Pages 48-53 in Holcomb & Killingsworth
During class, work in groups to discuss the following sections of the assigned reading. Your discussion should include:
1) what does and does not make sense
– What did not make sense: They did not discuss what the “norm” is. When I am writing, how do you know that it is not the norm and is actually a deviation?
– It is interesting that in scientific styles of writing the use of passive voice is quite prevalent, when on the other hand we are encouraged to rid our writing of passive voice and use the active voice instead. Academic writing is not scientific writing?
– It makes sense that a writer has to switch his rhetorical appeal when focusing on specific audiences. (Scientific Community example, pg. 50)
– Why is the section on arbitrary norms so different from the section on community norms? In both sections they talk about rhetorical affects of regions and how people perceive certain types of styles as well as diction. The difference between arbitrary norms and community norms does not make much sense to us. However, what does make sense is the fact that rhetorical approaches differ regionally.
2) what you consider to be most important in your section
– I think what is most important is that you have to be aware of the fact that your writing style / diction should change depending on your audience.
– The 5 canons of rhetoric are very important for our section because we are talking about the norms of style.
– It is very important to know how to apply these norms to your own writing, but this also confuses us because we see little difference between each type of norm.
– It is important to use deviation in academic writing. The genre does not have to be about a specific type of writing all of the time; genres can blend with one another.
3) how you might use it in your own writing
– (refer to “2”)
– I may adopt certain types of norms but also blend them together, especially when writing in a different region or to audiences that are not my typical target.
– Being aware of the norm and not wanting to just follow it. You want to provide fresh / new information so that your reader is constantly interested / being persuaded (rhetoric).
– When writing different genres it is important to take into account the norms found in your region. This is especially useful once we graduate and become involved in different workplaces, maybe even around the world!
4) and any other remarks you think would be useful!
– I wish they talked more about diction because to me word choice is so important in rhetorical style. Word choice also plays such a large role in regions worldwide because words are all defined differently depending on where you are in the world. Also, sentence structure is different worldwide so I wish they talked about what is important to take into account when writing for a international audience.
– Become a universal writer!