Problems and Possibilities: Reading and Writing Genres in Context (chapter 2)

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Summer 2008

Project Description/Abstract

Many first-year composition textbooks do not teach at the point of need or fully address issues of genre. The proposed textbook outlined here would seek to address these problems by 1) teaching genre-specific rhetorical strategies, and 2) teaching them at the point of need. The proposed book, a reader with a twist, would 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 use in each reading selection are genre-specific.

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