ERIC Number: ED144056
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Rhetorical Triangle as Direction Finder in the Composing Process.
Woods, William F.
One of the most useful models of the composing process is that derived from an interpretation of the rhetorical triangle. This basic model implies the relationships between the writer's subject, background, and audience, but it also points to the specific writing functions that underlie these terms. For example, in conceiving a subject, the writer discovers the ideas, images, and insights that will be used in the essay; the writer's background and motives suggest approaches to these subjects; and the writer's relationship to the intended readers allows the creation of a voice or "role" that aids in shaping the essay. Interpreted in this way, the rhetorical triangle provides a conceptual frame for planning an essay and, in this important sense, is a "direction finder," orienting students toward their goals as writers. (Author/AA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (28th, Kansas City, Missouri, March 31-April 2, 1977)