Technique - Classroom Debate
A series of assignments that explore a single problem from five different rhetorical stances.
Write a journal entry about it, knowing it will be read but giving free vent to personal and emotional response.
Construct a chronological narrative describing the problem, with relevant background information and circumstances.
Construct an argument that is likely to gain some measure of acceptance by the other party.
Write a poem about the situation.
Write a short essay reflecting on the project and where your voice is.
This exercise was adapted from William Coles, The Plural I: The Teaching of Writing.