Assignment: Technical Genres Packet with Rhetorical Analysis

This assignment requires that you develop a “packet” of Five Genres found in technical writing. Think of this
5-Genre Packet as a representation of your work in technical writing so far, much like a photographer’s
portfolio represents his or her best photos.
I strongly encourage working on your genres over time and not leave them to the weekend before the due date.
These genres, especially the more visual ones, take time to create well, even if they are short.
You can, and should, look at examples of these genres for inspiration and ideas. The textbook has examples of
many of them. However, you should not copy or patchwrite any text from outside sources, and I encourage you
to use original images whenever possible. Any non-original images must be cited.
This assignment also requires a rhetorical analysis of the genres, their audiences, the context of use for each,
and documentation of any sources used in researching information to complete your genres. The rhetorical
analysis should be written in essay style, 4-5 double-spaced pages in length. (Separate instructions will be
The Required Genres:
● Instructions for playing Klondike (Solitaire) with cards (not online): First, review the activity
“Revision Challenge” found on page 241 and 242 in the textbook, at the end of chapter 8. For your first
genre, use visual design to revise the instructions for Klondike. Remember, visual design does not mean
without text – it means the text and any graphics are considered for the audience’s visual consumption
You might use columns or augment with tables, diagrams, and images. We will read chapter 18, which
covers “Creating and Using Graphics.”
● Tornado Procedure/Protocol: Write a procedure or protocol for a Tornado Warning situation on
campus. Imagine that your campus has just opened a new dormitory building, and you’ve been asked to
design a tornado procedure/protocol to be displayed in that new building. Your audience is students
living in the new dormitory, and your written procedure would be available to them and those who
supervise them. Since tornadoes can occur without much warning, or can occur when most people are
sleeping, your procedure should help students to take the correct action in the sudden event of a tornado
(i.e. they have only minutes or seconds to act); it should also help prepare those responsible (RAs,
police, etc.) for understanding what to do in this scenario. Consider these various audiences and
● Flood “Quick Card” (Fact Sheet to Quick Card Revision): use the Fact Sheet information/example
on page 199 – 201—at the end of chapter 7—and write a “Quick Card” that could be distributed to your
audience to keep handy. Identify the potential audiences for this information and create the Quick Card
from this fact sheet example. A quick card is a mix of a fact sheet and instructions and should be
designed as a quick reference for your audience in the moment/in the situation. Revise the fact sheet into
a Quick Card. In my experience, the best way to create a digital “card” is to open a PowerPoint
document and resize the slides to 3″ x 5″ and then create two slides (one for the front and one for the
back of the card). Then, you can set to zoom to 100% to see what the actual size will look like.
● Tri-Fold Brochure: Using your proposal from Major Assignment 1 as a topic, please create a tri-fold
brochure. Assume that your proposal has been accepted and implemented and that you have been tasked
to create a brochure for a stakeholder—like students on campus, elementary school parents, or
community residents, for example. Design a brochure that will clearly and effectively communicate
information about your topic. For example, if you had proposed changing certain English courses at
William Paterson University to pass/fail, you might create a brochure to explain this change to students
and to identify the advantages of taking these classes as pass fail. You will find lots of examples of
tri-fold brochures online, though you should not assume that everything you see is a good example. Use
your reading from the textbook and your rhetorical situation to guide your choices. If you have access to
it—and you may through your school account—Microsoft Publisher is an excellent tool for creating a
● Technical Definition: Using pages 196-197 to help you get started, write a technical definition for a
term from your major. You’ll want to select a term that your major discipline uses in a way that is
different from the way the general public uses it, or you should pick a term that isn’t normally used in
everyday conversation. Clearly explain this term by presenting a technical definition no longer than one
page. Be sure to consult the textbook pages.
You may submit your genres in a single document, but you will likely have an easier time preserving the
formatting if you submit them as separate documents. Please note that PDFs are preferred and you should be
able to create them for all of the documents that I’m asking you to create, but I will accept other
formats—however, I can not open pages documents or other proprietary Apple documents.

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