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Project 4: Genre Analysis Report

Worth 35% of your course grade

  • Proposal: Worth 15 points of the Project 4 grade
  • Progress Report: Worth 15 points of the Project 4 grade
  • Genre Analysis Report: 70 points of the Project 4 grade

Calendar IconImportant Dates and Deliverables

  • Aug 2: Proposal due by 11:59 PM (2-day grace period)
  • Aug 8: Progress Report due by 11:59 PM (2-day grace period)
  • Aug 10: Rough Drafts for Peer Feedback, due by 11:59 PM (No grace period)
  • Aug 11: Feedback due to two classmates by 11:59 PM (No grace period)
  • Aug 13: Project 4 (Final Exam) due by 11:59 PM (No grace period)


Hand-drawn briefcase iconbecome an independent writer who no longer needs a writing instructor to tell you how to compose a genre of writing Recycling iconthink about audience and purpose as you practice the kind of research you will need to do during your career

Hand-drawn File Folders with Magnifying Glass (Search)The Project Assignment

You will learn everything there is to know about a kind of writing you will do in your career. You will find online resources, interview people in the field, and analyze examples. You’ll publish your findings in an analytical report that explains how the genre works. You will write a short proposal and a progress report, in addition to the final report.

Step-by-Step Details

Step 1: Propose a genre to explore for your project. Return to the table you created for Project 2, or think about other writing you will do in your field. Choose a kind of writing that you have not previously done. Ideally, you should choose a kind of writing that you genuinely want to know more about or that you know will be critical to success in your field.

You will research the kind of writing you choose, focusing on the particular kind of writing for the next month. You will turn in a proposal for your project on Tuesday, August 2. If you need more time, you have a two-day grace period, which ends on Thursday, August 4.

Step 2: Set your goals for the project.
As has been the case for all the projects in this class, you have the opportunity to aim for the grade you want to earn on this project. The options below outline what you need to do for the grade you want to receive.

The letter A, in white with black outlineComplete the B-level project and then use unique strategies and details that are clever, original, creative, and/or imaginative. Your report should include well-chosen graphics or visual elements that increase its effectiveness. It should have no errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, mechanics, linking, and formatting. The letter B, in white with black outlineComplete the C-level project and then use design elements (like headings, layout, etc.) to highlight key information and make the report easy to read and visually appealing. Your report should have no more than two or three minor errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, mechanics, linking, and/or formatting. The letter C, in white with black outlineWrite an analytical report that discusses the purpose and audience for a particular kind of writing used in your field. The report will discuss all aspects of the genre and will include at least 3 examples. See additional details below in Step 3. Your report should be complete, well-written, and include no more than 5 spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors.

Bomb icon (indicating a warning)Warning! No grade is guaranteed.
Make sure your work is error-free, fully-developed, and ready to share with the intended audiences. Any work that is incomplete or that contains multiple errors will not earn an A or an A-.

For instance, say the writer aimed for a B and used design elements to make the report visually appealing, but the finished text was full of typos. It was obvious the writer didn’t proofread at all. The project earns a C rather than a B.

Step 3: Write your analytical report.
Research and write your analytical report in your word processor. With examples and relevant formatting, your report will likely be close to 20 pages long, though there is not a minimum or maximum page length. Write as much as you need to, but be sure to include all of the required information.

Review the example genre analysis reports to see the kind of layout and design that are appropriate for your project. Be sure to include your name on your report.

The research for your report should include the following:

  • a literature review and evaluation of online resources (to learn what have other researchers already studied and said about the particular genre in question),
  • interviews with people who actually write and read these documents to learn about their experiences with it,
  • site inspection (examining the actual physical work environment or conditions researchers already studied and said about the particular genre in question, experiences with it, that affect the process of this particular genre is typically composed).

You will analyze and explain the purpose for your particular genre—that is, you will identify and explain the problem that creates the need for this particular form of written communication, the purpose and occasion that calls this kind of writing into being, or the work that needs to be done and to which this text responds.

You will analyze the audience or users of this particular genre of written communication, including their knowledge, experience, and work environments, their motivations for working with the genre in question, how they perceive and use the text in question, and what they do with it.

You will outline the constraints at work on the writers and the readers of these documents, including computing environments, documents, facts, and workplace objects, but also less tangible factors such as relations, beliefs, attitudes, traditions, images, interests, and motives that are in play in their organizations or workplaces.

You will include a bibliography that provides documentation for all of the resources you have consulted. You may use whatever bibliographical format you are most familiar with. Here are some tools if you are unsure what to use:

You will obtain at least three examples of the particular genre in question and analyze them to extract the generic conventions, characteristics, features, and strategies that distinguish this genre. In the case of longer genres, you can link to the examples.

You will post a progress report on your project on Monday, August 8. You will post your draft for peer review by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, August 10, and post feedback to your two assigned classmates by 11:59 on Thursday, August 11. Use the advice you receive from your readers to revise your report before the due date.

Step 4: Write your cover memo.
Write a cover memo that tells me whatever information I need to know to understand the work you did on your project. This memo should be the first page of your project. Your project will be the second page. Both documents should be in one file.

Your memo should use standard memo format, with the headings of To:, From:, Subject:, and Date. Include this information:

  • Tell me what grade you aimed for (e.g., I aimed for a B+ by including headings and …).
  • Tell me how well you reached your goals.
  • Tell me anything else you want me to know before I grade your project.

Be sure to explain the background on your piece fully. This cover memo is where you tell me about the work you put into the project and provide some self-evaluation of your work. The cover memo is the first thing I will read, so it is your opportunity to make sure that I have all the information that I need to understand your project.

Step 5: Submit your project in Canvas.
When you are finished with your cover memo and genre report, you will turn in your work in Canvas, following the submission instructions. Remember that there are no rewrites or revisions after work is graded.


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