Professor Rodgers' Open Access Rhetoric

Professor Rodgers' Framework for Understanding Writing as an Act and Medium of Communication [Introduction] [About Rhetorics]

Engaging with, rather than eschewing the multidimensionality of writing as a practice and a subject, this Framework for Understanding Writing as an Act and Medium of Communication invites readers to engage and explore the paradoxical fact that writing is, from the perspective of the basic elements that define it, fairly simple, and from the perspective of its use, endlessly complex. Working with this framework and thinking about it in relation to one's own writing projects, it may then be possible to develop a shared language for describing and thinking about the many different things that writing is and can be.

Writing: Some Keywords

What Is Writing?

Professor Rodgers' Brief Introduction to Writing as an Act of Communication

Professor Bazerman's Introduction to Writing as an Act of Communication

An Introduction to Rhetoric

Purdue OWL: Rhetorical Situations

Norton Introduction to Rhetorical Situations

Assessing and Writing In Response to Rhetorical Contexts

A Rhetorical View of Writing (MSU/WIDE Research Center Collective)

Understanding Genre

Introduction to Genre

Understanding Genre: Reading 1/Chapter 2: Charles Bazerman's Rhetoric of Literate Action

Understanding Genre: Reading 2/Chapter 9: Charles Bazerman's Rhetoric of Literate Action

An Introduction to Reading as a Process

An Introduction to Active Reading

Active Reading: The Basics

Active Reading: Some Strategies

Professor Powell's Introduction to Reading Rhetorically

Responding to Reading and Keeping a Reading Journal

Some Questions for Reading Rhetorically (Professor Rodgers)

Describe, Analyze, Interpret: Professor Rodgers' Guidelines for Analyzing Texts 

"How To Read a Book" by Paul N. Edwards

An Introduction to Writing as a Process



Drafting (Overview)

Drafting (How To: 15 Steps)


"A Writing Process" by Vinetta Bell

Developing a Writing Schedule

Understanding College Writing

Professor Rodgers' Twelve Elements of College Writing  [overview]  [class discussion]

Professor Yagelski's Ten Core Concepts of Writing          [overview]

How To Links

An Introduction to "The" College Essay 

Thesis/Support Essays (Chuck Guilford, POWA:

Understanding and Developing Arguments (Charles Bazerman):

Arguing a Case (University of Sheffield):

An Introduction to "The" College Research Process

Understanding the Assignment and Choosing a Topic (Purdue OWL):

The Process of Research Writing (Steven Krause):

An Overview of the College Research Process (Neera Mohess):

Research Writing: Elements and Steps (SUNY Empire State):

Some Essays by Genre

Personal Essay: "Superman and Me" by Sherman Alexie

Personal Essay: "Salvation" by Langston Hughes

Personal Essay: "Letter From a Region of My Mind" by James Baldwin (1962)

Personal Essay: "Lost and Found" by Colson Whitehead

Personal Essay"Paradise Sold" by David Sedaris

Personal Essay: "The Crystal Land" by Robert Smithson

Personal Essay: "Mother Tongue" by Amy Tan

Researched Essay: "Own Your Own Words" by Stephen Johnson

Researched Essay:  "You Are What You Grow" by Michael Pollan

Publications of Student Writing
Young Scholars in Writing: