FYC Meets Folklore: Exploring Identity and Rhetoric through Definition

Mary L. Sellers (Penn State University)

Typically, universities mandate some type of compulsory first-year composition (FYC) course. Thus, students from all majors, backgrounds, and abilities comprise the FYC classroom, making this course an excellent place for projects that expand students’ rhetorical and writing skills as well as challenge their worldviews. In this presentation, I will share the assignment details and rationale for a project adaptable for most FYC courses that integrates the genre of definition, the rhetorical skills of assessing audience and purpose, the technology of video, and the framework of folklore to create an entertaining project that advances conversations of identity and culture.

Part of 03-11 Folklore and Education Advocacy, Thursday, October 13, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm