Understanding the Rhetorical Situation

Start with Purdue OWL explanation of "Rhetorical Situation": be sure to read through all of the pages below (also linked from the left navigation at Purdue OWL). Note, too, on the first page, at the top, you can see a PowerPoint slide set related to the pages.

Next, read this brief explanation of "Rhetorical Situation"

Finally, here is a short summary PDF you can download for quick review:

Using the "Elements of the Rhetorical Situation" and the concept of "Kairos" explain the Rhetorical Situation for one of the genre/texts you propose to produce for your semester project. Discuss in groups to help one another. Remember that you can propose more than one rhetorical situation, depending on the focus of your writing.

  • What do you expect the readers to do about your topic?
  • What do you want to change?
  • What do you want your audience to take away from your writing?

Submit this to OneDrive. There will be a folder within the Genre Writing folder titled "Rhetorical Situations"