In this workshop, we’re going to dive a bit deeper into rhetoric, which at its core is all about how we communicate. Mike Bunn, in “How to Read Like a Writer,” introduces some of this material (including aspects of the rhetorical situation, starting on p. 76), and reminds us that “all writing consists of a series of choices” (72). He also stresses of making “appropriate” and “effective” choices in our writing.
*READ + ANNOTATE the following short texts about rhetoric (don’t forget to click all links and review all resources in each text):
- What is Rhetoric? (University of Illinois Springfield)
- What is Rhetoric? (A Guide to Technical Communications)
- Rhetorical Situation (Writing Commons)
- Logos, Ethos, Pathos, Kairos (University of Louisville Writing Center) — this site seems to be having technical difficulties at the moment, but it should be back online soon, so check back later in the day — this is a really great resource!
- Rhetorical Appeals (Writing Commons)
- Rhetorical Situations (Purdue OWL)
- Elements of Rhetorical Situations (Purdue OWL) — see the additional explanations of each element and the examples in the left menu
*PARTICIPATE + COMMENT: Add your voice to the mix by commenting below! Comments can take many forms, so there is no one right approach. The goal is simply to engage with the readings about rhetoric and our discussion here about it.
Some suggestions for getting started:
- reflect on your use of rhetoric in your life
- reflect on your use of rhetoric in your Education Narrative
- offer an example of one of the rhetorical appeals (logos, pathos, ethos, kairos)
- offer an analysis of rhetoric in the news or popular media
- ask a clarifying question about rhetoric (the rhetorical situation, the rhetorical context, rhetorical appeals, rhetorical strategies, etc.).
In all cases, the goal is to be as specific as possible. If you’re referring to another text, don’t forget to cite by introducing the (example) text you’re referring to and providing a link to it (if possible).