Writing Into Day (only the first 10 minutes of class)

According to David R. Russell in NWWK, "writing mediates activity" (26). Texting is a form of writing. Think about one of your recent texts in which some sort of an activity was being mediated.

  • What activity?
  • How was this text social in nature?
  • How was it rhetorical in nature? (Remember if it involves a writer who is trying to influence an audience?
  • What was the context?


  • The Constitution in the 21st Century: A faculty discussion panel commemorating Constitution Day, 2017 
    • 2‐4 PM, UC Bayview Room 320 
    • Monday, Sept 18, 2017 (TODAY)
  • Turn-In Protocol for the Rhetorical Analysis First Draft on 9/22 in a hard copy (paper). Turn in the Rhetorical Analysis First Draft to your Composition Instructor (ME). Be prepared to work on the Draft from your Writing Portfolio in class that day for Peer Review.
  • What You Said You Need Help with on RA Project
  • The Clean Copy of the Table

Learning and Lessons for the Day

The Composing or Writing Process

  • Prewriting
  • Drafting
  • Revising
  • Editing
  • Publishing or in the case of student work - Turning it in!

According to Kathleen Blake Yancey, composing processes vary according to the following:

  • the individual writer
  • the genre being composed
  • the rhetorical situation

(Yancey 52)

Start paying attention to your composing process. What is your composing process?

The Idea of a The Working Thesis

  • What does a thesis statement do?
  • What is working thesis statement
  • What is a claim?

Thesis Statement Samples for the Rhetorical Analysis

Your Primary Source Document Discussion

  • Source 1: “Instructions of the Town of Braintree to the Representative” (1765)
  • Source 2: Jonathan Sewall Offers a Defense of British Authority (1771)
  • Source 3: Jonathan Sewall on the Revolutionary Threat (1775)
  • Source 4: John Adams, Novanglus” (1775)

What troubles did you encounter making meaning out of these texts?

Working with In-Text Citation


Read the following:

  • "Shitty First Drafts" by Anne Lamott
  • In Naming What We Know, read:
    • 3.2 "Writer's Histories, Processes, and Identities Vary" by Kathleen Blake Yancey (52).
    • 4.0 "All Writers Have More to Learn" by Shirley Rozen (59).

Write Using the Thesis Statement Samples for the Rhetorical Analysis as a guide, compose your own working thesis statement for your rhetorical analysis.

Write---Continue working on your rhetorical analysis. Remember the rough draft is due on Friday in this class. Hard copy ---STAPLED COPY!