discourse community

 
Paper instructions:
This essay will demonstrate your understanding of discourse communities and how communication affects your life. It should follow the guidelines of standard American English, MLA formatting and citation, and the guidelines on this assignment sheet equally.

Prompt: Choose a discourse community to study, and one of the three options below:

ANALYSIS: Analyze a piece of writing by a member of the community. How does this piece of writing display and support the characteristics of a discourse community? Choose 3-4 criteria.

COMPARISON: Identify an issue that is debated within and about the community. Why do these views conflict, and how does the group communicate about this conflict?

CAUSAL ANALYSIS: Research a brief history of the community. Identify 3 ways the community has changed. Explain what caused the changes, and the affect the changes had on the community, including their communication style.

Grading:

You should choose a discourse community with a size appropriate to the depth of your paper. You will be graded on your ability to use the relevant vocabulary about discourse communities learned in the unit, on your ability to select and document appropriate research, and on your critical analysis of how writing. See attached rubric.

Methods of Research:

You will be required to include two sources, and at least one must be written by a member of the discourse community. Your essay will use these documents to explore rhetorical use of communication and language within a group.

Format:

800-1000 words in MLA Formatting

Use MLA documentation conventions including a Works Cited page

ENC1102  Composition 2

English Communications  Valencia College East Professor Kirsten Holt

Discourse Communities

Structure

Grammar

Citations

Format

A

Discussion of DC is critical and thought-provoking. Shows a clear understanding of the DC and the vocabulary necessary to discuss a variety of issues. Choice of DC is accurate for length of paper.

Thesis is clear and meets all criteria. Roadmap provided. Intro sets up argument. Topic sentences are used well in all paragraphs. Transitions move essay along nicely. Conclusion is meaningful and summative.

The vocabulary level is exceptional for college-level writing. Sentences are clear and concise. Few, if any, minor spelling and punctuation issues.

Works cited page is alphabetized, hanging indented, and spaced properly. Min sources met. All sources cited in text properly. Sources included maintain flow of paper.

MLA heading, spacing, title, margins, font and size correct. Length met. Title is creative and appropriate.

B

Discussion of DC is appropriate and accurate. Uses the appropriate vocabulary learned in the unit. Choice of DC is accurate for length of paper.

Thesis meets all criteria but could be written better. Roadmap unclear but an attempt was made. Intro not detailed enough. Topic sentences sometimes used. Transitions sometimes used. Conclusion only summative.

The vocabulary level is appropriate for college-level writing. Sentences are clear, though perhaps unvaried. Some spelling and punctuation errors.

Works cited page is formatted correctly with minimal errors. Min sources met. Most sources cited in text properly. Sources included mostly maintain flow of paper.

MLA heading, spacing, title, margins, font and size mostly correct. Length met. Title is appropriate.

C

Discussion of DC is surface-level, but accurate. Some use of the vocabulary learned in the unit. Choice of DC could be more broad/narrow.

Thesis meets some criteria. Roadmap attempted. Intro only set up topic and thesis. Topic sentences mediocre. Transitions mediocre. Conclusion is too short.

The vocabulary level is average for college-level writing. Sentences lack clarity. Several spelling and punctuation errors.

Works cited page has some errors. Min sources met. Sources sometimes cited in text, sometimes properly. Sources often disrupt flow of paper.

MLA heading, spacing, title, margins, font and size mostly correct. Length met. Title only restates the topic.

D

Choice of DC is inappropriate for length of paper. Discussion of DC, thus, is either brief or unfocused. Lack of, or poor use of unit vocabulary.

Thesis unclear or hard to find. Roadmap barely implied. Intro too short, jumps into argument without set up. Topic sentences and transitions rarely used. Conclusion unsuccessful.

The vocabulary level is below college-level. Sentences are often difficult to comprehend. Many spelling and punctuation errors.

Works cited page has many errors. Min sources not met. Sources either not cited parenthetically or cited incorrectly. Sources disrupt flow of paper.

MLA heading, spacing, title, margins, font and size mostly incorrect. Length not met. Title uncreative and irrelevant.

F

Choice of DC is poor or undefined. Lack of discussion about critical issues. Lack of vocabulary.

Thesis and roadmap unavailable. Intro poor. Transitions and topic sentences poor/unavailable.

Poor vocabulary level. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors make the writing difficult to read.

No works cited page. Min sources not met. No parenthetical citations. And/or plagiarism.

MLA heading, spacing, title, margins, font and size are a mess. Length not met. Title missing.

ENC1102  Composition 2

English Communications  Valencia College East Professor Kirsten Holt

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