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Advice on Method

!!!Problems & Challenges:
*Hard to not get ahead of yourself - keep the parts straight - hard to stay in just one
*Highlighting sections to keep it straight
*Wanted to stick all the parts together - hard to break it down
*Holding back, spending too much time describing
*Analysis runs into description and interpretation - "analysis has a foot in both"
*Our mind wants to pull them all together
*'''Difficulty of stepping outside the rhetorical interaction'''
*What kind of writing is this?
**You are being asked to show your work (think math)
**Language should be "Bum-clenchingly clear" and focussed on the subject at hand
**Asking you to shift your focus on "what is out there" (drawing analogy)

!!!The Parts:
*'''Description:'''
**striving for a characterization of the message itself
**looking at patterns and parts
**language is neutral - not evaluative or prescriptive
**feeds to analysis
**you break your leg - go to Dr and tell her you fell down the stairs and your leg is black and blue
*'''Analysis:'''
**Identify parts, patterns, and choices
**language is neutral again - not evaluative or prescriptive
**Impartial - balcony view
**Not about 'dissing' the writers or the audience
**Looking for choices the writer made
**Analysis provides evidence for interpretation
**Dr.'s diagnosis is analysis, using technical terms (very precise language)
*'''Interpretation:'''
**What do the choices mean?

!!!Advice:
* When you see you are getting ahead of yourself, stop and move your consideration to the proper section
*Work out techniques that work for you.
**Start with bullet lists is one option.
*You break your leg - you give description Dr.'s diagnosis is analysis, technical terms, very precise language
*Write your personal opinions down elsewhere, to keep them out of your analysis and interpretation.
*Balcony view has your stance, but is not purely objective
*Use Evaluation for evaluation and judgement.
* Refer to Stoner and Perkins as a guide to focusing your attention on each phase (I know I have to.)
* Work from a balcony view rather than from gut reaction. Stand outside the rhetorical interaction to observe it.
* Get in close, especially in description.

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Example A 2.0
!!!The Description:
*Three of the bullets are bolded (characterization)
*From the beginning they assume the balcony view
*Put in messages to yourself: "list-serv"
*Not making opionated notes within description, maybe on the side?
*Paying attention to internal characteristics and the rhetorical purpose of the email

!!!The Analysis:
*No more bullets
*From the beginning the writer is drawing on the description for their analysis - '''building on description notes'''
*Specifying '''choices of writers''' - "The writers of this e-mail appear to..." & "That choice allowed..."
*Using terms for search method: '''formality''' and '''informality'''

!!!The Interpretation:
*So what? - as the book asks
*Stepped completely outside of the situation - fully in balcony view - neutral stance
*Analogy - excellent :)
*Uses "maybe" to keep it open and interpretive - limits interpretation
*New concept - "The friendliness tone-switch"
*This could be the groundwork for a 5-page essay, could revise and do it differently...

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!!!%apply=block bgcolor=black%%color=white%Example B%center%

!!!The Description:
*The last paragraph is a characterization
*The last sentence is a transition into Analysis
*Goes in order of the e-mail
*Lots of examples, very detailed
*Not in bullets, more detailed, very in-depth description
*Use detail because it will lead you to other details, you don't know what you will use
*Neutral

!!!The Analysis:
*Second paragraph - "(and if they had, one would...)" Referring to if there had been more participation - shows that a person is writing this - they put it in ( ) - notes for their use
*Third paragraph - speaks to what the author did not include in their writing - their choices
*Passive phrasing - "The initial business-like appearance... contribute to the semi-formal tone..." in first paragraph implies the author made choices to create a tone

!!!The Interpretation:
*"Bait-and-switch" - switch to interpretive terms
*Language shifts from neutral details to a very blunt end
*Not over-stated and is the natural conclusion from the rest of what they've said
*"Insight well earned" - moderated, moderate, balcony view, fits the term

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There is more than one way to do these notes. But use the headings - description, analysis, and interpretation - to help you focus. That will help you become aware of what you're doing as you do it.


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