Project 1 Invention Discussion: Sample Profiles
A profile may be a new genre of writing for you: it isn't a typical or traditional academic essay,
with a clearly-stated thesis up front. Profiles allow for greater creativity in the decisions a
composer can make to impact readers. However, profiles generally have the following features:
Provide some insight into the subject.
Include key specific details about the subject.
Are organized in a rational way that readers both understand and appreciate.
So: What are some of the traits of an effective, reader-centered profile? This invention
assignment (a discussion with other members of your Group composing community) is
designed to help you explore answers to this question by comparing different profiles.
It is crucial that you remember that *none* of these profiles was composed specifically
for our Project 1 assignment. As such, none of the samples is an exact model for you to
follow as you construct your own profile draft. All have different agendas than you do in your
profile for Project 1.
Rather, your goal here is to identify specific elements, specific features, in each profile that you
think are effective, and why. It is also helpful to identify elements of each profile that you don't
think work well, and why.
Please read the following profiles:
“The ASU Jugger Club” by Andrew Howard from The State Press website.
“Book Club, in the Office” by Grace Bird from the Inside Higher Ed website.
“Cornellians to Community” by Winny Sun from the Cornell Daily Sun website.
Vader’s Fist: The 501st Legion (spend time browsing this group’s extensive website)
Initial Discussion Board Post
In your initial discussion board post, please compose 1-3 paragraphs in which you do the
1. Explain what you think the most effective parts of each profile are, and why.
2. Identify at least one example from each profile where effective specific details are
incorporated. Please use quotation marks to signal the specific words/sentences from
each sample profile. Explain why you find the examples you have chosen to be effective.
3. Identify one example (from any of the sample profiles) where secondary source
information is used to enhance the profile for readers. Again, use quotation marks to
signal the words/sentences you have used as this example. Make sure to explain how
this example is effective for external readers.
4. Finally, critically reflect and compose on these profiles, keeping in mind our Project 1
profile assignment. What are key takeaways from these profiles for you? What
techniques do you hope to employ in your own profile? What techniques do you plan to
avoid in your own profile? What have you learned from these sample profiles that
will help you draft your own profile?
Discussion Board Peer Response
As always when we have a discussion, read your peers' postings and learn what you can from
their own examples and reflections on the sample profiles. Respond thoughtfully to at least
one of your peers’ postings, striving to move the discussion forward to help both you
and your peer understand the genre of “profile” more clearly.
While all the Habits of Mind are involved in all work for this course, you'll need to demonstrate
Engagement and Openness as you read these sample group profiles. You'll also need to
employ Metacognition as you think about how you can transfer what you learn from these
profiles to your own Project 1 work.
Note: When you are ready to participate, click the "Discussion: Sample Profiles" link.
Make sure to read and review the Discussion Board Rubric prior to posting and
responding in the forum.
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