Each group will answer a question. Locate specific examples in the Johns article to support your answers.
1. What are some of the complications Johns outlines that are related to joining a discourse community?
2. Johns notes that people joining a discourse community can rebel against some of its conventions and in so doing actually change the discourse community. Explain what this means and try to think of some historical examples in which this has happened.
3. Have you ever felt that learning to write or speak in a new discourse community conflicted with your sense of self, your values, your beliefs? If so, what happened? If not, why do you think you have been exempt from this sort of conflict?
4. Why is rule breaking a "minefield" for students but not for more famous or established academic writers Johns cites? Have you ever been punished or rewarded for rule breaking related to texts? What happened?