Use Activity Theory to Break Down Your Speech!

Use the worksheet to help you refer to the discussion.

  • Example 1: Student volunteer discusses their activity system, and charts it on the worksheet
  • Example 2: Student volunteer discusses their activity system, and charts it on the worksheet

Daily Writing

Apply Activity System Theory to your speech
Respond to the following prompts in today's journal prompt in Black Board:

  • What tools did the author of your primary source doc have at their disposal when the document was published?
  • Which one of these tools did your author ultimately use to get his or her ideas into the world?
  • What was the author's (of your primary source document) motive in writing?
  • What discourse community did the author of your primary source doc belong to? Did the text go out into that same discourse community, or into multiple discourse communities? What happened as a result?

Homework

  • READ Chapter 6 in EAA. This chapter walks you through how to write a rhetorical analysis! It's gonna help you!
  • Using the handout of the Activity System Worksheet, complete the worksheet, based on your speech you will be using for WP1.
  • Do any additional research, if needed, to thoroughly answer the questions posed on the worksheet.
  • REVISE the historical context section of your draft of WP 1, based on what the activity theory worksheet revealed. SAVE this new draft. You should save every version of your drafts of every writing project (WP 1 Draft 1; WP 1 Draft 2, etc.)
  • Bring your completed worksheet AND your revised draft to class on Friday. This will count as a homework grade.