No Comments on Definitions


Appropriation: helps to understand embedded messages the author conveys to the audience (Guide to First-Year Writing, 336)

Close Reading: a path to critical thinking, is also called efferent reading. There are several elements to close reading, including: Learn about the author, Skim the text (a first read), Explore your preliminary beliefs on the subject, Annotate the text, Outline the text and Free-write and summarize the text (Rose, pp “31 January 2018”)

Critical Thinking: is the act of objectively weighing information and evidence surrounding an issue in order to form an independent opinion or conclusion (Rose, pp “31 January 2018”)

Cultural Specificity: inherent cultural bias in the creating and reading of texts (Guide to First-Year Writing, 329)

Discourse Community: a group of people who share both a purpose and means of communicating


Graffiti: comes from the Greek word graphein meaning to write

Hyperliterate: images act as a kind of shorthand- conveying a great deal of information in a flash for an information- saturated populace (Guide to First-Year Writing, 328)


Lexicon: a book of language: lexis- (words) and legion (to speak). (Rose, pp “31 January 2018”)

Material Culture: the physical objects, such as tools, domestic articles, or religious objects, which give evidence of the type of culture developed by a society or group (Oxford Dictionary)

Parody: replicates aspects of the original that make the reference recognizable while creating a satirical or humorous effect (Guide to First-Year Writing, 326)

Primary Research: any type of research that you collect yourself (Owl Purdue)

Prowian Analysis: is the first part of what has become known as the “Prownian Method,” a means of identifying, analyzing and categorizing objects in Historical Archaeology.


Secondary Research: any type of data you collect using existing data. (Owl Purdue)

Thesis: statement or theory that is put forward as a premise to be maintained or proved

Thick Description: intensive, small-scale, dense descriptions of social life from observation, through which broader cultural interpretations and generalizations can be made


Two major factors that have transformed the form and content of the visual images we produce today are reproducibility and malleability (Guide to Firs-Year Writing, 331)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *