Teaching the Rhetoric of Social Media

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This blog was originally posted on February 24th, 2015.

Ever have one of those days when you wanted to connect with colleagues who were teaching the same things you were?

A new online community has formed that provides just that kind of connection for me. The Teaching the Rhetoric of Social Media group on Facebook was founded two weeks ago by Christina Fisanick. Born from a discussion of resources on the Writing Program Administrators discussion list, the Facebook group has this simple


Teaching the Rhetoric of Social Media is a group focused on helping students understand how to analyze and create artifacts for social media.

Anyone can join the group, though new members do have to be approved (to avoid spambots). Facebook groups are separate from your personal timeline and news feed, so you can participate in the community without posting the information to everyone you know on Facebook.

So far, group members have shared assignments and syllabi, collaborated to answer questions, discussed online identity profiles, and posted links to relevant resources. The group may be only two weeks old today, but it’s already a wonderful resource and supportive community.

Please consider joining in the conversation. All you have to do it log into Facebook, visit the Teaching the Rhetoric of Social Media group page, and click the Join button. Someone will approve your request (usually in a few minutes), and you can post a self-introduction and begin connecting with the community. We’d love to have you.

[Photo: Social Media Class by mkhmarketing, on Flickr]

About the Author
Traci Gardner, known as "tengrrl" on most networks, writes lesson plans, classroom resources, and professional development materials for English language arts and college composition teachers. She is the author of Designing Writing Assignments, a contributing editor to the NCTE INBOX Blog, and the editor of Engaging Media-Savvy Students Topical Resource Kit.