Rhetorical Strategies for Composition

Rhetorical Strategies for Composition

Cracking an Academic Code

Karen A. Wink


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Rhetorical Strategies is a worktext for composition students to apply rhetorical theory in their writing. The exercises interconnect rhetorical skill work for students to practice “thinking on paper” in style (rhetorical figures, emphasis, arrangement); language (audience appropriate, diction, syntax); and conventions (MLA style, format, source handling). Content includes: Aristotle’s Six Parts of an Argument, Rhetorical Situations, Appeals and Fallacies, Thesis Statements, Topic Sentences, Voice, Stylistics, Revision, Documenting Sources, Grammar/Punctuation/Usage, and Visual Arguments. All skills are reflected in a sample student research paper. Content is relevant for AP Composition and Language courses as well as college composition and seminar courses with an emphasis on rhetorical principles.


Karen A. Wink:

Karen Wink is an English Professor at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy where she has taught freshman composition and literature as well as upper-class world literature for 20 years. Previously, Dr. Wink earned her doctorate in English Education from the University of Maryland and taught high school English in the Howard County, MD. school district for four years. Dr. Wink received an “Excellence in Teaching” award from the New England Teachers of English. Her research interests focuses on rhetoric and pedagogy in the field of English Education.