Correspondence Assignment Evaluation
These are the questions I will ask myself as I evaluate the rhetorical appropriateness of your three responses and reflective report.
- How do you "come across" in the correspondence? Is your tone in each document appropriate to the particular audience, purpose, and context?
- Have you made efforts to minimize the risk of projecting a negative or off-putting ethos to your audience? Are you mindful of tone?
- Are you attentive to how your ethos is constructed at all levels: not just in stating your authority or character, but also in how it is conveyed at the level of your attitude, writing style, tone, document design, grammar, spelling, etc.?
Your Audience and Purpose
- Do your documents present considered, strategic responses to the scenarios? Do they adequately address the issues presented in the scenarios?
- Are you attentive to the emotional state of the audience, and do you make pathos appeals that are appropriate to the rhetorical situation?
- Do you have a strategic disposition overall? That is, are you thinking about how the document serves your interests (as the rhetor) in the long term?
Organization, Usability, Design, and Style
- Do your documents live up to the audience's formal expectations for letters, emails, and memos?
- Are your documents structured appropriately for their intended audiences? Does the ordering and presentation of the information in your document reflect your consideration of the audience and their needs?
- Is your writing style—your tone, manner of address, vocabulary, grammar, tense, etc.—tailored to the specific audience, purpose, and context of your proposal?
- Does your reflective report thoroughly substantiate its arguments about the correspondence strategies, or does it rely more on simple assertion? That is, do you just offer claims about the documents' effectiveness, or do you also offer lines of reasoning to back up those claims?
- Does your reflective just summarize the documents or reiterate the arguments in the documents? Or, does it provide substantive reflection on the strategies you employed as a rhetor to accomplish a purpose in light of a particular audience and context?
- Does your reflective report convince me not only that you are a savvy rhetor in your correspondence, but also in your reflective report itself? Do you see the reflective report as a persuasive document?
- Does your reflective report convince me that you knew what you were doing rhetorically as you composed your responses?