I just wanna be average by Mike Rose
The Audience Analysis. 1. Audience profile. Describe and define your target audience. Who do you want to reach with your summary/response? Can you define your audience by age, gender, educational level, ethnic background, or any other criteria? (approximately 2-4 sentences)
2.Audience-subject relationship. Discuss what your audience probably already knows—if anything—about the topic. What do you expect your audience to already know about the author or the topic of the core reading? How do you think they would likely react to the core reading? What do they expect from a rhetorical analysis? What attitudes or biases do you expect in your audience? (approximately 2-4 sentences.)
3. Audience-writer relationship. Discuss your relationship to this audience. Consider what you may have in common with your audience. Consider whether your audience will trust what you have to say or not. Are you “one of them,” or are they a group different from you who needs to know something you have to offer? (approximately 1-3 sentences.)
4. Writer’s role. Discuss the role/perspective you want to project to your readers. Do you want to come across as a fellow spectator, someone with personal experience of this topic, an expert on this particular reading, a friendly story-teller, or some other role? As long as you remain consistent, these and many other possibilities are acceptable. (approximately 1-3 sentences)
The First Draft
Due by the end of Session 5
First drafts consist of the following elements:
1. A left-hand block header that includes your name, instructor’s name, class/section, and date
2. A separate title for the paper, centered on the title line and in the same size, style, and font as the rest of the document—not underlined. Use an original title that suggest your main point or approach (not “Summary/Response Paper”).
3. MLA or APA formatting, including in-text documentation and a separate Works Cited or References page at the end.
4. Minimum 900 words for draft stage. (1200 words for the final draft.)
5. A minimum 200-word audience analysis. This analysis should be posted at the beginning of the draft paper, before page 1 of the actual paper. Use copy & paste to add your audience analysis to your first draft file before posting. The audience analysis will not be included in the word-count requirement for the draft itself. The audience analysis must be removed from the final draft that is due in Session 7.
Summary/ Response Journal Entry 1
In William Blake’s poem, “London,” the claim is that society is overwhelmed with many different problems. This claim includes the issues of selling small children to work as chimney –sweepers and venereal disease. The poem discusses a time when children of poor families in London were sold to work as chimney-sweepers because they could fit down the small spaces to clean them out. Also, the piece implies that venereal disease was rampant through the city. The poet writes, “How the youthful Harlot’s curse/Blasts the new born Infant’s tear,/And blights with plagues the Marriage hearse” (lines 14-16). Blake states that venereal disease strikes newborn infants who are born into the world infected because of their parents’ choices.
The author uses subjective personal experience and the dramatic social context to relay his message about the state of the city. Blake lists several instances, such as “I wander thro’ each charter’d street,” (line 1) and “…mark in every face I meet” (line 3), to tell the reader that he has personally encountered these events. Several references to the social context of the time are used in this poem. There are references to the children who were sold into the chimney-sweeping business so that their families could survive. The “…Chimney-sweeper’s cry” (line 9) describes how painful this process was for these children. They would inhale the soot and ash, and would often die in their teenage years due to the damage caused to their lungs. Blake also references military struggle that caused pain to many families, as well as the venereal disease that was ruining the lives of newborn infants and the families that they were born into.
The underlying warrant of this poem is that the proper authorities of the city should be responsible for the well-being of the people who live in that community. Blake uses descriptive phrases to show the reader that times are bad in the city, but if the people in charge would do something to fix it, it would be a happier time in the city.