WR 121 Fierman: Choose 2 genres

Choose 2 genres

This assignment asks you to research one question, but present your findings in 2 genres. This page provides information about genres and examples of some of the genres you might choose. 

What is Genre?

"What is a Genre?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers - OSU

"What does genre mean? What are some examples of genres in literature and film? Professor Ehren Pflugfelder answers these questions using examples from popular movies, literature, and everyday life. The short video is designed to help high school and college English students to not only identify genres of various artforms but also to analyze their structure and purpose. The video is sponsored by the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University."

Academic research paper

Genre and the Research Paper
An brief overview of research paper genre conventions from the OWL.
Research Writing: Elements and Steps
This guide from SUNY provides a definition for research papers and lists the steps involved in writing one. 

Blog Posts

Close Grain - Woodworking in the Digital Age
This blog is a good example of a blog with a very specific audience: woodworkers and people who are interested in learning to work with wood.  Everything about this blog speaks to that audience through the woodworking vocabulary it uses, the images it displays, the title is a play on a wood-related word...
This blog post was written by my 12-year-old niece. I love her writing and the way she incorporates photos that are represented in her text. (Danica)
This blog is also directed at a specific audience, but it changed its name from SoManyBooks to Weeds --so it seems like it would be interesting to read their post about the name change...


How to Design a Simple Brochure
Some tips for writing and designing effective brochures. This pdf offers questions to ask yourself before you design.  We will look at hard copy examples in class.

Press Release

Progress Being Made in Infection Control in U.S. Hospitals
This is an example press release from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control)
State invests in housing, child welfare, mental health care and economic development 
This is a press release from this Saturday 3/3/18 from the Oregon State Legislature

Slide Presentations

(Use Google Slides)

Basic instructions and step-by-step for using Google Slides to create a presentation.
This site gives tips on how to create the best PPT presentations and also offers MANY EXAMPLES of excellent slide shows.

Business Letter

Writing the Basic Business Letter
This page explains the basic components of writing a business letter.
Sample Letters
This page offers an example business letter
Business Letters: Accentuating the Positives
This page gives tips on how to write your business letter and what to focus on.


How to write an editorial (video)
This YouTube video offers 7 tips for writing an editorial from a NY Times editor. 
America has room for the Dreamers
This is an example editorial about a current issue in the NY Times.
New York Times Editorials
This is the New York Times editorial page where you can read multiple editorials to get an idea of how to write one.

Short talks

A short speech on your topic is most effective when you know your audience and are concise, but engaging.