Writing Project 3: Connect and Persuade - Writing for the Real World

You will use the information you gathered in WP2 to create a piece of writing aimed at a "real world" audience. The idea is to use your historical topic as way to persuade or convince your audience to a think in a particular way about a modern day issue or problem.

The assignment has two main parts:

  • Purpose, Audience, and Genre Proposal
  • The "Real World" Genre

Purpose, Audience, and Genre Proposal

This assignment is designed to get you thinking outside the confines of the academia and the classroom by providing you the opportunity to make some "real world" writing decisions. For instance, writers working outside of a classroom environment often make decisions about writing by considering the following questions:


  • What is the best genre for my writing given my purpose and intended audience?
  • What are the conventions and limitations for the genre that I have chosen?

The idea here is that you are in charge of answering these questions for yourself. You will use your knowledge of the rhetorical situation to ponder and answer these questions. Additionally, you might need to conduct some research on conventions of your genre.

Once you have identified your purpose, audience, and genre, you will write up a proposal that offers an explanation and a justification of the choices you have made about purpose, audience, and genre.

You will need to "pitch" your idea to the class and your professors on April 6th to get it approved. Once approved, you need to write up a formal proposal to in for a grade.

Nuts & Bolts for the Purpose, Audience, and Genre Proposal:

The final proposal must be in the range of 3 to 4 pages and must be formatted following MLA documentation guidelines.

  • You are not required to consult sources for this proposal. However, it would strengthen your argument to have some credible sources referenced in the proposal.
  • The FINAL draft of this document is due on April 11th. Please bring a hard copy to class on April 11th. If you miss class, you will need to make alternative arrangements to get this assignment turned in.
  • NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED. Work that is submitted late will receive a "zero."
Connect & Persuade: Write for the "Real World" with Genre!

Next, you’ll actually produce the piece of writing intended to “go out into the world and make something happen.” Based on your research for WP 2, you will produce a piece of writing for the specific audience you identified in your proposal in which you use your knowledge of an historical event or significant figure to justify your stance on a modern day political or social issue. For example, if you choose to research the Grimke Sisters and their writing, you could connect their work to the Women’s March on Washington that occurred the day after President Trump’s inauguration, and discuss your conclusions about the current status of the women’s movement in America. You will produce this writing by "mimicking" the conventions of the genre you in which you chose to write.

Nuts & Bolts for the Purpose, Audience, and Genre Proposal:

  • The final project MUST follow conventions of the chosen genre.
  • If you reference or borrow from any outside sources for this proposal, you must acknowledge them, using the conventions of the genre in which you are writing.
  • Like any professional piece of writing that is published for a "real world" audience, this piece of writing should go through multiple revisions and should be rigorously reviewed for surface errors. The final project, regardless of the genre, should be a polished, perfected piece of writing.
  • The FINAL draft of this project is due on April 13th.
  • NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED. Work that is submitted late will receive a "zero."

Writing Project 3 is designed to give you practice and experience with the following:

  • Demonstrating critical thinking by combining, changing, or reapplying existing information, gathering and assessing information relevant to a question, and analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing information;
  • Using writing and research to achieve a specific purpose while working with new writing situations;
  • Working with particular, situation-appropriate conventions of writing, such as MLA citation and style; and
  • Using reflection to foster learning.