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).


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.

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

Free write 02/04/15

Discourse Communities having ties to others can create conflict.

Just because you master the 5 paragraph essay doesn’t automatically make you a “good writer”

Harris expresses frustration with “the common way of talking about a subject”

Student writing isn’t fully separated from academic writing

you can’t say there are multiple academic discourses

Places differ when it comes to laws, and rules…

Consequences are strains on individualism within a discourse community

Community can be negative and it isn’t alway positive.. sometimes you have to suppress self

Harris and Swales help you learn about inquiry

Burkes Parlor

– a debate is being had, an ongoing one, no one is being persuaded to the others side

– even as you let go of the topic, even leave it, afterwards it’s still being debated

Inquiry Assignment

Writing is bottom up not top down, no thesis statement for our inquiry

Free Write 02/02/2015

Discourse Communities

-may change as your working toward a new or a different goal

Different types of communication

-face to face

-via phone

-via internet

Contribution inside discourse community

-exchanging in order to be a contributor of the community. You share info for goal connected in

Discourse has certain genres

Genre: goes with literature, music, movies, etc

Specific Lexis

-deals with lingo, or vocabulary that you use for a specific thing like phrases in a restaurant

Discourse communities have values and belief systems

-this dictates things that you do in writing

Class Facilitation (Literacies and/in Contexts & Writing/Composing)

“Literacies and/in Contexts & Writing/Composing” Group

People are judged based on writing alone which shouldn’t be the case

People specialize in different areas

We all possess both strengths and weaknesses

*Video Joshua Bell playing the violin in DC metro station

-very talented musician when he does a free “concert” in a metro station no one was paying attention yet usually people pay to hear him play he’s sold out in theatre’s.

-the context of the situation can change people’s reaction

-all of this can go with writing, if someone is interested in what you write they can read it with a better attitude, or can appreciate it better

-articles vary by genre due to their context for example you would not write a paper with the same format that you would when writing a paper for a grade in an english class

*Symbolism varies among us

– due to things like history, personal views, experiences

– knowing the context of things is important

– when translating meaning can be lost

Power, Adaptation, Grace

“Although literacy is a problem of pressing national concern, we have yet to discover or set its boundaries”

—Scribner arid Cole, “Metaphors,” paraphrasing George McGovern in 1978

This particular quote stuck out to me because if its such a concern why isn’t more being done about this? In addition to this I’ve never heard much about this issue, therefore more awareness should probably be given on the topic.

I think that the fact that Bush felt that if you teach a child to read they could pass a reading test was such bs because just because you can read doesn’t mean you fully understand exactly what you are reading. You can read something and not mispronounce anything, read fluently, etc and not be able to even explain all that you just read. Reading test for example the EOG’s in elementary wants you to read and then answer questions about what you read. So your ability to grasp concepts is more important.

Classmate said: “everyone doesn’t have the same strengths.. its like telling a monkey, fish and elephant they will all be given the same test to be fair but the test is to climb a tree.

standardized test don’t really measure how smart you are.

the 5 paragraph concept should be a basis for your work.

Metaphor gives us insight on how we perceiver the world.

We see literacy in 3 different ways

power: upward mobility

adaptation: you need it to get by in the world

grace: you are more human, better, have a better capacity for knowledge, more spiritual growth

It doesn’t sit well with me that teachers aren’t teaching teach. I feel like we’re being taught to just pass standardized tests and things of that nature just to look better as whole as a nation. Having good test scores in order to compete with other countries. We’re constantly being tested and instead of actually learning and being unique we are all the same and we do more remembering and rehearsal of info just for a test and then we forget.