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Rhetorical Approaches to College Writing

Rhetorical Approaches to College Writing (and its previous iterations) has been a textbook written by the instructors in the UNCG College Writing Program since 1996. It’s geared specifically toward UNCG students and incorporated into all sections of ENG 101 and 102.

Rhetoric is, according to Aristotle, the art of persuasion. As your guide for College Writing, Rhetorical Approaches to College Writing focuses primarily on the ways that persuasive language can be used to communicate with others through writing and speaking, particularly the writing you will do in an academic context. Although each writing situation is unique, College Writing will provide you with foundational tools, which can apply in any situation, by exploring your own writing and the writing of others.

To help you manage the new skills you’ll be learning, Rhetorical Approaches to College Writing is divided into four parts that loosely follow the writing process. Part I, Introduction to College Writing, covers foundational concepts in rhetoric and writing as well as some more general, student-centered information that is designed to start you out on a successful path. Part II, Analyzing and Acknowledging Others, provides you with skills for working with sources, including finding them, reading them, and thinking critically about how you might have a conversation with them. Note that conversation doesn’t mean that you are literally talking out loud to your sources; it means that you are figuring out what they are saying so you can respond to them with your own ideas. From there, Part III, Crafting and Drafting, helps you figure out how to communicate your response in that conversation. Here, you’ll find a variety of methods and advice for ensuring that you make your voice heard and convey the message you want. Finally, in Part IV, Revising and Reflecting, you’ll be let in on a little secret—writing is never finished. As you re-visit your ideas and the way you have communicated them, you’ll continue to learn, grow, and improve.

No matter where you’re coming from or how much previous experience you have with formal writing in an academic context, you can be successful in College Writing. You have something to say, and we want to help you say it in the most effective way possible. Welcome.


Rhetorical Approaches to College Writing

2018—Kristie L. Ellison, Carl Schlachte, Beth Miller
2017—Lilly Berberyan, Kristie L. Ellison, Alicia Beeson
2016—S. Brenta Blevins, Lilly Berberyan, Alison M. Johnson
2015—Meghan H. McGuire, S. Brenta Blevins, Alison M. Johnson
2014—Chelsea Skelley, Kathleen T. Leuschen, Meghan McGuire
2013—Lavina Ensor, Chelsea Skelley, Kathleen T. Leuschen
2012—Courtney Adams Wooten, Sally Smits, Lavina Ensor

Technê Rhêtorikê: Techniques of Discourse for Writers and Speakers

2011—Jacob Babb, Sally Smits, Courtney Adams Wooten
2010—Will Dodson, Alan Benson, Jacob Babb
2009—Laurie Lyda, Alan Benson, Will Dodson, Katie Fennell

Writing Matters

2008—Melissa J. Richard, Brandy L. Grabow, Laurie Lyda
2007—Temeka L. Carter, Brandy L. Grabow, Melissa J. Richard
2006—Karen C. Summers, Temeka L. Carter, Sara Littlejohn
2005— Rita Jones-Hyde, Karen C. Summers, Liz Vogel
2004—Rita Jones-Hyde, Chris Porter, Liz Vogel
2003—David Carithers, Heidi Hanrahan, Bethany Perkins
2001—Rebecca Jones, Jackie Grutsch McKinney, Jason Tower

Write Angles: A Journal of Composition

1999—Judit Szerdahelyi, Katie Ryan, Cynthia Nearman
1998—Keith Gammons, Beth Howells, Lee Torda
1997—Diann L. Baecker, Timothy Flood, Jewell Rhodes Mayberry
1996—Bob Haas, Janet Bean, Warren Rochelle