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Journal Analysis Assignment (Modified from Myers)

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This assignment contains three main parts:

  1. a rhetorical analysis of the conventions, language, audience, intent, and content of a publication with science writing,
  2. the analysis of an essay or article of your choice from the publication,
  3. a discussion of what you believe it takes to be published in that venue.
This assignment is intended to raise your consciousness and get you thinking more critically about the types of science writing currently being published.

I. RHETORICAL ANALYSIS--THE PUBLICATION

The following general questions will guide your inquiry and organization for the first part of the assignment--the rhetorical analysis of the publication.

II. RHETORICAL ANALYSIS--THE ARTICLE III. CONCLUSIONS

Once you have a general idea of the journal's purpose, audience, and use of language, use the following questions to make some more specific conclusions about the publication:

IV. PUBLICATION INFORMATION

Lastly, explain what you believe it takes to be published in this journal. Consider the questions above in relation to what appears in the publication. What types of writing does it value or publish? Who is the audience? What are the publication guidelines? How do your conclusions regarding publication in this journal relate to the conclusions drawn from the above rhetorical analysis?

OVERALL

Look over your answers to the questions above. What patterns emerge? What does this publication as a whole suggest about the discourse community that produced it? What would it take for you to join in that conversation? Write a coherent, concise discussion of what you can conclude about writing in this corner of the sciences based on your rhetorical analysis.

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