Through her words and style, Laura Micciche brought to light the power of rhetorical writing. While it bothered me when I first began to read the excerpt, her use of rhetoric language and examples led me to a greater understanding of the power (or lack of) grammatical structures. This leads me to speak for the main points that I took away from Micciche’s words.
1. Learning grammar and learning writing are not the same
Some of the most influential pieces of creative writing, from To Kill a Mockingbird to 1984 to Shakespeare’s poetry, do not follow what is known as correct grammar. Writing is about relaying a message in a way that connects to an audience, not about using perfect communication. To learn grammar is to learn fear of making mistakes. To learn to write is to explore creative means of expression.
2. Rhetorical grammar provides writers with more adequate and relatable ways to express thoughts and teaches critical thinking skills
To write rhetorically is to think rhetorically. How can you get readers to understand what you are saying? How can you communicate your thoughts?
3. Grammar competency is 100% socially constructed
Having perfect grammar does not make you a good writer. To a certain extent, it does not even make your words effective. Proper grammar gives you a status academically and socially. It’s reflective of being an upper class, intelligent person. However, the smartest writers are those who can communicate with everyone.