Writing 101 – Bruno Gragnani

Throughout the course of this semester, I was assigned to investigate rhetorically the Community House Church and the neighborhood of Adams Morgan. As a continuation to WRTG 100, where all students were asked to read Ruben Castaneda’s S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in DC, the location assigned to me was retrieved from one of the chapters from Castaneda’s book. My journey, however, didn’t happen alone. All my classmates were also assigned the same project, with the ultimate goal of mapping as many commonplaces as possible in various locations around the nation’s capital. The final product is this map, which includes every single location explored by one of my colleagues. As I mentioned before, the location I chose was the Community House Church, located in the neighborhood of Adams Morgan, a couple of blocks away from one of the most diverse intersections in DC: Columbia Road and 18th Street. After dissecting rhetorically the Church in my first project, it was clear to me that many of the patterns I had seen within the church were part of something greater. It felt as if I had a zoomed in picture, and only by zooming out would I be able to fully understand what I was tasked with. That leads to my second project, Mapping Commonplaces, a multimodal assignment in which I analyzed the diversity of Adams Morgan. To contribute to these two projects, I had to research and write about several archives, and look through sources that could help me better understand the complex topoi I was assigned with. Throughout the semester, I also had to write up several commonplaces, which were short assignments that required me to rhetorically analyze anything I thought was relevant. Lastly, we had to compose a few reading analyses about David Fleming’s City of Rhetoric, where we also rhetorically analyzed and dissected the meaning of each chapter.  To view all my writing samples, click here.