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Establishing Rhetorical Context Within Assignments

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Having discussed rhetorical context in class, you may want to organize assignment sheets in terms of purpose, audience, and focus. This will reinforce rhetorical concepts discussed in class and will assist students in moving from those abstract concepts to concrete application. Students will be more likely to shape their writing according to purpose, audience, and focus than to start with a form (like the five-paragraph essay) and fill it with a set number of words or pages.

The sample assignment demonstrates how an assignment sheet can be arranged in terms of purpose, audience, and focus.

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