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Thomas Waldon

Rhetorical Knowledge

Focus on a purpose:

The entire point of our assignments was to accomplish a specific goal; a goal is
synonymous with purpose, therefore we focused on a purpose on every assignment with
a specific rule or goal. This sounds really stupid, but focusing on a purpose through
rhetorical knowledge is something that sort of happened passively without any really
application of intense skill or forethought

Respond to the Needs of Different Audiences:

Different assignments will sometimes have different audiences, for example our PSA
project had the potential to have a variety of audiences given the fact that we as
students had to present our PSA to the class, rather than just have it graded by one
person. (The instructor.) We had to adjust our project to the needs of whatever group we
were aiming the PSA at.

Respond Appropriately to Different Kinds of Rhetorical Situations:

This is more or less the exact same question as the one above; adjusting the project to
suit the needs of whatever the situation calls for in the assignment prompt. There isnt
one type of rhetoric that is appropriate for every situation.

Use Conventions of Format and Structure Appropriate to the Rhetorical Situation:

This topic is related to the last two responses in that different rhetorical situations call for
different styles of formatting and structure, for example a persuasive essay will have a
different compositional structure than an essay that is analytical in nature.

Adopt Appropriate Voice, Tone, and Level of Formality:

Once again this is something that sort of happened on its own as long as the guidelines
for the assignment are followed. Each type of situation has its own specific type of
rhetorical response that is appropriate, and the tone, voice, and amount of formality
should reflect what his being said, and to whom. The way we worded our PSA is going
to be different than how we worded our scholarship essay due to the audience.

Write in Several Genres:

I have written to persuade, inform and analyze.

Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing

Use writing and reading for inquiry, learning, thinking, and communicating

It can go without saying much that the above actions did take place during our projects,
and that in order to learn how to communicate we had to properly think about how to do
it, by inquiring the instructor on how properly do the assignment.

Understand a writing assignment as a series of tasks, including finding, evaluating,
analyzing, and synthesizing appropriate primary and secondary sources.

For all but one of our projects, we were required to do all of the aforementioned tasks in
order to properly do the assignment. In order to analyze our advertisements, we would
have to research how people reacted to them, and by doing such warranted sourcing
those responses as proof of analysis and synthesis.

Integrate their own ideas with those of others

Who is their? Me? If it is me being referenced, then I can say that I had to integrate my
own ideas to others for the PSA project.

Understand the relationship among language, knowledge, and power

Which relationship? The part where with great knowledge comes great responsibility?
Im not entirely sure what to say here. I mean knowledge of language is a powerful thing,
I guess, but thats all I can come up with.


Be aware that it usually takes multiple drafts to create and complete a successful text

I have been aware of this since high-school. (*confident-affirmation)

Develop flexible strategies for generating, revising, editing, and proof-reading

I would sit down, tell myself This isnt good enough, youre not good enough... and
wallow in self pity until the essay was changed into something better.

Understand writing as an open process that permits writers to use later invention and re-
thinking to revise their work.

None of our work was perfect, and required multiple drafts. If there was a better way to
say something in our PSA, the group I was in might re-film the segment in order to get a
better grade. We improved our work.

Understand the collaborative and social aspects of the writing process

As mentioned before, one of our assignments involved working in a group, for our PSA.
We had to understand the capabilities of each other in order to function and properly do
the assignment.

Learn to critique their own and others work

This is like, a mandatory skill for anyone who wants to pass any sort of writing class.
Being able to realize hmm maybe this analysis sounds too bias can mean the
difference between an A and a B on an assignment. I realize that I can always improve
upon anything I do even if it seems like such a miniscule change such as comma
placement and the spelling of the word armor/armour.

Learn to balance the advantages of relying on others with the responsibility of doing
their part

In order to properly do the PSA project, I had to be trusting enough to allow others to do
their part of the work. I needed to be confident enough in myself to make up for any
slight distrust in others.

Use a variety of technologies to address a range of audiences

Email for our scholarship essays, internet video for our PSA, and plain text for other
assignments should be sufficient proof of varied audience outreach.

Knowledge of conventions

Learn common formats for different kinds of texts

Wasnt this a question under Rhetorical Knowledge?

Develop knowledge of genre conventions ranging from structure and paragraphing to
tone and mechanics

Its much easier to just point you to some of the projects Ive done for this course rather
than try to explain how I know this stuff, so go there. Now, shoo.

Practice appropriate means of documenting their work

By turing in multiple drafts and reflective memos I was able to prove a linear work flow
for each project in a way that allowed the instructor to confidently grade my

Control such surface features as syntax, grammar punctuation, and spelling

i dunno if can speel gud or no can writ grammer (Please refer to projects for proof.)

Composing in Electronic Environments

Use electronic environments for drafting, reviewing, revising, editing, and sharing texts

I would say that roughly 99.99% of all work I did in this class regarding large projects
was on a computer typing stuff, I really dont know what to say to prove it other than the
fact that Im typing this assignment on a computer at this very moment, which will soon
be shared to my instructor via email and the proprietary service known as Blackboard.

Locate, evaluate, organize, and use research material collected from electronic sources,
including scholarly library databases; other official databases, and informal electronic
networks and internet sources

Yes, I got sources from the internet. (See Coca-Cola Superbowl ad assignment)

Understand and exploit the differences in the rhetorical strategies and in the affordances
available for both print and electronic composing processes and texts

Electronic sources are easily available, and easily forgeable depending on its origin and
conceptive bias. Paper sources can have issues too, but are much harder to
misinterpret. (Based solely on personal blah blah blah.)