||We’ll begin a discussion
of textual analysis by reading the introduction to Textual Dynamics of
the Professions by Bazerman and Paradis.
Next, in groups of 6 participants, we’ll do a textual analysis exercise.
Collaboratively, each group
will complete the questions for one of the readings.
Within your groups you might assign duties as discussion leader,
scribe, presenter, editor, etc. Post your responses to the class list and then deliver the
group’s findings as an informal oral report for the seminar group. (Please
limit each of your reports to 5 minutes)
Who is the writer?
What is her/his role or position?
Who is the intended audience?
What prompted this person to
To what discourse community
does this text belong?
What issue is being addressed?
What is the writer’s position
on the issue?
What is the writer’s claim or
Discuss the qualifications/credibility
of the claim.
What evidence/data is provided
to support the claim?
Is the evidence/data sound?
How does this text relate to
other texts in your discipline?
How might another writer use
How might you use either textual
analysis or the ideas in this text in designing curriculum for Freshman
- “Social context and socially constructed
texts: The initiation of
a graduate student into a writing research community” by Berkenkotter,
Huckin, and Ackerman
- “Understanding failures in organizational
discourse: The accident
at three mile island and the shuttle Challenger disaster” by Herndl,
Fennell, and Miller
- “A Psychiatrist using DSM-III:
The influence of a charter document in psychiatry” by McCarthy
- “Basic Writing as Cultural Conflict” by
- “Multicultural Classrooms, Monocultural
Teachers” by Dean
- “Resisting Assimilation:
Academic discourse in the writing classroom” by Pari
Technologies: The complexity
of electronic collaborative interaction”
by Burnett, Clark, Honeycutt and Ferarro
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