Problems and Possibilities: Reading and Writing Genres in Context

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Summer 2009

Project Description/Abstract

Many first-year composition textbooks do not teach at the point of need, nor do they fully address issues of genre. The textbook that I am writing (and that is now under contract) seeks to address these problems by (1) teaching genre-specific rhetorical strategies, and( 2) teaching them at the point of need. The book, a reader with a twist, will accomplish this by

  • featuring writing assignments (activities) that teach genre-specific strategies at the point of need, as part of the actual writing prompt, and
  • providing an apparatus that would highlight how the rhetorical strategies used in each reading selection are genre-specific.

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