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Are you being asked to write about your own experiences with writing or reading?
YES
Are you being asked to share stories about your experiences?
YES
Is your purpose to develop a stronger understanding of your overall approach and/or relationship with writing or reading?
YES
There's a good chance your situation calls for a literacy narrative!
 

NO



NO

NO




Are you being asked to write about the writing of someone else?
YES
Are you being asked to think carefully about how the text works to meet its rhetorical situation?
Are you being asked to reflect on a specific piece of writing you recently composed?
 
 

NO


NO

YES


YES



Are you sure you're writing about writing? Return to the introduction of this chapter and carefully read the situation description.
NO
Are you being asked to write more generally about the text itself, rather than how it was composed?
There's a good chance your situation calls for a rhetorical analysis!
YES
You might be within a situation that calls for reflection on writing, which is sometimes different from the kind of reflection described in Chapter 5.1.1. Would it be appropriate to approach your task in the same way you would a rhetorical analysis?
NO
Check out the guidance in Chapter 5.1.1. Does it seem more appropriate to your situation?




YES





 
 
Is that text composed by academics for other academics to share knowledge?
YES
You might be writing about scholarship. See Chapter 5.2.2 and see if that description better fits your situation!
 





NO




 
 
You might be writing about texts. See Chapter 5.2.3 and see if that description better fits your situation!