As we continue to look at what writing is all about in your discipline area, we want to continue to look more closely at actual documents that are produced, and the kinds of moves writer make when creating those documents. This assignment will be similar to the Part III assignment in that we will be looking at the same kinds of things.

  • First, identify a junior, senior or grad student in your discipline area, asking them about writing in the discipline. This needs to be someone who is currently in the program you are in here at TAMUCC, or the program to plan to be in. We will work together to think of questions to ask.
  • Get a sample of discipline writing they have done. Remove all identifying info from the paper - ie student name.
  • You will analyze the writing similar to what we did for Part III. Use the John's article focusing on pgs. 58-64. Discuss how the writer reaches two of the goals for writing that John's talks about. Remember, you can't just say the goals were reached, you have to show where and how the writer accomplishes these things.
  • Then select two goals that were not reached and explain why they weren't reached and what the writer could have done to reach the goals.

This time you will present the information as a screencast. There are several screencast programs available. Here's a link talking about screencasts And here's an example of a screencast I created for a class using Camtasia You can talk about the document you are analyzing the way I did in my video. You can get a free trial for the Camtasia program. Your computer may have a screen capture feature so you can look for that. Movie Maker might be an option but I have never used it for this. Here are links for tutorials that might help with Movie Maker.

For the interview part, you can record a video or audio of the student as you interview. Then you can use that to introduce your discussion of the document analysis. But keep the interview short; I'd say under 2 minutes. Audiences get bored easily. This will mean you will probably need to edit the audio/video, so if you don't know how to do that, you can just provide a summary of the info you gathered from the student interview.

Remember to cite all of your sources (even images). And you will need to cite the interview as well. Check the APA info on the Purdue OWL to find the format for that.