Students entering my composition courses may now be more engaged in social/political discussions than ever before. To bridge the gap between what could seem as extracurricular commenting/posting/blogging to social media sites and the rhetorical work conducted for my course, I ask that my students find a political article in which they disagree. They must identify the factors of the rhetorical situation: audience, subject, purpose, and genre. Students must also identify the author’s thesis. Keeping audience, subject, purpose, and genre in mind, I ask that my students create a thesis statement against the original author’s article.
My intent is fostering a thinker and writer’s disposition. Antagonism in our political discourse can be identified as nothing other than communicative frustration! This activity adds some spice to the common rhetorical analysis and composition.