Rhetorical Mad Libs
In this activity, student groups experiment with different rhetorical appeals and strategies of argumentation (assigned randomly) to write a fake letter to a specific audience.
Students (in small groups) pick any article from BBC Pidgin (a digital platform in English-based Pidgin for West and Central Africa) and translate it to be most appealing to their target audience. That can be whatever it means at that time in the quarter—e.g., a voice in the conversation (PWR 1) or oral delivery from written text (PWR 2). Then as we discuss students’ work, we also discuss how while we can discuss how to appeal to audiences, we as audiences also need to do better as listeners.
Collaborative Design Analysis Activity
Designed for PWR 2 students, this activity asks them to draw on design principles from Robin Williams and Timothy Samara in a collaborative activity that moves them outside the classroom.
Reading the Stanford Campus
This activity invites students to close read a space on campus by identifying the space's audience and purpose and determining which parts of the space are private/public and welcoming/unwelcoming to visitors. This activity helps students understand the rhetoric of spaces and how people shape interactions within spaces.
Take a Stand Impromptu Presentation
This non-graded presentation activity helps students prep for their proposal presentations by asking them to take a stand on a topic, also providing a rhetoric refresher for students.
Pen, Crayon, Smartphone: Exploring How Materials Shape Content and Writing Practice
This activity invites students to explore how materiality affects content through responding to a writing prompt using different sets of writing materials.
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