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					Understanding Writing: The Rhetorical Situation
A workshop brought to you by the Purdue University Writing Lab

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Rhetorical Situation
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Writer Purpose Audience Topic Context

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Writer
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your personal characteristics and interests affect what you write about and how you write about it

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Writer: factors which can affect
your writing include
your age  your experiences  your gender  your location  your political beliefs  your education  your parents and peers  your religion
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Purpose: your reason for writing
to ___________  to inform  to persuade  to educate  to call to action  to entertain  to shock
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Genre
category of writing  examples: fiction, autobiographical story, news article, review, editorial, analysis  genres hinge upon purpose and the needs of the projected audience
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Audience: to whom are you writing?
many of the same factors which affect the writer also affect the audience  age  social class  education
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Topic
whatever it is that you have selected to write about  may be broadened or narrowed, depending upon the length of the article and your level of interest
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Context
the “situation” which generates the need for writing  affected by time period  location  current events  cultural significance
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Rhetorical Situation
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Writer Purpose Audience Topic Context

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What This Means
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need to be aware that a rhetorical situation exists EVERY TIME you write. need to adapt your writing depending upon your purpose and your audience.
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 You

Where can you go for additional help with writing assignments?
Purdue University Writing Lab  Heavilon 226  Grammar Hotline: (765) 494-3723  Check our web site:
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http://owl.english.purdue.edu
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Email brief questions:
owl@owl.english.purdue.edu

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