Blog 9: What is good writing?

In this blog post, I want you to make an argument for students new to DU about what is good writing.

Consider this your final, and as such, it should reflect what you learned in the course. That means you can (and probably should, given the audience) use images and video, in addition to text to make your argument (it is a blog post, after all).  It means you should probably mention rhetoric and rhetorical concepts.  You should mention argument, claims and evidence.  You probably want to get to discourse community as well.  But the best blog post will use examples relevant to a new DU student.  And the best blog post won’t get too bogged down in EVERYTHING we covered in the course, but will carefully curate the course topics to make the most compelling case for the new student.  And the best blog post will be authentic and reflect on that learning by possibly linking to previous blog posts or comments, or sharing personal insights or growth along the way.


  • 500 – 1,500 words


  • Blog post, Thursday by midnight


  • Demonstrate practical knowledge of the concept “rhetorical situation,” through the abilities both to analyze and to write effectively in different kinds of situations.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with basic elements of rhetorical analysis (such as logos, ethos, and pathos) in a range of texts, and the application of that facility in their own writing.
  • Demonstrate the ability to produce writing that effectively provides evidence and reasoning for assertions, for audiences of educated readers.
  • Demonstrate the ability to incorporate and attribute or document source material in rhetorically effective ways.
  • Demonstrate the ability to edit and proofread their writing.