Discourse Community Essay
In a minimum 3.5-page essay, you will use Gee’s idea of discourse communities to look at a discourse community you belong to. You will use Gee’s concept of discourse communities to:
- Explain the most important values, actions, language, and belief systems of your discourse.
- You should also explain WHY these things are valued.
- Discuss other discourse communities that it is connected to and how. Explore why these connections are important.
- Explore a controversial issue in your discourse and how the controversy could be connected to different (but related) discourses and sub-discourses.
- Explain which parts of the discourse you acquired and which parts you learned? Be specific, use examples, and address these two concepts separately (in separate paragraphs).
- Finally, end by discussing your own membership in this discourse
- Where do you see yourself in terms of having a full “identity kit” in this discourse?
- What do you still need to learn?
- What do you still need to acquire?
- What parts of the discourse do conflict with other discourses you belong to?
- What else has stood out to you in learning about this discourse?
In addition to introducing the discourse, a successful paper will introduce Gee’s idea of discourse communities, connect it to the major in the first paragraph (or two) of your paper, and draw extensively on Gee’s ideas as a way to analyze and investigate the career.
In order to do this project successfully, you will need to do research about your discourse community. You will need to use at least 3 outside sources and you will be expected to quote/paraphrase from Gee as you use his ideas.
- 3 outside sources in addition to Gee
- Minimum 4 pages
- MLA format
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