Chapter 7 of Bazerman’s book examines how writers use knowledge of genre to “influence” readers, while chapter 8 revisits the

Chapter 7 of Bazerman’s book examines how writers use knowledge of genre to “influence” readers, while chapter 8 revisits the writing process, showing how our awareness of the rhetorical situation — audience, purpose, context, genre — affects the choices we make. “Too often in schooling we view each text as a one-time effort to be produced in a limited time span, with few texts and other humans around us. Outside school, we are more likely to write as part of an ongoing interaction with others, so that we develop our thoughts, positions and actions in each exchange. The process is ongoing and being caught up in it is the means by which we produce texts for it” (Bazerman 109). Frame your response around the following questions: Summarize the first few pages of chapter 7. What is Bazerman telling us about how writing works? At the bottom of p. 92, Bazerman lists four “strategic questions” to ask when approaching a rhetorical action. Interpret those in your own words. What did you take away from these two chapters to add to your developing understanding of genre and/or rhetoric? Has your own approach to the writing process changed or evolved in any way over the past 8 weeks? Explain. What questions do you have about anything in this reading?

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