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English 111--Introduction to Composition

Unit 3: Genre Analysis

In this unit, students will compare and contrast two or more texts written on the same subject but in different genres—paying special attention to the rhetorical situation and strategies, content, structure, and language for each genre sample. The purpose of the assignment is to allow writers to gain a better understanding of the importance of genre and discourse community knowledge to writers. Critical genre awareness allows writers to better understand the ways writing differs among genres and across rhetorical situations and discourse communities, and it will prepare them to adapt to unfamiliar writing situations.

Additional resources are included for classes focusing more on rhetorical analysis or media analysis.

PBS Documentaries

Genre Across the Disciplines

Genre Analysis

Purdue OWL: Introduction to Rhetoric

In Defense of Rhetoric

Rhetorical Analysis Resources

Genre Analysis Resources