Case 3 Workshop: Basing Introductions on the Facts and Values We Share with our Best Readers
Among the things that "best readers" can help writers do well, knowing where to start the paper is among the most important. In the "get my mom to Pearlstone" exercise, we rapidly discovered the inappropriateness of any instructions that did not begin by taking into consideration their best reader, an 84-year-old woman who drives little and will not fly or take a train and who lives in Marathon, Florida. For this last Case 3 workshop, switch peer-editing partners so you are working with someone on the opposite side of the room with whom you have not already worked, and determine what values and facts you think are important that also are important to your best readers. Those shared values and facts are the launch pad for your paper. Look at the paper's introduction, and find ways to use what you share with your best readers, along with what else you understand about them, to make the paper begin more efficiently and effectively.