For a little inspiration and sensible advice about the nature of Burke’s theory (a theory which can feel overwhelming to students), we suggest Arthur Quinn, “Teaching Burke: Kenneth Burke and the Rhetoric of Ascent,” Rhetoric Society Quarterly
, Vol. 25, 1995, pp. 231-36. Those with an interest in intellectual history will appreciate Quinn’s effort to place Burke within the larger tradition of Western thought.
Floyd D. Anderson and Lawrence J. Prelli, “Kenneth Burke’s Agonistic Theory of Knowledge,” Western Journal of Communication, Vol. 82, 2018, pp. 181-193.
Robert Prus, “Kenneth Burke's Dramatistic Pragmatism: A Missing Link Between Classical Greek Scholarship and the Interactionist Study of Human Knowing and Acting,” Qualitative Sociological Review, Vol. 13, 2017, pp. 6-58.
Jennifer Richards, “Equipment for Thinking: or Why Kenneth Burke is Still Worth Reading,” Studies in Philosophy and Education, Vol. 34, 2015, pp. 363-375.
Clarke Rountree and John Rountree, “Burke's Pentad as a Guide for Symbol-Using Citizens,” Studies In Philosophy and Education, Vol. 34, 2015, pp. 349-362.
Applications of Burke’s theory
Barry Brummett, “What Popular Films Teach Us About Values: Locked Inside with the Rage Virus,” Journal of Popular Film and Television, Vol. 41, 2013, pp. 61-67.
Amanda Nell Edgar, “R&B Rhetoric and Victim-Blaming Discourses: Exploring the Popular Press's Revision of Rihanna's Contextual Agency,” Women's Studies In Communication, Vol. 37, 2014, pp. 138-158.
Molly Hartzog, “Scapegoating in the Wild: A Burkean Analysis of Two Outdoor Adventures Gone Wrong,” Environmental Communication, Vol. 9, 2015, pp. 520-538.
Mike Milford, “Kenneth Burke's Punitive Priests and the Redeeming Prophets: The NCAA, the College Sports Media, and the University of Miami Scandal,” Communication Studies, Vol. 66, 2015, pp. 45-62.
Mollie K. Murphy and Tina M. Harris, “White Innocence and Black Subservience: The Rhetoric of White Heroism in The Help,” Howard Journal Of Communications, Vol. 29, 2018, pp. 49-62.
Andrea J. Terry, “The Church Made Me Do It: Identity and Apology in Marin Foundation Video Confessionals,” Journal Of Communication Inquiry, Vol. 39, 2015, pp. 298-318.
Francesca Marie Smith and Thomas A. Hollihan, “‘Out of Chaos Breathes Creation’: Human Agency, Mental Illness, and Conservative Arguments Locating Responsibility for the Tucson Massacre,” Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Vol. 17, 2014, pp. 585-618.
Shannon Walters, “Cool Aspie Humor: Cognitive Difference and Kenneth Burke's Comic Corrective in The Big Bang Theory and Community,” Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, Vol. 7, 2013, pp. 271-288.
Other teaching ideas
Samuel L. Head, “Teaching Grounded Audiences: Burke's Identification in Facebook and Composition,” Computers & Composition, Vol. 39, 2016, pp. 27-40.