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Rhetorical Analysis of the Booklet Science Fair Fun
Rhetorical Analysis of the Booklet Science Fair Fun
Audience of the Booklet
This booklet addresses particular readers. These are students who are preparing to the science fair. To be more specific, these are the students in grades 6 to 8. Booklet readers are expected to have basic knowledge of the topic based on the previous studying. Nevertheless, its readers may be not familiar with the specialized terms and therefore the special glossary is provided. Students as an audience need a specific approach. To communicate with such an audience, the authors use simple vocabulary and sentences. Usage of informal language is obvious in this booklet. For instance, the authors ask the students if they are stumped on the research on the first page. Questions are the distinctive element of the booklet. They make its audience interested in the further reading. The booklet appeals also to the teachers who are interested in helping students to write the environmental project well.
Usefulness of the Booklet
This little booklet has a huge potential. It helps readers solve problems, inevitable on the preliminary stage of their science fair experiment. In fact, it takes into account all types of problems, which the student may face. When a student is puzzled with where to start, the booklet is a good counselor. It shows systematic guide on conducting an environmental science fair project. To help students further, it provides a number of example projects. It might be very helpful for readers who understand the whole writing process, but have no idea what to write about. As it appears, the topics for the project are easy to find. Topic search just requires attentiveness and creativity. For instance, young people can choose to conduct a trashy survey to determine what percentage of the population around them participates in waste reduction activities. Another option is to create perfect compost and receive a perfect garden. However, these useful ideas are just hints for designing further environmental experiment. Additional useful aspect of the booklet is that it provides the subject glossary. The glossary contains main terms necessary for those who wish to explore their environment protection knowledge. Using the knowledge about stages of environmental science project and ideas for the further development and terms, students can start their research. For those still doubting, the booklet provides the resources page from both published and online.
Reflection of EPA Goals and Culture
So long as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) produces this booklet, it promotes its goals and culture. EPA is known as a federal agency that claims its purpose in protecting human health and the natural environment. Different offices of EPA have different tasks. Particularly, the Office of Solid Waste (OSW) is responsible for ensuring appropriate management of hazardous and nonhazardous waste. As given in the booklet, OSWs goals are to conserve resources by preventing waste; to reduce the waste that cannot be prevented and to ensure that all waste is disposed of properly.
To achieve these goals and further promote education and outreach, OSW encourages students to learn about the 3 Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle) through environmental science fair projects. Thus, environmental protection culture will be promoted by students science experiments.
Booklet as a Product of Collaboration
This booklet is produced collaboratively by the professionals of Environmental Protection Agency. As far as EPA is a federal agency, it can afford to hire the first class experts from different areas. It is obvious from the quality of the booklet. The text is written according to the norms of academic writing, so it was written by a good writer. The logical flow of the document helps readers understand the content. The information and the interpretation of presented data are accurate. There is a balance between the amount of information presented and the time needed to read the document. Information for the booklet is clearly provided by environment experts. The contribution of technical communicators concerns to following characteristics of technical communication. The information must be checked by the editor and arranged by designer. The latter also added some pictures to the booklet.
Use of Design to Increase Readability
This booklet uses specific design features to increase its readability. Booklet pages have different background. Several pages at the beginning and the end of the booklet are orange. Meanwhile, the plot pages have a white background. Orange is thought as a stimulator of enthusiasm and creativity. It makes the perfect move to involve the students in a further reading.
As far as the booklet is intended for students, a casual script typeface is used. The effect of such a typeface is to stress that the science fair is fun. Looking at such a funny font readers are inclined to associate it with something simple. Thus, the goal of easy communication is reached. Then, to highlight some more important information the color is used again. Particularly, text about the meaning of EPA is placed in an orange square. The similar move is found on the fifth page of the booklet. The authors give a piece of advice what to do if a project does not work. Mentioned design accustoms readers to pay more attention to the colorful information and treat it differently. Booklet headlines are also made in orange color. They divide the text into smaller parts that make it very comfortable to read. It helps students navigate the document and enables them to pick the most important information. Thus, the whole publication looks more attractive and catches readers attention from the first sight.
Role of Graphics
As most of the technical documents, this booklet includes words and images. Images are placed almost on every page of this booklet. Each step to conducting a science fair project is accompanied with some picture. When reading the examples of science projects, readers can notice funny pictures near them. For instance, near the project entitled Secrets of gardening success the two smiling worms are depicted. Though the students will have to deal with serious environmental issues and academic writing, this picture has a soothing effect. It encourages readers to take the whole science project easier. Thus, the purpose of pictures in this type of booklet is to communicate and support the main idea Science fair is fun.