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Discourse Community Analysis

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Paper 1 - Discourse Community AnalysisEnglish 1301: Rhetoric and Composition IThe Rhetorical SituationOne of the most difficult challenges you'll face in college is learning to join various academic discourse communities. A "discourse community" is a group of people who share knowledge of a particular topic, similar backgrounds and experiences, values, and common ways of communicating. Examples of academic discourse communities at UTA include those comprising mathematicians, engineers, biologists, sociologists, historians, etc.Discourse communities seem particularly mysterious and intimidating when you are an "outsider," but the good news is that we all have experience joining discourse communities. You successfully joined a discourse community any time you learned to participate and feel comfortable in a new school, a new church, a new circle of friends, or a new interest group (e.g., people interested in a certain sport or sports team, a band or type of music, a television show, gaming, cooking, yoga, dance, etc.)The purpose of this paper-and a primary purpose of ENGL 1301-is to demonstrate for you that the process of joining an academic discourse community is not so different from the process by which you've joined other discourse communities.Write a paper to me and your classmates about a time when you successfully joined a discourse community. Show us how you learned to make ethos appeals (i.e., establish and draw on your credibility), logos appeals (i.e., draw on factual knowledge and ways of reasoning), and pathos appeals (i.e., draw on the values and emotions of other members) that were specific to the community.Invention (i.e., discovering what you're going to say in this paper) 1. Your audience for this paper (your classmates and I) will want to know the main point of your paper right off the bat, so, after deciding what discourse community you want to write about, come up with a claim (FYW, p. 4) that you were successful in joining that community.2. It's not enough just to make a claim-your audience will expect you to prove it. Thus, you need to explain why your claim is valid by supporting it with reasons (FYW, p. 4). Your reasons should state that you mastered ethos, logos, and pathos appeals that were specific to this particular community.3. Even after you've made a claim and supported it with reasons, your audience still won't be satisfied. Readers will expect you to provide evidence (FYW, p. 4) that you really did master ethos, logos, and pathos appeals specific to your discourse community.Where will you find evidence for this paper? You won't find it in the library or on the internet because it must come from you! Reflect deeply on your own experiences. Come up with specific examples and significant anecdotes that will prove to your audience that, indeed, you learned to make successful ethos, logos, and pathos appeals to other members of the community.4. What if readers remain skeptical? Imagine them...

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