Writing Rhetorically

Fostering Responsive Thinkers and Communicators

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In Writing Rhetorically, Jennifer Fletcher provides teachers with strategies and frameworks for writing instruction that cultivate student expertise and autonomy. By teaching writing rhetorically, we support students in becoming independent problem solvers. They learn how to discover their own questions, design their own inquiry process, develop their own positions and purposes, make their own choices about content and form, and contribute to conversations that matter to them.

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Inside this book, Jennifer examines the rhetorical writing skills and practices that help students effectively communicate across contexts while providing successful ways to foster

  • inquiry, invention, and rhetorical thinking,
  • writing for transfer,
  • paraphrasing, summary, synthesis, and citation skills,
  • research skills and processes,
  • evidence-based reasoning, and
  • rhetorical decision making. 

Rhetorical decision making helps students develop the skills, knowledge, and mindsets needed for transfer of learning: the ability to adapt and apply learning in new settings. The more choices students make as writers, the better prepared they are to analyze and respond to diverse rhetorical situations.

About the Author(s)

Jennifer Fletcher is a Professor of English at California State University, Monterey Bay and a former high school English teacher. She teaches courses for first-year college students and future teachers and leads workshops on rhetorical literacy skills throughout the country. Her books include Teaching Arguments, Teaching Literature Rhetorically, and Writing Rhetorically.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Taking the Rhetorical Approach
Chapter 2 Teaching Writing for Transfer
Chapter 3 Preparing to Enter the Conversation
Chapter 4 Negotiating Different Voices and Perspectives
Chapter 5 Designing and Conducting Research
Chapter 6 Reasoning from Evidence
Chapter 7 Making Choices about Genre and Structure
Chapter 8 Revising Rhetorically
Conclusion: A Few Final Words...


Product Details

Grades: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Media: 320 pp/paper (est.)
Year: 2021
Item No: 1388
ISBN: 978-1-62531-388-1
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers