Authenticity and the Rhetoric of “Selling” on Social Media: A Role-writing Assignment Set

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Jessica McCaughey


Rooted in a hybrid, themed, first-year writing course titled Please Like Us: Selling with Social Media and drawing on the disciplines of business, marketing, and writing studies, the two sequenced assignments explored here rely upon role-playing and “role-writing†for specific outside professional audiences. A semester-long blog project serves as a jumping off point for a researched, multi-disciplinary social media marketing proposal, providing students with the chance to examine social media in both rhetorical and professional terms. The accompanying article explores these assignments in the context of “authenticity†and with an eye toward not only principles of writing pedagogy, but also the transfer of knowledge and process between academic and professional writing.

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McCaughey, J. (2018). Authenticity and the Rhetoric of “Selling” on Social Media: A Role-writing Assignment Set. Prompt: A Journal of Academic Writing Assignments, 2(2).


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