Free write: 7 Characteristics of genre

7 Characteristics of genre:

-social: help people make sense of shared social experiences

-dynamic: have purposeful choices within in, they are stable

-rhetorical: stable and fluid (purposeful; you’re doing something with intent in mind), since they are you know theres a mix of things to choose from

-historical: the genre itself: are about Antecedent genre: off spring things comes from

-Cultural: macro level of context then micro… R.Williams: culture is a particular way of life, of a time and a place, other things experienced by a group that understands itself as a identifiable group. Cultures define what genre looks like *ex:social media platforms *ex: scientists use lab reports not poems

- situated: micro level of genre:  situation determines type of genre your’e going to see. ex: note on car could be a ticket or note depending on you. Ex: slideshow for wedding makes you happy, same photos can make you sad if you used for a funeral book

  -ideological: think about values, ideologies are sets of value systems. Genres have value system depending on how much you use them you may later adapt them.

Julies Notes :


-cant be defined just like you cant really define yourself completely

-are representative of our lives

-any social act can be discussed in terms of genres

-ways of being in the world, there are so many ways of doing and saying things etc

*”Genres pervade lives. People use them, consciously and unconsciously, creatively and formulaically, for social functions and individual purposes, with critical awareness and blind immersion, in the past and yet today. They shape our experiences, and our experiences shape them. As we study and teach these ways of acting symbolically with others, we may be approaching an understanding not just of genres but the messy ways that human beings get along in their worlds” (Devitte,Writing 219).


Characteristics of genre are the foundation

Originally when asked what “genre” was I thought it was a simple thing to define. To me it was a category that met a certain criteria for describing music and writing or movies. After reading the article by Dean’s “Genre Theory”, I realized that there was more to the word. The article breaks down genre into having characteristics and similarities between each other. The characteristics of genre are the foundation of understanding genre in different contexts.

The article opens with “Genre Theory” Explanations.

“The vises of genre theory that help it address instructional challenges underscore the new way genre is being defined.” As I read the intro it made me form a question “What does it mean for writing to be socially constructed?” but I did grasp Millers theory that a genre is used to accomplish action rather than the form a genre takes or the situation that it a rises.
I read that genres can be rhetorical, meaning that someone can choose from many choices in order to fulfill their needs based on each situation. Similar to asking someone a rhetorical question, that person can think about all of the options and try to find the best fit. Initially I didn’t understand but a classmate compared it to a rhetorical question and it helped me better piece the concept.

“Genres pervade lives. People use them, consciously and unconsciously, Creatively and formulaically, for social functions and individual purposes, With critical awareness and blind immersion, in the past and yet today. They shape our experiences and our experiences shape them.”

This I understood of course it was new to me but I got it. I had to Google both pervade (spread through and be perceived in every part of) and formulaically (containing a verbal  formula or set form of words; followed rule or style)

The concept that genres are dynamic is fairly easy to grasp. “Their ability to be flexible also contributes to their dynamic nature: because genres can adapt, they also change.”  Also, their ability of genres to respond to and affect situation is part of what makes them dynamic.

Flexibility and Stability: Genres are actions “recognize mothers day card due to things that are stable, you know its not a flyer for a fish fry” Each card can differ though due to pop ups, music, etc

“Because genres don’t exist in a vacuum, our response to a situation can be guided by past responses.” Helped me better understand the historical context of genre.

Things I didn’t understand:

-The situated characteristic. It operates under the “micro level” of context and that “Such a context differs slightly from traditional views of the rhetorical situation.”

-How do genres help people make sense of shared personal experiences?

The Little Ones (Group Contribution Copy)

In recent years, cancer fundraising and awareness events has become an easy way for people to express support in the fight for a cure. However, studies indicate that not many people actually learn more about cancer from awareness activities. Furthermore, fundraising and awareness are poorly distributed through different types of cancer, meaning, some cancers are receiving millions of dollars annually, while smaller cancers struggle to to finance the basic needs of treatment.

No matter the survival rate, ‘popularity’, or funding, cancer is a scary disease that deeply touches the lives of people across the world. What makes this fact scarier is that some people do not understand the several different forms that cancer can take and how it can effect patients in more ways than just physical health.

The Little Ones is an online foundation that provides resources to educate others on several different aspects of smaller, less common cancers. Resources include patient video logs, blog posts, and articles that introduce different perspectives of the effects of cancer that they may not have known of before.

The Little Ones will also provide articles that will allow patients and family members to think beyond the medical treatment of cancer, such as emotional and spiritual health. Research has proven that stable emotional health plays a major role in cancer treatment, but it is also the hardest to maintain during such a difficult journey. Video logs of actual cancer patients during their treatment will be included in this website, providing hope and comfort to all those who are involved in the journey to treatment.

Finding the cure to cancer is not an easy task, but if there is equality in attention and fundraising in all different types and effects of cancer, we can bring ourself that much closer to a cure.

Call for Submissions Journal Cancer _______

Call for submissions journal ______

Cancer support

-Cancer funding

-Cancer regimens

-Cancer theories

-Cancer research

-Cancer narratives (news, journalism,pop culture)

-Cancer narrative medicine

-Cancer Survivorship

*talks about Two immunotherapy drugs are showing promise for treating patients with Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) who failed to respond to other therapies.

*Development of naturally derived anticancer drugs, therefore, is crucial, and isolation of novel compounds has become an important part of cancer research.

*Phytochemicals are chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants

*deals with caring for patients linked me to Dan Lufig

“So what I’ve begun this past week is to divide this time into five minutes of such self-indulgence and five minutes of mindful positive thoughts towards my patients. I don’t really have a good explanation for why I’m doing this other than the fact that it just feels right. (And if those prayer studies are to be believed, it may constitute some cost-effective healthcare as well.”

*this stuck out to me because It shows that some doctors don’t suffer from a doctor patient gap, this guy sounds like he’s there for his patients even out side of work, he manages to incorporate other peoples issues into his own state of prayer or meditation

*objective: evaluate the mode of delivery of a stress management intervention, in a group or individual setting, on self-reported cancer-related traumatic stress symptoms. A secondary aim was to evaluate a stepped care approach 

Class Facilitation: Analysis and Reflection & Writing

Class Facilitation:

Analysis and Reflection & Writing -(Kelsea, Alexa, Tyler, Manny, Chase)

Reflection : 

a thought occurring in consideration or meditation.

Uses of reflection: regrets, books, movies, changes as a person, reading/ writing in journals

Reflection can be used throughout the day

– the class took a trip down memory lane by viewing our old blog posts and trying to see if our opinions had changed or if we learned anything new since then that could be applied

Midterm Evaluation

Starjah: The Quest

-the moment was missing, analysis, and the walk away was present

-I liked the fact that this class made the writer enjoy writing more

Katherine: In That One Moment, I Became a Better Writer

-the moment was there, analysis, and the walk away were present

-I liked the fact that she took a weakness and turned it into a strength

I just got to see how my opinions have altered throughout the course on different things. I didn’t learn anything new today, of course my draft needs work its a draft I’ll probably head in new directions after I reflect a bit more. I felt good about the assignment prior to class today so unfortunately this discussion didn’t “better prepare me for the midterm assignment. This was my favorite facilitation by far though, the class was involved, it was more opinion based and reflection is always pretty easy to tackle.

In the grand scheme of things

I was asked to read some of information that my group gathered individually. Reading each persons piece helped me take in new information and be able to rely on new sources.

Megan’s inquiry log 3 post, she talks about how there are problems with communication between doctors and patients. Kayla’s inquiry log 2 talks about how she wishes there could be more “equality” in the cancer world. Immanuel’s Inquiry Log 2 talks about how breast cancer can be a gateway to increase the awareness of other cancers because all cancers need to be made aware of due to funding, prevention, and learning early symptoms.

In the grand scheme of things we’re moving into new directions. Ultimately we just all seem to be focusing on cancer patients and what they go through. There should be more awareness for all cancers no matter where they stand on the scale of more deadly, or more people affected. There should be more support from organizations, and even doctors.

My group members each did a great job with their inquiries. Ultimately I see that our inquiry about cancer is growing as we find other ways to expand our initial inquiry question. We’ve formed questions about the main purpose of partaking in cancer awareness, whether or not there is enough support for cancer patients, and the mental/emotional health of a person diagnosed with cancer.

Points in a Reflection Piece

There are 3 primary areas of reflection

1.Identify: capture a moment that is a significant to you as a writer so that you can come back a have a new perspective or elaborate on it. The moment doesn’t have to have changed you

2.Analyze: framework can be a religious, class room, ethics, writing class stance. think of ideas and try to relate them to something personal, question them, take other people’s opinions & questions into account

3.Articulate: form new understandings, making walk away statements, what learning took place, shows change in thinking… notice challenges and accomplishments “In the future I will” – isn’t necessary

*True work of reflection isn’t a summary, or just a free write. You need all 3 components not necessarily in that order.


Argument in relationship

1. think of the actual argument recall how angry you were, mean things said etc

2. You can think of what the bigger picture, what did the argument stem from, what was trying to be said that wasn’t necessarily said

3. I need to learn to listen to understand and not listen to respond