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WR 122 - Morgan: Your Discourse Community

Getting Started: Who is Your Discourse Community?

STEP ONE: Freewriting

Spend some time freewriting about how your discourse community uses language, writing and rhetoric. For example...

  • make a list of the types of things people in this discourse community talk or write about
  • make a list of the types of communication used by them: chat, blogs, articles, newsletters, handbooks, etc.
  • or anything else that helps immerse you in thinking about how your chosen discourse committee uses language, writing and rhetoric

Group Work

STEP TWO: Group Work

Partner up with at least one other person. Each of you should take turns: 

  • Describe who your discourse community is
  • If you do not yet have a topic, ask your group for ideas on how you can tie your community to a topic related to language, writing and rhetoric.
  • If you already know what your topic is, tell them and ask for feedback to make sure it's tied to language, writing and rhetoric.
  • If your group gets stuck on one or more student's discourse community, please raise your hand and your professor or the librarian will come help.


Take notes in your JR as you chat! Write down important ideas, people, organizations, etc.


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Tracy Scharn
HL 117E