Writing for the Right Audience
Using multimodal projects in composition to enhance action and expression
Appalachian State University
After three and a half years of teaching Composition and Rhetoric to first- and second-year college students at Appalachian State University, Mr. Jon Pope identified a recurring challenge in his students’ work: he was the only audience member. Whether the assignment was a personal narrative or an essay in biology, Mr. Pope seemed to be the only target audience that his students considered. To address this challenge, he decided to implement multimodal experiences in the classroom that were not only engaging, but incorporated numerous types of writing for specific and diverse audiences.
One of his most popular experiences involves groups of students designing, writing, and shooting a 10-minute television pilot, complete with business plans, advertisements, executive pitches and presentations. Through the use of innovative multimodal classroom experiences, Mr. Pope provides multiple means of action and expression that increase students’ sensitivity to a wider audience in their writing.
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Figure 1: Concept Map: Concept Map caption
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Figure 2: A "breadcrumb trail" is located below the title of each page. A "breadcrumb trail" is located below the title of each page.
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Figure 3: Navigation links are also located at the bottom of each page of a module.
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