Rhetorical Knowledge

Rhetorical Knowledge*

By the end of first year composition, students should

  • Focus on a purpose
  • Respond to the needs of different audiences
  • Respond appropriately to different kinds of rhetorical situations
  • Use conventions of format and structure appropriate to the rhetorical situation
  • Adopt appropriate voice, tone, and level of formality
  • Understand how genres shape reading and writing
  • Write in several genres

Faculty in all programs and departments can build on this preparation by helping students learn

  • The main features of writing in their fields
  • The main uses of writing in their fields
  • The expectations of readers in their fields

*from The Council of Writing Program Administrators

Advocacy Campaign

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Advocacy Campaign Student Example: To Write Love on Her ArmsBrief Description:
This assignment asks students to use multiple modes and assets to create a multi-genre campaign advocating for an issue in their community. It is ideal for a formative, end-of-term assignment which allows students to revise previous assignments: Students can produce any of the following:
- Website
- Video
- Podcast/Digital Narrative
- Flyer/Table Card
- T-shirt/Button/Pin
- Op-Ed/Op-Art/Newspaper/Magazine article

Total time: Six 75-minute class meetings

Yield: Four separate genres (student's choice)

Courtesy of: Jennifer Nish, University of Kansas
Ingredients:
Equipment: (Varies by student choice)

- A video camera
- A device which records audio
- Video Editing Software (iMovie/WMM)
- Audio Editing Software (Garageband/Audacity)
- Visual Editing Software (Photoshop, Gimp)
- Print Editing Software (Illustrator, InDesign, Publisher)
- Materials (t-shirt, pin, button, etc.)