Shelley Rodrigo Teaching Portfolio

Rhetorical Knowledge

Rhetorical knowledge is the ability to analyze contexts and audiences and then to act on that analysis in comprehending and creating texts. Rhetorical knowledge is the basis of composing. Writers develop rhetorical knowledge by negotiating purpose, audience, context, and conventions as they compose a variety of texts for different situations.

By the end of first-year composition, students should

Learn and use key rhetorical concepts through analyzing and composing a variety of texts

Gain experience reading and composing in several genres to understand how genre conventions shape and are shaped by readers’ and writers’ practices and purposes

Develop facility in responding to a variety of situations and contexts calling for purposeful shifts in voice, tone, level of formality, design, medium, and/or structure

Understand and use a variety of technologies to address a range of audiences

Match the capacities of different environments (e.g., print and electronic) to varying rhetorical situations

Writing & Being, Being + Writing = Networking with the World


Created with images by bernswaelz - "scaffold site scaffolding" • blickpixel - "network cables cable patch" • Pexels - "call iphone log in" • Search Engine People Blog - "I Don't Get Twitter" • krheesy - "Neural Network" • Office for National Statistics - "Social Networking The UK as a Leader in Europe"

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