"Writing is a Social and Rhetorical Act?!" (NWWK 1.0)

Rhetoric is defined as,"the art of speaking or writing effectively to influence and audience... the study of writing or speaking as a means of communication or persuasion..."

"... writing can never be anything but a social and rhetorical act, connecting us to other people across time and space in an attempt to respond adequately to the needs of an audience." (Roozen 18.)

  • Who is Margaret Sanger? Why is she a rebel?
  • Let's take a look at Margaret Sanger's writing. The Story of Sadie Sachs
  • Get into groups of 4. In your groups, I would like for you to answer the following questions.
  • Who do you think was Sanger's the intended audience for the story of Sadie Sachs?
  • What do you think motivated Sanger to share this story?
  • How does Sanger's writing connecting us to other people across time and space?
  • Is Sangerís piece persuasive? Why or why not?
  • Open class discussion.

How does this source relate to the image you analyzed at the start of class? What connections do you see?