Why are we doing this project?

During this module, we will learn about and begin to apply responsible research practices. We will also explore the social contexts in which research and researched writing exists. Writing and information does not exist in a vacuum, and this module will help you learn to pull back the curtain and look behind the scenes to learn about the context in which sources are published and distributed and how sources “speak” to each other. We will also examine how research and information is presented in different genres. Building on what we learned about the power of writing, rhetoric, and information to create change, you will now have the opportunity to select a topic interesting to you about the power and influence of writing to investigate and explore for the remainder of the semester. Module 2 leads into our final module in which you will take action through writing based on the research and learning that you accomplish in this module.

What is this project?

Your task for this project is to create a “Source Social Network.” First, you will decide on a topic related to the power of writing, rhetoric, and information and begin to gather strong, credible sources that help you learn more about this topic. As you gather, explore, and finally select each source (for a total of around 5 sources), you will add that source to your “social network” around that topic. You can design your “Source Social Network” however you want (feel free to get visual and creative here!), but you will need to include:

1) A detailed description of the rhetorical context of the source (who, what, when, where, why, and how)

2) A description of what you learned from the source

3) An explanation of how each source “speaks” to or is related to the other sources included in your “social network”

How will you be graded for this project?

Successful “Source Social Networks” will include:

  • Around 5 credible and diverse sources that are about a specific topic related to writing, rhetoric, and information 3 sources must come from google scholar database
  • A detailed and accurate description of the rhetorical context of each source
  • A strong, detailed reflection/description of what the writer learned from the source
  • A meaningful and complex description of how each source relates and connects to the other sources included in the social network, demonstrating an understanding of the “conversation” around this specific topic
  • A logical and creative design to help guide the reader through the “social network” so that the reader can easily see the rhetorical context of each source and the emerging conversation presented