message, whom do you want to target? Why? And what are going to be the expectations of this audience? What might be difficult in addressing them? Think specifically about who they are and what their expectations will be. How will that affect your appeals to them?
  • Context: What’s the historical and cultural context of this project? Is this taking place right now? Where and when? How does that influence the project? See the AGWR 39B chapter for more details about exploring context.
  • Genre:Write your own travel-related text, with your choice of purpose, message, point of view, audience, context, and genre conventions. You may choose to include visual elements, but your project should be predominantly written text.
    Some examples:
  • A travel guide to a real or fictional place
  • A travel essay, modeled on one of our course readings
  • A magazine issue or feature article on travel or some other topic related to travel (e.g., food)
  • A review of a recent travelogue or travel anthology, a film about travel, story collection, etc.
  • A newspaper opinion piece addressed to a specific segment of the public that makes an argument about some significant aspect of travel and modern life.
  • *The only genre you may NOT write is a short story.

2. Essay:

You will also write a rhetorical analysis of your own work that analyzes the rhetorical choices you made. The essay should build on your work in the RA essay and indicate how you’re applying your rhetorical know-how. You’ll include secondary sources that demonstrate, among other things, your understanding of your chosen genre and your understanding of the texts/ideas you’ve studied throughout the quarter.

*The companion essay is worth as much as the project itself. Together, the RIP Project and Essay should be comparable in length and substance to the RA (1800+ words). (project1000 rhetorical analysis essay 800)

Outcomes

  • Develop clear cogent analyses and convincing arguments about rhetorical choices
  • Identify and articulate genre expectations, situating the text at hand within a larger conversation in a particular rhetorical situation, with a particular audience
  • Select credible and pertinent material from readings and outside texts to support a point or argument and illustrate awareness of viewpoints and competing arguments
  • Situate, integrate, and contextualize different types of evidence effectively while distinguishing the writer’s voice from those of sources.
  • Demonstrate effective organization and style – for a particular purpose, within a particular genre, to a particular audience
  • Connect rhetorical choices from class readings to their own projects, applying these principles to your own purposes effectively and appropriately
  • Rewrite and edit language, style, tone, and sentence structure according to genre and audience expectations
  • Practice applying citation conventions systematically in your own work
  • Plan and execute a revision process that does not rely only on direction from the instructor, developing ownership of both process and product to revise purposefully
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