Technical Writing



Genre analysis


Write a 1000-1200 word comparison of two types of genres on the same issue or topic. Carefully choose two different genres about the same subject matter for your genre analysis essay. 

Choose your genres carefully—poor choices will lead to an insufficient genre analysis.

You'll be discussing the two examples and citing the reading material (or other research) in support of your ideas.


Consider our discussion on the concept of genre, how to recognize different genres, and the features that differentiate one genre from another. You should begin the process by creating a matrix that shows the differences and similarities through the four areas of genre analysis: rhetorical issues, content, structure, and style/language as a way to formulate/outline the content in the body of the essay.  

Consider the ways writing differs among the two genres you are analyzing.

Paper structure

Start with a brief discussion of the subject/topic that the two genres are focusing on.  Include the title of each piece, the genre type, and the author or company name of each in the introduction. 

Questions to address.


Who is the intended audience for each genre?

What discourse community (or communities) is this audience in?

What is the audience likely to know? Want to know? Why?

How much time will this audience want to spend with the information presented in the genres?

What is the purpose of the information presented in the genres? (inform, persuade, entertain)


How is the information shaped by the genre (s)? (Consider the limitations/freedoms of space, time, layout, audience, and so on.)

How are the genres organized to convey its message?

How does the structure facilitate the purpose of the information in the genre(s)? 


How formal/informal is the language?

What specialized vocabulary is used?

What other language features do you notice?


Which genre was more effective in conveying its message? Why?

Offer a final comment on the impact of genres on discourse.

Some writing help

Writing the genre analysis
This is video was created for a different course assignment. Don't confuse this which your assignment. In other words, ignore all of the comments that are clearly about a specific assignment. He talks about using a previous assignment; you have to analyze two documents with the same purpose. Do that mental translation and this video will make more sense.


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