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GWRJ Issue 10.2

Spring 2020

Katie Pardun

Let’s CHAT About the Dog Park

When Pardun thinks her perfect fall morning will go to waste, it suddenly turns exciting as she decides to try out the dog park for the very first time. Read how genre comes into play as she takes her dog along on this new journey and analyzes how her uptake makes this trip one that she will remember forever.

Natalie Williams

Genres are Everywhere! (Even in a Circus)

Williams, a freshman member of the circus, interviews the circus director, Marcus Alouan, on what is so unique about his career and what types of genres and writing are included in supporting the Gamma Phi Circus at ISU.

Allison Mool

Exploring the Roles in the Activity System of  Community Theatre


Mool dives into the world of community theater, exploring the different roles and how they are filled. As this activity system becomes more complex, she finds that breaking each piece down lets you truly see the whole.

Jill Hentrich

Public Art: Investigating Logos

Hentrich explores public art as a genre on the campus of Illinois State University. She walks through her journey of the writing process as she shows how one sculpture in particular, named Logos, is a genre and communicates a message to all who pass by.

Thelma Trujillo

Spilling the Tea on Chisme: Storytelling as Resistance, Survival, and Therapy

Trujillo explores how gossip (or chisme) as a genre functions in the Latinx community and the ways it has been remediated as a textual genre to serve different purposes.

Hye Hyon Kim

Know the Language, Know the Culture, and Know the Bases (Basis) of Translingualism in KBO and MLB Baseball

Kim writes about code-switching between languages in the sport of baseball. She analyzes how certain baseball terms switch and change depending on where the sport is played. In comparing MLB to KBO (Korean Baseball Organization) League, Hye Hyon explains how differences in space and culture can influence how the game is constructed and how the sport is perceived within the fan culture.

Katy Lewis

“Are You There?”: Exploring What It Means to Be a Part of  the Kpop Discourse Community


Lewis explores what it’s like to be a part of the American Kpop discourse community. She thinks through the different genres she encounters and the different literate activities she participates in and how they ultimately affect the way she sees and understands the world differently because of her experiences.

Jacob Hopper

The Appalachian Trail: How to Keep Your Memories After


Hopper explores the great outdoors and examines how journaling is an awesome way to keep your memories after the trail ends. He also writes about journaling through the lens of CHAT, and how journaling is an uptake genre, as well as the health benefits of journaling.

Justin Charron

Places and Spaces: Ecology, Reading, Writing, and Writing Research


Where do we find our inspiration to write? How does the environment affect one’s writing and the reception of a text? Looking into his travels on the road, Charron finds inspiration in the most seemingly unlikely of places and considers the impact of ecology, production, uptake, reception, and writer identity construction.

Allison Hauser

Sorry You Have to Read This: The Five Stages of  Writing with Anxiety


Hauser examines her process in writing essays for her classes. She reflects on how her anxiety and Imposter Syndrome impact her in many different ways and play a major role in forming her writing research identity.

Jonathan Sabin

Prove It: Investigating Mathematical Proofs as a Writing Genre


Too many people believe that their future careers won’t involve any more writing than is necessary to fill out a resume. Sabin reveals this notion to be nothing more than wishful thinking in his article about why even something as seemingly antithetical to English as math requires the ability to communicate clearly and effectively through writing.

Heather Sanford Interviews Drew Sanford

Grassroots Literate Activity Interview: Voting in the 2018 Illinois Midterms


Heather Sanford interviews her husband, Drew Sanford, about his voting process. During this interview process, Heather and Drew discuss the literacies of voting and how engaging with the voting process can make clear the ways in which dishonesty and misinformation infect the genres involved.

Charles Woods & Vicki Hightower

Mission Critical: The Literate Activity Systems of  the McLean County YWCA

Woods sits down with Vicki Hightower, who works for the McLean County YWCA, a non-profit organization in Bloomington, Illinois, that provides services to members of the community. She discusses the complex literate activity system of the professional writing she does on a day-to-day basis, which includes interacting with co-workers, communicating with funders and other partnering entities, and writing grants which fund the programs for the chapter of the YWCA for which she works.

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