Making Meaning: The Power You Bring


“All human beings share and apply the competence to make meaning through symbolic representation, including language. It isn’t a competence that ‘bright’ people have but not ‘slow’ ones; or that the educated possess but not the uneducated; of that ‘older, more experienced’ people have but not younger ones. It isn’t a gift that teachers bestow on students. Rather, it is a power that students bring with them to the classrooms, hoping they might learn to use it more effectively for their own purposes.”

~~ C. H. Knoblauch and Lil Brannon, Rhetorical Traditions and the Teaching of Writing, 1985