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.

Literary

Write a poem about the situation.

Reflective

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.