For this final paper, consider revising and developing one of the short responses of your choice.  (If you would prefer to tackle a completely new subject, please talk to me first.  You might want to respond to a CFP for a conference.) The final paper should be about 2,500 words (10+ pages), not counting references.  It will be worth 35% of your final grade and is due the last day of class, along with your complete portfolio.

Now that you are familiar with  some of the conversational terms currently circulating in the field of composition studies, this assignment asks you to enter the conversation yourself.  It will be up to you to specify your purpose and to choose a specific professional audience.  To guide you in this, please take a look at recent calls for conference papers that you will find in current issues of journals and on several of the online composition sites and please feel free to discuss possibilities with me.  The Composition Resources page should provide some starting points.
Continue the habit of reviewing briefly  the main arguments of anything you cite to introduce material to readers who may not have read the same articles you have and to refresh other readers' memories. Remember, you will probably be writing to a variety of readers (just as you did for the review of current theory): some might be new to the field of composition studies (e.g., other members of this class); other readers might include scholars who normally explore other areas; still others are likely to be experts in this particular area of composition studies.  The common ground among these readers is their interest and involvement in the field of composition studies. In other words, you are writing to a group of professionals in this field.

Think about multiple readers in terms of your primary and secondary audiences.  The primary audience might, for instance, be the readers reviewing submissions for a specific conference.  The secondary audiences (others who you can assume would be interested in your topic) might include me, other members of the class, other graduate students or faculty members who study composition (here or at other schools).

On a separate piece of paper, please let me know who you have in mind as your primary audience; if you choose to respond to a specific call for papers, you can simply give me a copy of that call.


I will expect you to incorporate at least two sources from beyond the syllabus. These sources might be ones that you found in your review of current theory. (As a rough estimate, plan on having a total of 5-10 sources for your final draft; at least two of these should be references you've found from outside reading.)

Just as a reminder, here are some sources that might prove useful:

ERIC, Wilson, and the MLA bibliography are all available via FirstSearch, which you can access either on-line via the WVU Libraries' Web Page or on any terminal in any of the libraries.

Feel free to discuss your response with other class members or with me before the deadline.


Your response should be about 2,500 words (10+ pages).  A draft of this last assignment is due to me and your group members during week 15 (right after Thanksgiving Break).

Attach a brief cover memo that states who you have in mind as your primary audience.  If you are responding to a specific call for papers, please attach a copy of  it.

Use parenthetical documentation to refer to specific passages and page numbers.

Provide a full list of Works Cited for all sources.

The final paper/extended response is worth 30% of your final grade.



When I evaluate your final extended  response (worth 35-36 points), I will be looking  at:

GRADING: "A" work (93-100 pts.) is exemplary in content, professionally presented, and free of  errors.  "B" work (85-92 pts.) meets the requirements in every respect; no major revisions are needed, although a couple points might be strengthened; there are no more than two errors.  "C" work (77-84 pts.)  is adequate, but requires substantive revisions of  content and/or major surface revisions to improve style and mechanics.  "D" work (76 pts. and below) fails to meet the requirements of the assignment.

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