Whether you work in a private, public, or global workplace, you will need to be able to communicate with others using adaptive written communication. To do this, you will select a communication channel that is appropriate for the message you want to share and the audience you want to share it with. You will also need to determine and present accurate information in ways that are appropriate for a variety of situations. The ability to identify purpose, audience, genre, and context (rhetorical situation) contributes to your understanding of others’ writing and enhances your ability to make your own decisions as a writer. When you write, your purpose, audience, genre, and context shape your decisions about how you respond to a writing project or task. For this assessment, you will respond to rhetorical situations to demonstrate your ability to discuss the purpose, audience, context, genre, structure, and organization within written works.
Using the resources provided, you will respond to rhetorical situations to practice your adaptive written communication by discussing the purpose, audience, context, genre, structure, and organization within written works. To do this, you will review passages from different genres of writing. The goal is to make informed responses about the rhetorical situation in each passage; there aren’t any right or wrong answers.
Complete the Responses to Rhetorical Situations Worksheet document.
Review your completed written responses for clarity. Use the Microsoft® Word spelling and grammar checker or grammar tools from the Center for Writing Excellence to check grammar and spelling.