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Writing Skills

This is from Purdue University Owl--online writing lab.

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Writing Skills

  1. 1. Understanding Writing: The Rhetorical Situation A workshop brought to you by the Purdue University Writing Lab
  2. 2. Rhetorical Situation <ul><li>Writer </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Audience </li></ul><ul><li>Topic </li></ul><ul><li>Context </li></ul>
  3. 3. Writer <ul><li>your personal characteristics and interests affect what you write about and how you write about it </li></ul>
  4. 4. Writer: factors which can affect your writing include <ul><li>your age </li></ul><ul><li>your experiences </li></ul><ul><li>your gender </li></ul><ul><li>your location </li></ul><ul><li>your political beliefs </li></ul><ul><li>your education </li></ul><ul><li>your parents and peers </li></ul><ul><li>your religion </li></ul>
  5. 5. Purpose: your reason for writing <ul><li>to ___________ </li></ul><ul><li>to inform </li></ul><ul><li>to persuade </li></ul><ul><li>to educate </li></ul><ul><li>to call to action </li></ul><ul><li>to entertain </li></ul><ul><li>to shock </li></ul>
  6. 6. Genre <ul><li>category of writing </li></ul><ul><li>examples: fiction, autobiographical story, news article, review, editorial, analysis </li></ul><ul><li>genres hinge upon purpose and the needs of the projected audience </li></ul>
  7. 7. Audience: to whom are you writing? <ul><li>many of the same factors which affect the writer also affect the audience </li></ul><ul><li>age </li></ul><ul><li>social class </li></ul><ul><li>education </li></ul>
  8. 8. Topic <ul><li>whatever it is that you have selected to write about </li></ul><ul><li>may be broadened or narrowed, depending upon the length of the article and your level of interest </li></ul>
  9. 9. Context <ul><li>the “situation” which generates the need for writing </li></ul><ul><li>affected by time period </li></ul><ul><li>location </li></ul><ul><li>current events </li></ul><ul><li>cultural significance </li></ul>
  10. 10. Rhetorical Situation <ul><li>Writer </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Audience </li></ul><ul><li>Topic </li></ul><ul><li>Context </li></ul>
  11. 11. What This Means <ul><li>You need to be aware that a rhetorical situation exists EVERY TIME you write. </li></ul><ul><li>You need to adapt your writing depending upon your purpose and your audience. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Where can you go for additional help with writing assignments? <ul><li>Purdue University Writing Lab </li></ul><ul><li>Heavilon 226 </li></ul><ul><li>Grammar Hotline: (765) 494-3723 </li></ul><ul><li>Check our web site: </li></ul><ul><li>Email brief questions: [email_address] </li></ul>Purdue University Writing Lab