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Bringing Cultural Rhetorics into the Classroom

Building on PWR’s exploration of cultural rhetorics during September Sessions, Program Meetings, and guest lectures this year, the Teaching and Tutoring Practices Committee is happy to showcase four teaching activities that provide ideas for how to integrate cultural rhetorics into our pedagogy.

Winter 2018 Committee Updates

Since September, the PWR committees have been hard at work to support the lecturers, students, and the program -- sometimes through major initiatives and sometimes through other smaller-scale, but nevertheless important, projects.   Read on below to see what they've been working on so far this year.

Punctilious Rhetorical Enterprise Situation Regarding Grandiloquent Communication (aka An Exercise to Help Students Avoid Stuffy Writing)

Overview: Students read Russell Baker’s two-page parody of “Little Red Riding Hood” and analyze his argument and rhetorical strategies. By retelling a classic fairy tale using stuffy diction and syntax—as well as legalistic jargon and “politically correct” language—Baker cleverly critiques “the modern American language.” Students can have some fun analyzing why Baker’s inflated (and sometimes deflated) prose is so “wrong” not only for this fairy tale but for much writing—including much academic writing.

The Art of PWR

The third floor of Sweet Hall looks very different than it did a year ago. With inviting blue couches and collaborative working areas, PWR has worked hard to create a welcoming and friendly space for our community. On an average day on the third floor of Sweet Hall, it’s easy to spot a lecturer poring over a student paper at the couch or to eye a couple students in conversation in the lounge chairs.

The Reflexivity Memo: Developing student researcher identity through writing

Overview:  This writing activity asks students to understand their various positionalities as researchers/writers and to recognize how their embodied socialized practices shape their research questions and practices.

Activity title: The Reflexivity Memo: Developing student-researcher identity through writing

Author: Jennifer Johnson