Length: 2-3 pages (500-750 words)
Grade: 5% of the total grade (description of rubric here)
Due date: see Canvas for the submission date.
Project 1 consists of a cover letter (prompt here) and the essay.
For the essay:
In this class, we will be exploring the power of language, images, and stories to persuade the target audience. We will start the journey by analyzing a ‘text’ that is familiar to you: Your Name(s). Changing one’s name into another name—or I call ‘re-naming’—is a common practice among international students when studying abroad. In Project 1, we will see your (re-)naming practice in the US as a rhetoric.
The purpose of Project 1 is to understand the reason why you decide to use a particular name in the US (either using a given name or change it into another name). The essay needs to have two parts:
- A description paragraph where you describe your (re-)naming practice include one (and one only!) critical incident (or lived experience) that led you to decide on using that particular name.
- An analysis paragraph where you need to analyze this (re-)naming practice in relation to its effectiveness. These are some questions you can address in this section:
- What is the purpose of the name? Why did you decide to use this particular name?
- Who might be the intended audience for the name be? Who might appreciate or enjoy this name? How can you tell? Who might be disadvantaged by the name?
- What stereotypes or possible conflicts could this name perpetuate?
- My Namestory essay, like any other academic essays, needs to have a clear introduction, body, and conclusion.
- Make sure you use keywords about rhetorics we have learned (e.g. target audience, rhetorical situation, ethos, etc.) in the essay.