Create a list of nonliterary genres of writing.
Part I: Create a list of nonliterary genres of writing.
Part I Rationale:
The WPA Outcomes Statement states that students should gain practice writing for a variety of contexts (i.e., genres) because genres grow out of and drive communication in those contexts. Additionally, cognitive psychology informs that learning is situated and that students relate what they know to what they have previously known, need practice, and need to see the same problem posed in different ways. Some current studies in rhetoric and composition attempt to address learning to write in relation to these principles.
To help students get the practice they need, create a series of assignments that provide them with opportunities to write in different genres for different contexts. The result should be several pieces of writing that have the look and feel of corresponding genres of writing that can be found in real-world contexts. For example, for a book review assignment, students should produce writing that reads like a real review that one might find online or in a newspaper.
In making choices, consider how quickly a particular piece can be completed and how closely you can emulate the real context for the writing in the classroom.
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