Category Archives: Writing & Rhetoric

Summer Happenings with PWR: Pre-College Institute

by Program in Writing and Rhetoric Faculty      With summer in full steam, so is Stony Brook’s PWR! In addition to offering many inter-semester courses, Stony Brook’s Writing and Rhetoric faculty are involved in a wide range of further … Continue reading

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Experiments In Transfer

by Steven Dube “I want my students to internalize the idea that they are not writing isolated essays in a writing class, but that they’re writers thinking through their choices, no matter what the context is.” 1. One common difficulty … Continue reading

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Memes as Global Communication

by Cynthia Davidson While many of our students and faculty are well-traveled to the point of being cosmopolitan, prodigies of negotiating cultures physically, intellectually, and emotionally, traveling physically is not a condition of being a global communicator in the digital … Continue reading

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“The Island of Jiji” by Shyam Sharma

Join Shyam Sharma as he takes us on a riveting journey through the Ocean of Cross-Cultural Perspectives to the Island of Jiji! The first semester of my teaching in the United States, about a decade ago in Kentucky, one student … Continue reading

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Advanced(A) Placement(P) City

Joe Labriola, or Prof Labs, as his students call him, is a writer, editor, professor, etc. living the dream of insomniac nights chugging caffeine, grading papers, and writing fantasy/sci-fi/contemporary fiction novels. He writes both prose and poetry, and, sometimes, actually does semi-lucrative work like copy-editing. Continue reading

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Visual Rhetoric, Visual Argument: Reading Images Responsibly by Rita S. Nezami

  “Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak.” – John Berger, Ways of Seeing   The power of visual rhetoric is monumental. An image can often have a greater impact on an audience than … Continue reading

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The Meta-Game: Focusing on Skills in the Writing Classroom

Katherine Miscavige There was a discussion earlier this semester on the Composition and Rhetoric listserv about the transferability of the skills we teach in the writing classroom.  To a certain extent, we are valued for and tasked with teaching students … Continue reading

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Understanding Veteran Students – Part I

Roger Thompson As writing instructors, we see a much wider swath of the student population than other faculty.  And, as writing instructors, we are likely confronted with personal histories in ways that faculty in other disciplines encounter.  Those ideas were … Continue reading

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Metaphor, the Magic Modifier

MaryAnn Duffy My favorite part of the semester is about halfway through when the students can identify the elements of a sentence and start focusing on their own writing style and its rhetorical effects. Students first complete a tally of … Continue reading

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A maker mindset in the writing classroom

Kristina Lucenko Welcome to Stony Brook University’s Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) blog! I am thrilled to participate with my colleagues in this collective writing space, where we’ll share our ideas about and experiences with teaching and learning. A … Continue reading

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