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Reflection Writing Project

Overview: For your first assignment, you will write a narrative on some experience you have had with technology. Work out your relationship with the technology, whether positive or negative, in this paper. The goal of this paper is to find out. Find out why your experience is significant. You do not have to know the answer when you choose your topic. Goals: Identify an appropriate audience for your reflection. Choose an appropriate genre for your audience and present your reflections in the appropriate tone, style, and level of formality for the genre. Relate your experience to others. Create multiple drafts, give and receive peer feedback, and prepare a final draft that reflects a multiple-step process and real consideration of feedback, proofreading, and revision Consult writing handbook, the writing center, peers to proofread and control surface features

Procedure: 1. Invention: use brainstorming techniques like listing, freewriting, clustering, and/or mapping to create a pool of possible experiences you have had with technology in class on August 29. a. Narrow your topic by asking questions about each experience on your list. Is this experience too broad (using computers) or too narrow (sharpening a pencil)? Can others relate to this experience? 2. Decide on the audience and the best way to deliver your reflection to that audience. a. Ask questions to determine the rhetorical situation and appropriate genre. To whom am I directly writing? b. Choose two different genres of reflective writing to share your experience. Which genre and medium will best serve my audience? 3. Draft your experience. a. Write to answer questions. How have I encountered technology? How would my life be different without this experience? Is this common or unique? Who can relate to this? Rhet 1311. 02 Page 1

Possible genres Narrative Photo Essay Literary narrative Essay

4. This piece is more than a story. Bring a sketch to class on September 5. We are writing to relate to our community with our experience. In class, we will help each other to identify themes in our experiences and think about ways to revise the draft so that readers are not just entertained by your story but also able to connect to some aspect. Revise with this connection in mind. 5. We will hold a peer review workshop for you to receive and give feedback about this project on September 10. Peer reviewers will do two things: reviewers can let you know if there were any parts of your project that they found confusing and can tell you the impression your project had on them. 6. After peer review, decide how to address confusions and if reviewers received from your writing the message and impression you had intended. Make necessary edits. 7. With a partner, exchange papers in class to proofread papers for surface features in September 12 class. Make necessary edits before turning in final draft. 8. Write a letter (1-2 pages) to me telling how you utilized all the WPA outcomes (found on page 1 of your syllabus), what feature you are most happy with in your project, what step in the process was the most challenging, what feature is your biggest concern in terms of the final product, and what about this project was new to you. Include this letter with your final copy when you submit online. (Your letter should conform to the conventions of a letter. Consult p. 412-413 in Rules for Writers if necessary.) 9. Bring one copy of reflection to class to share on September 14. Submit electronic copy by email in Blackboard.

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Addressing WPA Outcomes

Purpose: Audience:

Rhetorical Knowledge

Rhetorical Situation: Critical Thinking

Write to inquire about the significance of your experience. Read to learn how you can relate your experience to others. Observe another communitys interaction with technology, and use your personal observations to understand your own and the communitys relationship with technology. Consult secondary sources if necessary to gain further insight. Processes

Create multiple drafts (including invention, prewriting and planning, rough drafts, peer review, revisions, proofreading, and final draft). Consider feedback and return to invention and drafting more than once. Give and receive feedback based on the criteria in the rubric. Knowledge of Conventions

Apply appropriate format, tone, and mechanics for the genre and rhetorical situation. Proofread for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and syntax. Composing in Electronic Environments

Use the available means (word processor, desktop publisher, photo editing software, blogging sites, and/or online databases) to best deliver your message to the intended audience Submit your final draft and postscript through email in blackboard.

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