Assignments & Activities

from rhe 398T: Supervised Teaching in rhetoric & writing

Preparing to Enter Uncomfortable Conversations

Directions: In groups of 3-5, read and discuss your assigned scenario (see linked slide deck). As a group, decide the best way to handle the situation. Be prepared to share your thoughts and approaches with the whole group.

Syllabus Statement Workshop

Directions: In breakout groups, consider one type of statement (Respect for Diversity, Content Warning and Class Climate, Inclusive Learning Environment, Preferred Name and Preferred Gender Pronouns, English Language Statement)

  1. Referencing only a brief description of your assigned statement,  draft a sample statement that could be used in your syllabus. Note: you are not allowed to search examples.
  2. Now, look at the examples we provide. Consider revising your own statement.
  3. If you choose to revise your statement, briefly explain what changes you made and why . Upload your original draft, revised draft, and revision notes to the shared google doc. Be prepared to discuss your choices, changes,  and process with the whole group.

Purpose: By creating and adapting various statements of inclusivity, AIs learn to and practice developing language that demonstrates their commitment to creating a safe learning environment. This workshop also helps present the syllabus as a tool that sets the tone for the classroom. These statements allow AIs to communicate the importance of discussing controversies, while also prioritizing respect and professionalism.

From Rhe 309K: Rhe of (in)justice in Comics

Action Rhetoric Project Prompt

For your Action Rhetoric Project I want you to complete an action in an effort towards solving a social issue and then write a one single-spaced page reflection on the action you took. Ideally, you will take action towards solving the same social issue your character focuses on, but if you cannot do that, it’s ok to pick something else. 

What you submit for your ARP will include the artifact (letter, infographic, video, picture of event, etc.), plus a reflection explaining your motivation, analyzing the action, and describing any follow-up results. If you conduct  a workshop or other action that can’t be submitted as an artifact, you’ll describe the event in your reflection and include a picture of it.  

You can work with one of your peers on this project, but you will need to turn in your own, individual reflections.

You will be evaluated on the following: 

Motivation, Analysis, and Reflection: In the ARP it is clear 1) what the motivation for the action was (why you decided to take action towards this issue); 2) a reflection on the action; for example: do you think you reached your intended recipients? How do you know? Was it successful (and how are you defining success)?; and 3) an analysis of the action (why did you approach the assignment in the way that you did? How has this experience changed both your and your audience’s perspective on this social issue?) 

Style and conventions:  One single-spaced page reflection and analysis. In addition: supporting documents were included; if not included, there’s context and description about the action as well.


  • Form writing groups for often silenced students
  • Invite #BLM activists to my campus organization to dialogue with students about organizing
  • Participate in social media campaigns (i.e. Not on My Campus)
  • Redefine words/titles
  • Write an op-ed spreading awareness about a social issue
  • Create/teach a community-engaged course with military members in community

Build A superhero Project

Using one of the “create your own superhero” sites online, create a superhero or villain who is capable of solving the social issue your comic book character was addressing or who can solve the social issue you addressed in your action rhetoric project. Critically think about the origin story, gender, design of the costume, body type, super powers, and other things you choose for your character. In addition to an image of your character, submit a 2-3 page (double-spaced) reflection explaining why the character was designed in that particular way, as well as why this character is fit to solve the social issue.

The following are sites that can be used to build a character. You are welcome to use another site of your choice. (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)