Readings to draw from: (In the attachment )
● McKinney’s “I Need You to say “I”: Why First Person is Important in College
● Ocean Vuong’s Surrendering
● Gee’s Literacy and Discourse Linguistics
● Put different forms of essays in conversation with each other
● Successfully analyze and interweave quotes in writing
● Critically investigate the formation of communities
What to do:
We have spent the last few weeks discussing the formation of a community through
both personal and academic channels. We’ve read both creative and academic works
discussing what it takes to “fit into” a community, so now I’m asking you to take this a
step further. How do the pieces we’ve read inform Gee’s idea of a Discourse
Community? Your task is to take at least two of the pieces I listed above and discuss
how they work in conjunction with Gee’s Discourse community. This is an opportunity
for you to take multiple different readings and put them in a conversation with each
other. What would Gee say about Vuong’s classroom experience? How would your
classmates feel about McKinney’s elevation of the word “I” in college writing?
To summarize: the goal of this piece is to help you establish your expertise in joining
the discourse community of Composition. Use the pieces we have read throughout the
semester so far to analyze Gee’s discussion of discourse communities, and report on
the potential difficulties of accessing a discourse community and how to work around
them. As a disclaimer, the words of the more successful scholars we’re reading are
important, but I’m trusting your words as well. Utilize the readings to help you make
your point, but know that you don’t just have to “agree” with one of the readings and
tell me why. I want to hear your analysis.
How to do it:
This assignment can absolutely be completed in a 5 page academic essay in which
you discuss how to enter and work within a discourse community. This essay should
contain well-integrated quotes or paraphrases from the readings listed above.
Combinate the essay with discourse community and diagnostic essay in the attachment.