PWR's Blog Posts

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

Cultivating Empathy in Your Classes

PWR instructors Donna Hunter and Emily Polk collected a series of materials to help instructors cultivate empathy and compassion in their classes. Below are several resources that they have  curated, ranging from in-class activities to instructional content. Their work was funded by the Open XChange grant program.