This workshop is designed to help you understand the classical art of rhetoric in its two senses: language as crafted for an audience; and the ability to find, evaluate, and use all of the available tools of language to achieve a specific purpose or a desired effect in a given situation. You will engage in activities that will enable you to teach your students important rhetorical theory principles that underlie the effectiveness of excellent writers and support the clear thinking and sound judgment of successful readers.
Length: 1 day
After attending this workshop, you will be able to:
- Examine how style — purposeful variation in sentences, diction, and figurative language — contributes to the rhetorical effectiveness of a text.
- Understand the canons of rhetoric: invention, arrangement, and style.
- Analyze the rhetorical features of a work and produce rhetorically successful texts.
- Show how techniques of organization, arrangement, and genre grow out of rhetorical theory.