Writing Into Day - The Idea of the Wicked Problem


  • I am assuming two things about you folks at this point in the semester:
    • 1 --Everyone has purchased his or her books for History and Writing and Rhetoric or you have made arrangements to go to the library to use the books on reserve or borrowed books from friends.
    • 2--Everyone has created a Google Drive account and has created and shared a Folder with me for your. This Folder is where you are housing your Writing Portfolio.
  • Let's discuss the first writing assignment - The Rhetorical Analysis. You can find the assignment description on the link on this wiki that says - LCE - Assignment Descriptions on the Sidebar menu. Also, you can access this assignment on Blackboard -- See the Sidebar for course and click on the link for Content.
  • Writing Groups

Learning and Lessons for the Day

Today we will be tackling some of the key ideas from our syllabus and other important terms associated with rhetoric:

  • Rhetoric
  • Rhetorical Situation
  • Exigence
  • Context
  • Rhetor or Writer or Speaker
  • Audience
  • Ethos, Pathos, Logos

Reading Discussion --See the terms above!


  • Read start making your way through Ch. 4 - "The Price of Patriotism: John Sewall and John Adams" in ''Contending Voices." Plan to read this more than once.
  • Read in NWWK the following mini-chapters:
    • Writing Group 1 --1.4) Words Get Their Meanings from Other Words
    • Writing Group 2 -- 1.5)Writing Mediates Activity
    • Writing Group 3 --1.6) Writing Is Not Natural
    • Writing Group 4 -- 1.8) Writing Involves Making Ethical Choices
    • Writing Group 5 --1.9) Writing Is a Technology through Which Writers Create and Recreate Meaning
  • Writeabout Ch. 4 in CV, your rhetoric key words and your mini-chapter. What you write is up to you. The idea is to use "writing as a knowledge-making activity." Here are some things you could do to make this writing a knowledge-making activity:
    • Take notes
    • Practice inquiry (a process of asking questions about a text and eventually answering them)
    • Define terms and vocabulary in your own words