WRITING 39C Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Metacognition, Electronic Portfolio, Hubris

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Wr 39B Critical Reading and Rhetoric
- Intro
Rhetoric: a way to see the world in terms of choices and the effects of those choices
As an academic writer, you make a choice in order to create a certain effects on your reader.
And then through the process of revision, you can keep tweaking your choices until you’ve
finally nailed the effect you want.
You’ll start to see life as it is: a series of rhetorical situations to which you need to find the best
possible approach.
- Wr39B: What is it?
Rhetoric is the art of effectively communicating by accounting for the rhetorical situation of a
text: its ethos, audience, genre and cultural and historical context.
Rhetor: Someone capable of successfully communicating in a variety of contexts by analyzing
rhetorical situations and using that analysis to make focused, effective decisions in order to best
communicate your message.
Writing 39B requires that you shift from an imitator to an innovator. You will take ownership of
your writing by defining the rhetorical situations of your writing tasks and using your
understanding of those rhetorical situations to make meaningful decisions about how you write.
What Wr39B will help you?
Recognize rhetoric at work in the world around you
Actively read and understand different types of texts, with an eye to the rhetorical
appeals these texts use to communicate their messages
Analyze the rhetorical situations of any text - help you gain fuller understanding of the
text itself and how that text creates meaning
Take control of your own identity as a rhetor, and particularly master the academic ethos
that you will rely upon to enhance your credibility
Compose sustained, persuasive argumentative essays shaped by strong reason and
expert appeal to the specific audience you aim to persuade
Master revision so you can become your own best editor, reduce your reliance on
instructor feedback, and figure out how to make better choices as a writer, based on the
rhetorical situations of your own writing tasks
- How to use the chapter?
Your own work and thinking will complicate as you proceed through the course
- Argumentative Writing: Joining the Conversation
Good portion of 39B will focus on helping you develop your skills in one specific rhetorical
situation: writing analytical, argumentative essays within an academic context, and developing
the academic ethos to make those argument credible.
Argumentative writing, can be seen as an entry into an ongoing conversation. To insert yourself
meaningfully into a conversation, you need to appeal to your audience by understanding that
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audience’s expectations and meeting or exceeding those expectations — and in the case of
academic arguments, that means you need to know how to effectively respond to other people’s
ideas, make sure you have sth worthwhile to say, and develop your own credible voice.
- The Wr39B Assignment Sequence
Meant to help you think deeply about rhetoric, craft essays that reflect that deep thought, and
hone awareness of your own position as a rhetor in every one of your communications formal
and informal both.
{Classroom Dis -> Low-stakes writing -> RA -> RIP} => Metacognitive reflection -> Revision and
conceptual refinement ---> Final Portfolio
Every assignment in the course is designed to lead to this portfolio, which serves as a platform
for you to make a meta-argument that you’ve grown into a sophisticated rhetorical thinker.
Classroom Dis: Start you thinking about the texts you’re examining as a class and about
your own development as a writer and rhetorical thinker.
Low-stakes writing assignments & online dis posts will allow you to strike out on your
own and focus on building individual skills that you will combine for the major
assignments, as well as provide you with spaces for metacognitive reflection thinking
about your own thinking.
RIP is the quarter’s final major standalone assignment is the RIP - which will produce a
text that seeks to achieve a certain purpose while targeting a certain audience. You’ll
write an accompanying RIP Essay that explains, in detail, the rhetorical situation of that
text: the rhetorical decisions you’ve made and how those decisions help you
communicate your message effectively.
All major assignments, in addition to other artifacts of your choice, will be assembled into
your Final Portfolio. You’ll curate a document that makes a big picture argument about
your growth and mastery as a writer over the course of the quater. You will compose a
rhetorically sophisticated Portfolio Introduction to introduce this portfolio and annotate
the work within it, as a way to direct the audience’s attention as they read the document
and give evidence of your ability to reflect meaningfully and productively on your own
writing process and growing rhetorical awareness. The majority of your success in this
course will be evaluated based on the success of your Final Portfolio and the revisions it
- Why a Portfolio?
Your instructor will ask you to show the initiative to give yourself feedback. You’ll use feedback
from your instructor, your peers, and yourself to dramatically and fearlessly revise your work:
rethinking your positions, rewriting your arguments, and pushing yourself closer and closer to
mastery final grade, reflects your effort and ability as a result of the full quarter’s learning.
Tip: Final Portfolio: The Rubric
Some of the qualities that the rubric asks about include ownership, awareness, initiative, and
the ability to meet benchmarks
:) haha, so, look at your work with eyes wide open and be willing to accept constructive
criticism. You must be proactive about seeking this criticism.
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