Writing & Reading Rhetoric


What, Why, and How?

Mastering 15 Concepts to Become a Better Writer

Complete Rhetoric (458 pages):   .doc / .pdf

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          Introduction: Behind the Rhetoric
                                         PowerPoint:  Introduction

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              Overview of the 15 Concepts
                                         PowerPoint:  Overview

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-Before reading strategies
-While reading strategies
-After reading strategies
-Faculty-written texts

PowerPoints: Before, While, After, Faculty
Videos (narrated by authors): Faculty-texts

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-Definition and rationale    
-Breaking down critical thinking
-Bloom’s Taxonomy
-Higher & lower levels of thinking

PowerPoint: Critical Thinking

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-Text-based approach  
-General paper guidelines
-Paper topics

    * Creating your own
    * Breaking down prompts

PowerPoint: Paper Topics

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                         THE WRITING   

-Creating Essay Titles
-Essay Checklist

PowerPoints: Prewriting, Outlining, Writing
Videos: The Writing Process

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-General formatting
-Titles & Authors
-In-Text Citations
-Works Cited Guidelines & Example
-Creating a Works Cited List

PowerPoint: MLA Conventions

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-Students Responding to Feedback
-Grading Standards

PowerPoint:  Evaluating Writing

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-Definition and rationale
-Thesis: simple & complex
-Narrowing down a topic
-Text-based thesis statements
-Creating a thesis
-Revising a thesis
-Where to put a thesis

PowerPoint: Thesis Statements
Videos: Thesis Statements

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                        & CONCLUSIONS

    * What, Why and How
    * Examples & Practice 
    * What, Why and How
    * Examples & Practice

PowerPoint: Introductions & Conclusions

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Definition and rationale
-PIE Paragraphs
-Creating PIE paragraphs
-Peer Response for PIE paragraphs
-Topic Sentences

PowerPoint: Paragraphs
Videos: Paragraphs

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-The Honesty Pledge  
-Quoting & Paraphrasing

-Smoothly Integrating Quotes
   * Evaluating sources
   * Search strategies

PowerPoint: Integrating Sources

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                          TIMED WRITING

-Reviewing essay elements
-Breaking down a prompt
-Creating a rough outline
-Managing your time
-Additional tips
-Timed writing checklist

PowerPoint: Timed Writing

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-Fiction & Drama: types and terms
-Sample essay on a short story
-Poetry: types and terms
-Poetry Chart
-Sample essay on a poem
-Literary Theories

PowerPoint: Literature

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-Point of View
-Word Choice
-Sentence Crafting
-Sentence Combining
-Misspelled & Misused Words

PowerPoint: Style

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-Adjectives/Adverbs      -Fragments
-Appositives                 -Possessives
-Articles                  -Run-togethers
-Commas              -Subject-Verb ID
-Contractions       -Verb Agreement
-Coordinators          -Subordinators
-Dangling Modifiers     -Verb tenses

PowerPoint: Grammar

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-Advice specifically designed for
  non-native English speakers

PowerPoint: Non-Native Speakers

Written by Skyline English teachers with contributions from our Librarians and the ESOL teachers. 

Authors of the Rhetoric:

Rachel Bell, Jim Bowsher, Eric Brenner, Serena Chu-Mraz, Liza Erpelo, Kathleen Feinblum, Nina Floro, Gwen Fuller, Chris Gibson, Katharine Harer, Cheryl Hertig,  Lucia Lachmayr, Eve Lerman, Nancy Kaplan-Beigel, Nathan Jones, Garry Nicol, Janice Sapigao, Leigh Anne Shaw, Paula Silva, Jessica Silver-Sharp, Mine Suer, Mike Urquidez, Rob Williams, Karen Wong, and Susan Zoughbie

Edited by and web site maintained by: Rachel Bell
If you have any questions, comments or revision suggestions, please contact: bellr@smccd.edu 650-738-4349

                          This project was volunteer and not for profit