Rhetorical Geometries

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Introduce your students to the classic rhetorical triangle of receiver, sender, and message, using any material in the handbook on rhetorical situations or stance. Then ask students to make new shapes to explain rhetorical situations: what other elements should be considered? Would the inclusion of style make a rhetorical square? What elements would be in a rhetorical hexagon?
About the Author
Barclay Barrios is an Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing Programs at Florida Atlantic University, where he teaches freshman composition and graduate courses in composition methodology and theory, rhetorics of the world wide web, and composing digital identities. He was Director of Instructional Technology at Rutgers University and currently serves on the board of Pedagogy. Barrios is a frequent presenter at professional conferences, and the author of Emerging.