Myths and Realties

When Not to Respond

Designing Writing Assignments

Commenting: Margins and End

Commenting on Drafts


Helping Students Learn Editing

Helping Students Learn to Fix Errors

Overview of Rhetorical Context

Discipline Specific Resources

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The Rhetorical Context -- Starting Points

Almost all our speaking or writing takes place between two or more people. Yes, sometimes people talk to themselves, and sometimes people write in journals they never want anyone else to read. But these instances are rare compared with the number of interpersonal communications involving language. When we focus on interpersonal communication, then we can begin to ask questions about what characterizes writing. (For simplicity, I'm going to talk about only writing from this point on.)