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The Reading-Writing Connection. What’s Rhetoric Got to Do with Writing?. Understanding Your Writing Task. What have you been assigned to do? How do you want to shape your readers’ understanding of your subject? How can you shape your rhetoric effectively and efficiently?. inform explain

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The reading writing connection

The Reading-Writing Connection

What’s Rhetoric Got to Do with Writing?


Understanding your writing task

Understanding Your Writing Task

  • What have you been assigned to do?

  • How do you want to shape your readers’ understanding of your subject?

  • How can you shape your rhetoric effectively and efficiently?


Look for does verbs

inform

explain

describe

define

defend

entertain

evaluate

persuade

prove

classify

report

explore

convince

analyze

propose

compare

argue

observe

formulate

Look for “Does” Verbs


Purpose audience and subject

Purpose, Audience, and Subject

Why are you writing? Who are your imagined readers? Does your imagined audience affect what you are writing about? Consider:

  • age

  • gender

  • education

  • values and beliefs

  • prior knowledge about topic

  • attitude toward topic

  • expectations


Try this

Try This:

You went to a party on Saturday night and didn’t go to bed at all. In the next few days (after recovering from your killer headache), you have several people to talk to. Discuss your weekend activities with the following audiences:

  • Your mother

  • Your best friend

  • Your significant other (who attends another school)

  • Your advisor

  • A classmate

  • Your pastor or counselor

  • Your elderly neighbor


Practical writing strategies generating ideas

Practical Writing Strategies: Generating Ideas

  • Journal writing

  • Brainstorming

  • Clustering

  • Freewriting

  • Looping

  • Questioning


Practical writing strategies tentative thesis

Practical Writing Strategies: Tentative Thesis

Your tentative thesis is the main idea you will develop as you write. While this thesis will be revised and tailored to the requirements of your assignment, at the earliest stages of writing, a controlling idea needs to be formulated so you can organize and draft.

 Look over your ideas you’ve generated. What concepts, terms, and ideas seem significant? Can you say more about any of these ideas?


Practical writing strategies organizing your ideas

Practical Writing Strategies: Organizing Your Ideas

Scratch outlining

Drafting

Responding


What s the difference between

What’s the difference between….

  • Revising: “seeing again”; deals with the broadest issues of purpose, audience, organization, introduction, conclusion, and detail

  • Editing: deals with small-scale issues such as the length, structure, and variety of your sentences and paragraphs; diction; transitions; punctuation

  • Proofreading: focuses on surface-level problems such as typos, misspellings, and word spacing

    BDon’t rely solely on spell check or grammar check for editing or proofreading. Spell checkers don’t catch everything, and grammar checkers are almost always incorrect.


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