Webinar: Revising Rhetorically

Thursday, October 22, 7:00-9:00 pm

Dr. Jennifer Fletcher

Revising Rhetorically: Re-seeing Writing through the Lens of Audience, Purpose, and Context

Thursday, October 22, 2015 7 - 9pm EST

When students revise their writing rhetorically, they practice the situational awareness and responsiveness that characterize real-world communication. They try to see their compositions through their readers’ eyes, making choices about what works based on considerations of audience, purpose, and occasion. In this interactive session, we will explore ways to help students make revision decisions by applying rhetorical reading strategies—such as descriptive outlining and “the doubting and believing game”–to their own writing. We’ll also examine strategies for helping students analyze their image as writers and negotiate the different voices in a written conversation.

recommended reading: Teaching Arguments: Rhetorical Comprehension, Critique, & Response

7-8 pm interactive presentation, 8-9pm discussion

Participants will only receive SCECHs for the first hour. Attend a minimum of three webinars to earn credit.

About Dr. Fletcher

Dr. Jennifer Fletcher is an Associate Professor of English at California State University Monterey Bay, where she coordinates the undergraduate program for future English teachers. She is the author of Teaching Arguments: Rhetorical Comprehension, Critique, and Response and co-author of Fostering Habits of Mind in Today’s Students: A New Approach to Developmental Education. Jennifer leads professional development sessions for high school teachers throughout California as part of a nationally recognized academic preparation initiative, the California State University’s Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC). She also serves on the ERWC’s Steering Committee. Before joining the faculty at Monterey Bay, Jennifer taught high school English for over ten years in Southern California.
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Questions? Email delia.decourcy@oakland.k12.mi.us

Literacy Webinar Series: REVISION - the Heart of Writing

This webinar is part of a year-long series focused on revision. Revision is the heart of writing. And just as our hearts can be difficult to know and understand, so too is revision--especially for student writers. Even if we persuade student writers of the importance of revision, they often struggle to know where to start or how to delve deeply into the process. So we must have many strategies in our toolbox to help students understand what revision looks like and how to do it.

Each webinar will feature a published expert. We recommend participants read his or her corresponding book before the virtual session to deepen learning and offer greater opportunity for conversation in the second hour of the webinar.

Who Should Participate?

K-12 educators across the disciplines and the administrators, curriculum coordinators, instructional coaches, consultants, and university faculty who support and teach them are encouraged to attend; aspiring teachers will also find these sessions helpful.


All sessions are FREE. Education credits are available for Michigan educators.


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recommended reading: Crafting Digital Writing: Composing Texts Across Media & Genres

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Thursday, April 14, 2016 7 - 9pm EST

recommended reading: Grammar to Enrich and Enhance Writing