Menu

Think Rhetorically

 

Write more effective documents and save time by considering the audience, purpose, context, and media for a document. Adjust your voice, tone, and persona to accommodate your communication situation.

For every writing project, you can best determine what you want to say and how you want to say it by analyzing the components of your rhetorical situation (which is sometimes called your communication situation). Learning to think rhetorically is one of the most important benefits of an education. Successful leaders and decision makers are capable of making good decisions because they have learned to examine problems from a rhetorical perspective. Successful writers have learned they can write a more effective document in less time by thinking rhetorically.

Thinking rhetoricallycan refer to many mental activities—such as focusing on identifying the needs of a particular audience or context.

 


"Think Rhetorically" was written by Joseph Moxley, University of South Florida

What to Think about When Writing for a Particular Audience

Writers must have a clear sense of to whom they are writing (the audience) and what the audience's values and/or opinions related to the topic are.

Read more...

Consider Your Audience

Determine your audience and adjust your writing accordingly.

Read more...

Consider Your Purpose

Identifying the primary reason for writing provides you with the focus you need to write an effective document in less time.

Like an onion that is peeled, revealing multiple layers, a writing document may have multiple purposes. A persuasive essay, for example, may have paragraphs that inform, paragraphs that persuade, paragraphs tha threaten, and paragraphs that request information. However, on a more global level, each document must have one primary purpose.

Read more...

Consider Your Context

Identify the circumstances surrounding the writing project. What is going on in the world at large that relates to how you develop and present your project?

Context refers to the occasion, or situation, that informs the reader about why a document was written and how it was written. The way writers shape their texts is dramatically influenced by their context. Writers decide how to shape their sentences by considering their contexts.

Read more...

Consider Your Media

Learn how to be more creative about the effective use of media.

Media can refer to how meaning is conveyed. For example, people speak of TV and radio as a kind of media--the mass media. They refer to printed documents distributed by newspapers, magazines, and books as print media. Texts such as databases or multimedia published on the Internet are called online media.The term media is broadly defined, yet two definitions are particularly popular:

Read more...

Writing Commons Open Text

2013 Aaron Swartz Best Webtext Award

The Aaron Swartz Best Webtext Award 2013

This poll is expired and voting is closed.
13.53%
11.18%
35.29%
Smart Searching (30 Votes)
17.65%
1323411692 [{"id":"2","title":"Creating Scientific Posters","votes":"23","pct":"13.53","type":"x","order":"2","resources":[{"type":"url","option_id":"2","value":"http:\/\/writingcommons.org\/open-text\/genres\/technical-writing"}]},{"id":"3","title":"Getting Started Writing on a Wiki","votes":"16","pct":"9.41","type":"x","order":"3","resources":[{"type":"url","option_id":"3","value":"http:\/\/writingcommons.org\/open-text\/new-media\/wikis\/1074-getting-started-writing-on-a-wiki"}]},{"id":"5","title":"Synthesizing Your Research Findings","votes":"22","pct":"12.94","type":"x","order":"5","resources":[{"type":"url","option_id":"5","value":"http:\/\/writingcommons.org\/open-text\/research-methods-methodologies\/integrate-evidence\/incorporate-evidence\/1030-synthesizing-your-research-findings"}]},{"id":"7","title":"E-mail Guidelines for Students","votes":"19","pct":"11.18","type":"x","order":"7","resources":[{"type":"url","option_id":"7","value":"http:\/\/writingcommons.org\/open-text\/new-media\/netiquette\/1024-e-mail-guidelines-for-students"}]},{"id":"8","title":"Formulating a Thesis","votes":"60","pct":"35.29","type":"x","order":"8","resources":[{"type":"url","option_id":"8","value":"http:\/\/writingcommons.org\/open-text\/writing-processes\/focus\/856-formulating-a-thesis"}]},{"id":"9","title":"Smart Searching","votes":"30","pct":"17.65","type":"x","order":"9","resources":[{"type":"url","option_id":"9","value":"http:\/\/writingcommons.org\/open-text\/information-literacy\/library-and-internet-research\/web-search-strategies\/850-smart-searching"}]}] ["#ff5b00","#4ac0f2","#b80028","#eef66c","#60bb22","#b96a9a","#62c2cc"] sbar 200 200 /comm-polls-home-layout/vote/1-the-aaron-swartz-best-webtext-award-2013 No answer selected. Please try again. Thank you for your vote. Answers Votes ...