Writing & Reading Rhetoric

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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
(5-8)
                                         PowerPoint:  Introduction

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              Overview of the 15 Concepts
(9-18)
                                         PowerPoint:  Overview

Rectangle: Rounded Corners: 1http://accounts.smccd.edu/skyenglish/rhetoric.pdf#page=19                        (pages 19-84)
                        CRITICAL
                        READING
                         

-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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                                CRITICAL   
                               THINKING

                              

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

PowerPoint: Critical Thinking

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                                PAPER
                               TOPICS
     


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

    * Creating your own
    * Breaking down prompts


PowerPoint: Paper Topics

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                         THE WRITING   
                           PROCESS


-Prewriting
-Outlining      
-Drafting/Revising
-Creating Essay Titles
-Editing/Proofreading
-Essay Checklist

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


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                                 MLA 
                         CONVENTIONS


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


PowerPoint: MLA Conventions

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                           EVALUATING
                            WRITING 

  
-Workshopping
-Rubrics
-Students Responding to Feedback
-Grading Standards




PowerPoint:  Evaluating Writing

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                           THESIS
                       STATEMENTS



-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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                        INTRODUCTIONS
                        & CONCLUSIONS


-Introductions:
    * What, Why and How
    * Examples & Practice 
-Conclusions:
    * What, Why and How
    * Examples & Practice


PowerPoint: Introductions & Conclusions

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                           PARAGRAPHS
 
 

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

PowerPoint: Paragraphs
Videos: Paragraphs

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INTEGRATING
                            SOURCES



-Plagiarism   
-The Honesty Pledge  
-Quoting & Paraphrasing

-Smoothly Integrating Quotes
-Researching
   * 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
-Practicing
-Additional tips
-Timed writing checklist


PowerPoint: Timed Writing

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                           LITERATURE


 
-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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                             STYLE



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

PowerPoint: Style

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                             GRAMMAR



-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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                           NON-NATIVE
                              NATIVE
                            SPEAKERS

-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