Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Type

Master of Arts

Degree Name

Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media

First Advisor

Janine Morris, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Whitney Lehmann, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Juliette Kitchens, Ph.D.


Social Media, Digital Literacy, Assemblage, Circulation, Rhetoric, Multimodality


Social media is changing the landscape of composing and information distribution. As Americans are engaging with more social media platforms, composition and rhetoric scholars should consider the importance of enhancing digital literacy skills when utilizing social media, especially with the spread of misinformation across social media platforms. The thesis argues for integrating social media into composition classrooms to help students become stronger critical composers and consumers of information. The project is informed by scholarship on social media in rhetoric and composition, assemblage, and circulation. By combining assemblage and circulation theories, I develop a Social Media Interaction Framework that views social media texts from their construction through distribution. Through the framework, I offer learning objectives, three learning activities, and teaching considerations that provide guidance for instructors on how they can implement social media in the classroom.