The context of a rhetorical act, made up (at a minimum) of a rhetor, an issue (or exigence), and an audience.
Put another way, a rhetorical situation occurs when a rhetor, an audience, a medium (such as a text or speech), and a context converge to create a rhetorical act, such as writing or speaking.
Agency: Rhetors are agents of change; a rhetorical act carries with it the burden of agency.
- Discuss genre, audience, context, purpose.
- Use 1st day writing to analyze these concepts
- Work with partners to create discussion about why these things are important, but also why they are obscure to consumers of writing.
- Importance of understanding your audience is fundamental to successful communication (e.g. KS vid)
- Discuss writing process!
- Apply Lamott to writing expectations in college v. high school
- In what ways does Lamott's piece ask you to think differently about your writing?
- Use threshold concepts to move into practice of writing as a social act -> problem solving!
- Writing is a Knowledge-Making Activity
- How does reading also spawn ideas? In what ways does writing about your selected piece continue this formation of ideas?
- Writing Addresses, Invokes, and/or Creates Audiences
- Describe the imagined audience of your piece. Based on the reading, what leads you to this conclusion? Does your piece "[blur] the boundaries between writer and audience?" (p. 21)
- Writing Expresses and Shares Meaning to be Reconstructed by the Reader
- How is your understanding and relationship of your selection unique? How does it demonstrate something about your goals and motives?
- Words Get Their Meanings From Other Words
- In what ways might context (time/technology/regionality) alter the interpretation of your selection?
- Writing Mediates Activity
- What activity might your selection have mediated in your life?
- Writing Is Not Natural
- What limitations might restrict the effectiveness of your selection's meaning?
- Assessing Writing Shapes Contexts and Instruction
- In what ways are you "assessing" your selection? What makes your selection "good" (or not?!) writing?
- Writing Involves Making Ethical Choices
- What specific consequences, inherent in your selection, can you identify? In other words, what might the author of your selection have had to grapple with ethically?
- Writing is a Technology Through Which Writers Create and Recreate Meaning
- Is your selection digital? Would it make a difference if it were? What technological preferences do you have for reading and writing?
To Summarize and Synthesize: How did this piece go out and make something happen? What specific problems does it address?
- Homework: read Wired stories.
- Think about what problems are described in them and come to class Thursday prepared to discuss and explain!
- Making notes that help you summarize your piece will help you.
- I encourage you to contact and communicate with your classmates that have the same piece!