This extensive project assignment tries to get students to understand that composition is an ever-evolving process where we must understand our work within and in relation to ongoing conversations before we can develop a project. This assignment comes after is after a series of short assignments where we examined other texts for their use of genre and how they use that genre to convey their argument and messages. For this project, I ask students to mimic what they have examined but add their argument to the conversation.
This assignment wants students to speak back to cultural texts. To do that, they would need to study the rhetorical situation of the text. And understand the creator's motives and why they needed to bring forth that argument into the world. Then, they can work within the genre to think about their own motives behind their arguments.