Rhetorical Approaches to College Writing

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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, according to Aristotle, is “the art of persuasion.” This book focuses on the ways that persuasive language can be used to communicate with others through writing, particularly the writing you will do while at UNCG. Although all writing follows different conventions, the essays in this book are intended to provide you with a critical framework through which to view your own writing and the writing of others. In addition, this book will help you cultivate a deeper understanding of the writing process and the reading and writing strategies you can use in your approach to different writing contexts.   This text is meant to help you acquire a foundational understanding of rhetoric that will help you navigate the various rhetorical situations required in your academic lives, but these principles are also helpful to consider in your professional and personal lives.

The book is divided into four sections, each of which emphasizes a general framework within which to consider rhetoric. Rhetorical Foundations seeks to answer two questions: What are we studying and why does it matter? First, we must understand the fundamental concepts of rhetoric, then the context in which we learn about rhetoric in the academy. Rhetorical Approaches examines various considerations we must make each time we communicate, both in informal situations such as with our friends and co-workers and in formal situations such as writing or presenting in the classroom or workplace. Rhetorical Research offers strategies and rules of thumb for conducting responsible, effective, and comprehensive research to inform our opinions and support our arguments. Finally, Rhetorical Situations examines the rhetorical aspects of academic work. In addition to these four sections, Rhetorical Approaches to College Writing also includes an Appendix with sample texts and writing exercises.

Success in the academy and in life depends in no small part on a mastery of rhetoric, for it is the method we choose for communication in any given situation.  The resources presented in Rhetorical Approaches to College Writing will enable you to analyze and respond to various rhetorical situations effectively and with confidence.


Rhetorical Approaches to College Writing

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

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