Jennifer Fletcher

Jennifer Fletcher is a Professor of English at California State University, Monterey Bay, where she coordinates the undergraduate program for future English teachers. She also teaches writing courses for first-year college students. Her twenty-five years of experience in education include a decade as a high school teacher. The author of Teaching Arguments (2015), Teaching Literature Rhetorically (2018), and Writing Rhetorically (2021), Jennifer facilitates workshops and webinars on rhetorical literacy skills for teachers across the country and is a frequent speaker at conferences.

A strong believer in the value of teacher collaboration, Jennifer is involved with several K16 partnerships focused on supporting the long-term success of all students. She serves as a curriculum developer, workshop leader, and steering committee chair for the California State University’s Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum (ERWC), a nationally recognized rhetoric-based literacy initiative. She also serves as a consultant for the College Board’s AP English Language and Composition Course and the Pre-AP Program and as a member of the advisory board for the WRITE Center (Writing Research to Improve Teaching and Evaluation) at the University of California, Irvine.

Jennifer is committed to assets-based instruction that supports students in making their own choices as readers, writers, and thinkers. “Rhetorical thinking,” Jennifer writes, “is the key to transfer of learning. Concepts such as audience, genre, and context help students figure out how to adapt and apply their skills and knowledge in new situations.” Such knowledge, she argues, thus helps students to be effective communicators and independent problem solvers.

Jennifer is a native of California who earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Riverside. She lives with her husband and two teenagers on the Central Coast of California, where she enjoys hiking, reading, and gardening.


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Presentation Titles: 

  • Teaching Arguments Rhetorically: Crossing the Threshold to Deeper Learning (Grades 7–12)
  • Reading and Writing Rhetorically (Grades 7–12)
  • Teaching Argument Writing (Grades 7–12)
  • Critical Reading Strategies (Grades 7–12)
  • Teaching Literature for Transfer (Grades 7–12)
  • Teaching for Transfer (Grades 7–12)
  • Fostering a Deeper Understanding of Ethos, Pathos, and Logos (Grades 7–12)
  • Negotiating Voices in Academic Conversations (Grades 7–12)
  • Revising Rhetorically (Grades 7–12)
  • Teaching Students to Reason from Evidence (Grades 7–12)
  • Genre Analysis (Grades 7–12)