This activity is designed to help you plan your Project 2 and then execute that plan.

Part 1: Planning (20 minutes)

Using your notes from last class's Revision Plan for Project 2 worksheet, create a new wiki post called "Project 2 Revision Plan." In a couple paragraphs, summarize your main points about your publication, audience, topic, purpose, (re)organization, style and essential and non-essential information.

Part 2: Composing (30 minutes)

Write the first two (double-spaced) pages of your new article (or as much as you can write in the time allotted), working to execute the plan you wrote about in Part 1. When you have these two (or more) pages written, print out two copies.

Part 3: Workshopping (25 minutes)

Get into a group with the other students who have the same workshop date as you (see the Daily Schedule). First, show your peers your chosen publication venue (either in print or online), and then go over your revision plan with them. Then, read your peers' article, and type up answers to the following questions:

  1. Summarize the purpose of your peer's article as you understand it so far.
  2. Does the article seem to be a good fit for the chosen publication venue? Why or why not?
  3. So far, does it adequately address its target audience? Name one place where you think the paper targets its audience effectively and/or one place where you think it does not.
  4. Do you understand your peer's topic? Even if you aren't personally interested in the topic, can you imagine why it has some "news value" that might interest readers, or do you have trouble understanding the relevance for a non-expert audience? How might your peer adjust his/her topic and/or purpose to make it more interesting and relevant?
  5. Copy two sentences from your peer's paper that you think are stylistically effective or ineffective, and explain why they are (in)effective given the publication, audience, topic, etc.
  6. As a potential reader of this publication, offer your peer some advice for finishing the article, touching on any aspects of the rhetorical situation you think are relevant, including genre, audience, purpose, style, topic, or essential information.

With any leftover time, return to your article, make changes based on your peers' suggestions, and continue writing.

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