Teaching Writing and Civic Literacy

Authors

  • Kate Kessler James Madison University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/wap.v3i1.113

Keywords:

Writing, college composition, Civic literacy, Rhetoric

Abstract

Writing pedagogy and civic literacy can form an interactive, interdisciplinary partnership beneficial to students. Students learn to compare the classical rhetorical genres of epideictic, forensic, and deliberative rhetoric to modern ceremonial, judicial, and legislative rhetorical genres. Elements essential to writing pedagogy – ethos, logos, pathos, claims, warrants, and enthymemes – become meaningful as students engage in civic-themed reading and writing assignments designed for first-year composition. Writing pedagogy enriched with a civic literacy motif encourages students to practice writing to authentic audiences for genuine civic purposes.

Author Biography

Kate Kessler, James Madison University

Kate Kessler earned a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Linguistics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, with concentrations in psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics. She taught English for fifteen years at public high schools in Pennsylvania. She currently works as an associate professor in the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication at James Madison University in Virginia.

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Published

2011-06-29

How to Cite

Kessler, K. (2011). Teaching Writing and Civic Literacy. Writing & Pedagogy, 3(1), 113-130. https://doi.org/10.1558/wap.v3i1.113

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Section

Reflections on Practice