Your detailed reflection, at least 700 words long, is a space for you to demonstrate critical thinking about your research process and the rhetorical choices you made while completing this project. It will also reflect on the ways in which your work all semester has informed this final project.
Your reflection should address three main topics:
The specific rhetorical situations of your text. In other words, the audience, purpose, and genre:
First, identify the audience, purpose, and genre of your text(s). Then, describe the specific relationship(s) between the audience, purpose, and genre of your text(s). In other words, why is the genre(s) in which you worked an appropriate choice given your particular purpose and audience? How might another genre have been less effective for achieving your purpose and reaching your audience?
The process of translating your research from Modules 2 and 3 into other genre(s):
What information from your research did you decide to leave out? In what specific ways did you consider your audience and purpose when making this decision?
How did you establish your own credibility in the non-academic genre(s), and in what ways is this similar to/different from establishing credibility in your academic writing?
How did you appeal to your audiences emotions (pathos) and/or use logical appeals (logos)?
What were some differences in the ways you used and cited your sources as compared to earlier assignments in this course? How were these decisions impacted by the differing genres in which you worked? How might these decisions impact your audience and their interactions with the texts?
What design choices did you make as you designed your project? How did the genres in which you were working affect your choices? For example, how did you establish your voice? What visual rhetoric did you use? What choices did you make about structure and organization?
How do you think the decisions you made with regard to design, genre, visual rhetoric, structure, and/or organization impact your audience and their interactions with your text(s)?
The rhetorical nature and potential of research (for this section, consider both your final project and the class as a whole):
After having worked with your research in multiple genres and for various audiences and purposes, what do you now understand about the ways in which research is a rhetorical process shaped by audience, purpose, and genre?
What do you now understand about research as it exists beyond the classroom in non-academic contexts?
What do you now understand about the potential for research to spark meaningful change?
How has the work you completed this semester affected your ideas about/understanding of research?
How has the work you completed this semester affected your ideas about/understanding of writing and rhetoric?