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GWRJ Issue 13.1

Fall 2022

Gideon Kwawukumey

The Genre of Sport Anthems: A Critical Analysis of How the Chelsea Anthem Text Conveys Loyalty and Fanaticism


Using P-CHAT terms and the concept of multimodality, Kwawukumey considers the Chelsea anthem as a spoken genre and shows how it influences and reinforces football supporters’ love and support for the club.

Charley Koenig

Picturing Literate Activity: When Worlds Collide (But Make It Cute)

For Koenig, these past few semesters have been all about adapting–to a pandemic, grad school, and a new baby. She has modified her literate activity space to make room for all the life things that now exist alongside it.

Nichol Brown

The Twilight Renaissance and Nostalgia: The Power of Community (and TikTok)


Brown analyzes the Twilight Renaissance through P-CHAT and explores the way the revival in the series has allowed old fans to embrace their younger selves and defy the shame associated with the fandom.

Isabel Crabtree

A Dive into the True Crime Community

Crabtree explores the true crime discourse community to better understand how it functions and grows. She looks at why the gruesome topic of true crime has grown in popularity and how its consumption can affect our personal lives.

ulysses c. bougie

a grassroots article that is a spiral

bougie (he/they) conducts a writing experiment in which they attempt to embrace their tendency to spiral when writing. They posit that spiraling writing is one example of a slightly off-key approach to (free)writing, a brainstorming exercise that might prove useful for writers who feel lost in the messiness of their own thoughts when they try to compose something.

Charley Koenig

“I Should Quit, Right?” And Other Things I’ve Said While (Trying) to Learn to Play Chess

Koenig traces the many paths that could have led to quitting as she learned a new literate activity: how to play chess. Though more of a story about the practices of teaching and learning something new than actually learning chess, Koenig weaves in the concepts of antecedent knowledge, multimodality, and uptake to relay her struggles with pawns and frustration.

Charley Koenig

Checkmate: A Visual Companion to “I Should Quit, Right?”

In this infographic, Koenig visually maps out the various paths she took in her attempts at learning to play chess. She realizes that learning a new literate activity, or perhaps learning anything new in general, is almost always messier and more complicated than we initially think it’s going to be.

Tava Matesi

Why Do Professional Dancers Need to Write? 


Matesi dives into how professional dancers utilize writing much more than people think. They write their own choreography, analyze past works, and even keep a journal. Writing helps with everything from discussing other artists’ work to starting the creative process of making a piece. 

A. B. M. Shafiqul Islam

House Hunting as an Activity System


As an international student, Islam looks into the challenge of finding housing in a different culture. He explores how the process of renting entails a plethora of interconnected components of a complex activity system. 

Alex Helderman 

A Guide to Writing as a Nurse

Helderman focuses on the different forms of writing found in the nursing field, how they relate to P-CHAT terms, and why they are so important to the profession. 

Brianna Zangara

Food and Family: Cookbooks as Genre and Activity


Zangara explores her family’s Italian cooking traditions and how these have impacted her knowledge of cookbooks as a form of literature. Using a personal cookbook that is over 150 years old, she draws on the various components that make up her family cooking history and how her antecedent knowledge has influenced her learning.

Nicholas Gajda

The Journey of Becoming a CPA

Gajda looks into the activities and texts a person working to become a CPA might encounter. He explains his reasons for choosing accounting, provides some information on different types of accounting and accounting careers, and discusses one of the primary texts a person has to understand to become an accountant, the Uniform CPA exam.

Edcel J. Cintron-Gonzalez, Charley Koenig, and Samantha Moe

A Conversation about A Conversation with a Grassroots Author: A Look at the Podcast Series Created for the Writing Program Community

Cintron-Gonzalez, Koenig, and Moe pulled from episodes of A Conversation with a Grassroots Author (a Writing Program podcast series) to highlight examples of how two Grassroots authors (Moe and Cintron-Gonzalez themselves!) approached and researched their own unique articles. After introducing the podcast series, they walk through the ways in which they performed research, made theoretical connections, and studied literate activity.

Madi Kartcheske

Dungeons and Dragons and Literate Activity: Locating Writing (Research) Identity

Kartcheske discusses the role of Dungeons and Dragons in developing her confidence as a writer. She breaks down the influence of tabletop roleplaying games in her creativity and her ever-expanding writing community.

Madelyn Morrow

Shuffling the Literate Activities of Spotify

Morrow applies the concept of multimodality to Spotify. 

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