Technique - Five Ways To Look At It

A series of assignments that explore a single problem from five different rhetorical stances.

Personal Expression

Write a journal entry about it, knowing it will be read but giving free vent to personal and emotional response.

Narrative (Informative)

Construct a chronological narrative describing the problem, with relevant background information and circumstances.

Argument (Persuasive)

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.