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LMartin Zines and Public Argument Assignment 2

LMartin Zines and Public Argument Assignment 2

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Published by Londie T. Martin
Essay #

5

and Group Project:

Public Argument Remix and Reflection
20% of Final Grade for the Course

“When I write a poem or a story—when I am synthesizing, some would say—I do a lot of analysis in the process. I pay fierce attention to the words I choose, the images I conjure, the sounds I create. I weigh. I compare. I evaluate both my sentences and my sense. I do this even as I am drafting and trying not to be too hard on myself so I can get plenty of language on the page. My ongoing analys
Essay #

5

and Group Project:

Public Argument Remix and Reflection
20% of Final Grade for the Course

“When I write a poem or a story—when I am synthesizing, some would say—I do a lot of analysis in the process. I pay fierce attention to the words I choose, the images I conjure, the sounds I create. I weigh. I compare. I evaluate both my sentences and my sense. I do this even as I am drafting and trying not to be too hard on myself so I can get plenty of language on the page. My ongoing analys

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L. Martin \ English 102
– 
047 \ Spring 2009 \ University of Arizona
1 | page
 
Essay # and Group Project:
Public Argument Remix and Reflection
20%
of Final Grade for the Course
When I write a poem or a story
when I am synthesizing, some would say
I do a lot of analysis in theprocess. I pay fierce attention to the words I choose, the images I conjure, the sounds I create. I weigh. Icompare. I evaluate both my sentences and my sense. I do this even as I am drafting and trying not to betoo hard on myself so I can get plenty of language on the page. My ongoing analysis leads to moresynthesis. Analysis helps me generate new images, connections, and echoes of language.When I write an article or book review, however
when I am primarily concerned with analyzing, somewould say
I also do a lot of synthesizing.
[. . .]
 . . . I see no dichotomy between analysis and synthesis. They are Fred and Ginger. Poncho and Cisco.Thelma and Louise. Yin and yang. Neither is as effective separately as it is when partnered with the other.Good writing, regardless of the mode of discourse, causes writers to think. That thinking involves aproductive dialectic between analysis and synthesis.
 
Tom Romano, on the line between analysis and synthesis
Writing with Passion: Life Stories, Multiple Genres
(1995)
 ,
pp. 5-6
Important Dates
4.13
 
Genre Workshop on Poetry and Short Prose Pieces: An in-class workshop for those who areinterested in writing poetry for their remix.
4.15
 
Genre Workshop on Comics, Graphic Novels, and Visual Rhetoric: An in-class workshop for those whoare interested in composing a visual argument for their remix.
4.24
 
Writing Workshop II: Bring 2 copies of your Public Argument Remix to class for peer response.
4.27
 
Writing Workshop III: Bring 2 copies of your Response Remix to class for peer response.
5.8
 
Final draft of your Individual Reflection Essay is due in my office between 8:30 and 10:30 am.
Purpose
The purpose of this assignment is to explore the relationship between analysis and synthesis, betweencontent and form. During this assignment, we will investigate how different forms of writing allow us, aswriters, to explore and re-present our arguments from different perspectives. Put differently, we will ask,
“How does an argument change when we rewrite it as a poem? As a comic? As a speech? Etc.”
Toaccomplish this, you will need to fulfill the
three parts that comprise this assignment 
:
 
Part One: Public Argument Remix
 
Part Two: Response Remix
 
Part Three: Individual Reflection Essay
You’ll find detailed descriptions of all three parts in the sections that follow.
 
The Assignment & Evaluation
In the following paragraphs, please note the
three parts that comprise this assignment 
. You will completeall of these parts individually (that is, on your own). However, the compositions that you write for
part one
and
part two
should be
included in your group’s zine
. The
third part 
the Individual Reflection Essay
will be composed individually, and you’ll t 
urn it in separately at the final exam. In other words, theIndividual Reflection Essay
does not need to go in your group’s zine.
 
5
 
 
L. Martin \ English 102
– 
047 \ Spring 2009 \ University of Arizona
2 | page
 
PART ONE.Public Argument Remix
(include this in your group’s zine)
 40 points of final grade for Essay #5
For this portion of the assignment, you will build on the work you are doing for Essay #4 (your DocumentedArticle) by reshaping your argument to fit a new and different genre or form. In other words, you will takethe argument you are exploring in your Documented Article and remix or re-vision it to fit a new writingstyle and form. The success of your Public Argument Remix will rest mainly on how well the new genre suitsyour purpose as a writer. To do this, you will need to consider your audience, your purpose as a writer, andthe subject of your argument. When you consider these three aspects of your rhetorical situation, what newgenre will make sense? In class, we will consider specific genres: poetry and visual compositions (comics,graphic novels, photography). However, there are many, many genres that you can select. Here is a brief list of other genres you might consider:
speech personal letter restaurant menuobituary phone conversation postcardrecipe memo editorialeulogy travel poster choose your own adventure narrativesatirical prose advice column directionsinvitation memory scrapbook pageautobiography timeline tabloid articleplay or screenplay short story photographic essayletter to an editor, politician, or public figure
dialogue via email, IM, Twitter, or other “chat” technology
 
Please remember, this is a brief list of possible genres, and I invite you to generate and explore otherpossibilities. Experiment! Invent! If you are unsure, please feel free to discuss your ideas with me.There is no page limit for this portion of the assignment. I will evaluate your Public Argument Remix byasking:
 
How well does the Public Argument Remix meet the needs of the audience you are addressing?
 
How well does it meet the conventions of the chosen genre? To fulfill this criterion, you will need toexamine samples of your chosen genre to figure out the elements that comprise it.
 
How well does the chosen genre suit the content or topic of your argument?
PART TWO.Response Remix
(include this in your group’s zine)
 40 points of final grade for Essay #5
For this portion of the assignment, you will evaluate the argument of one of your group members andcompose a response to it. In other words, this is your opportunity to consider the work of your groupmembers and assert your own perspective on their topic. This writing activity will also give you an
opportunity to build on the skills we’ve been exploring this semester: analysis, rhetorical listening, and
Rogerian argument. Furthermore, you will need to choose a genre that fits your response. For ideas, pleasesee the list of genres that I presented in the previous section.There is no page limit for this portion of the assignment. I will evaluate your Response Remix by asking:
 
How well do you summarize your group member’s argument? In other words, how well are you
practicing rhetorical listening?
 
How well do you analyze your group member’s argument? In other words,
does your writing showme that you und
erstand the logic, arrangement, and purpose of your group member’s argument?
 
 
How well does the chosen genre suit the content or topic of your response?

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