Major Assignments

Nassau Community College

English 101: Writing For Transfer



Major Assignment #1: Source Based Essay


For this assignment, you will write a 3-4 page essay in which you go beyond summarizing to analyze and make connections between the concepts of genre, audience and rhetorical situation, and begin to develop your own theory of writing. You will choose 2 sources (these should be different genres), from which you will incorporate evidence to support your ideas about these key concepts and reflect on a possible theory of writing. A theory of writing means: what you think it takes to make good writing.


In your paper, you must define the key terms audience, genre and rhetorical situation and investigate their relationships within the context of the 2 sources you choose in order to determine the connections between them. You will closely analyze the sources you choose to write about in your essay, looking at how each writer uses genre, handles the rhetorical situation, and reaches an audience. As you develop your article, you will incorporate both the rhetorical strategies that we will explore in class and your understanding of audience, genre and rhetorical situation.


Major Assignment #2: Inquiry Based Research: Proposal and Annotated Bibliography


This assignment is made of 2 steps in the direction of your final project, and 2 genres that are often used in academic writing: the proposal and the annotated bibliography. Before you begin this 2 part assignment, you should have a. conferenced with me and b. submitted a final project/presentation research question or topic for approval by me. We have library classes on 3/3 & 3/6 to work on this project also. Please make sure you have an NCC ID so you can get into the library to work.


The proposal piece of this assignment will tell me:

  1. What your final project will be about.
  2. How you plan on researching your topic or question.
  3. What modes or mediums you will be using in your final project. The final project is called Composition in 3 Genres. So you need to tell me what 3 genres you will be including in your project and how/why the 3 genres you are choosing are right for your particular rhetorical situation and audience.


The annotated bibliography is:

  1. a list of sources that inform your final project.
  2. Potential Genres to Choose From:
  • Newspaper/article
  • Memoir/personal essay
  • Photo essay
  • Website/blog
  • Short feature video
  • Musical composition (or song)
  • Academic journal article or case study
  • Brochure
  • Speech
  • Multimedia presentation
  • Other genres you think of with instructor approval


  1. You must have 5 sources total
  2. Under each source, you will write a few sentences explaining what the source is, why it is useful to your project and how it connects or ‘talks to’ other sources on the list.



Major Assignment #3: Composition in 3 Genres


For this assignment, you will move from researching and analyzing a topic (this could be the same as your proposal and annotated bibliography—to creating a composition which uses three different genres to communicate to a targeted audience about the same topic. You will use your annotated bibliography to inform your creative strategy and help you make the rhetorical choices necessary to create an effective composition. These three genres are up to you to decide upon, based on your analysis of the rhetorical situation and the way in which you respond to it.


In this assignment you will be relating your topic to audience even further than the source based essay, incorporating external evidence, presenting new arguments and considering audience expectations. You will strategically target a specific audience(s), then develop key messages to communicate to that audience—based on knowledge of your topic gained from our library lesson, developing the research proposal and annotated bibliography—and finally create a composition in three genres designed to communicate those messages to your audience(s).


This assignment requires you to engage your critical thinking, rhetorical awareness and reflection capabilities in order to effectively communicate with your specified audience.







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