Master of Arts in English Plan II Graduate Projects


This portfolio fulfills the requirements for a Master of Arts degree in English with a specialization in Professional Writing and Rhetoric. Following an analytical narrative about the collection, the first selection in the portfolio begins as a book analysis and ends with an examination of research on the effects of texting on student grammar. The second selection addresses a scholarly resource gap in technical writing and fills that gap with a review of the Backward Design model for curriculum construction and learning theory that supports the model, and further provides a sample lesson showcasing how to apply the model to technical writing courses. The third selection in the portfolio shifts the focus to visual rhetoric and examines choices that the creator of an image makes to communicate a message powerful enough to the viewer of the image to effect change. In the final selection, visual rhetoric is further explored and argues that the semeiosis of man’s body, man’s mind, and God, together, is a sign as understood through the Peircean Model, and man’s body is merely the sign vehicle.


Professional Writing and Rhetoric

First reader

Dr. Heather Jordan

Second reader

Ms. Kimberly Spallinger

Publication Date

Summer 8-14-2019