Resources Rhetorical Strategies Rhetorical strategies are also called rhetorical modes. These strategies or modes provide writers with a way to structure or analyze essays and paragraphs. This section will focus on the use of rhetorical modes to build paragraphs and essays.
Let's take a look at the term "rhetorical mode" and define each word. Rhetorical The word rhetorical is the adjective form of rhetoric. Remember that an adjective describes a noun or a pronoun. The adjective rhetorical describes or modifies the noun mode.
The root word of "rhetorical" is "rhetoric. Mode A mode is a way of doing something, a pattern or model. Rhetorical modes give writers models or patterns for expressing their ideas effectively.
What are the rhetorical modes or strategies that are traditionally taught in college composition classes? Description Good description creates vivid images in the mind of a reader. A writer may be asked to do objective description, where he or she must relate the physical appearance of a person or place without suggesting any feeling or emotion.
Most likely, however, writers will be called upon to write subjective description, where the feelings of the writer are made obvious by the word choices in the description.
Think of description as taking a picture. In a picture, the objects are static they do not movebut the picture itself tells a story. Narration A narrative tells a story. Obviously, stories take place somewhere, and there are things and people in most stories.
Therefore, most narratives will include some description. Narratives focus on action. The answer to this question is what narration is all about. Narratives have a point, the main idea, the theme. If you think of description as a static picture, then think of narration as a movie, a film.
The different sections of the narrative can be considered "scenes" in a film. For an example of a short essay that combines description and narration please read "Salvation" by Langston Hughes. Exemplification Example We learn by example, and when we read, examples allow us to learn more quickly than if we do not have examples.
An example usually describes a real-life situation about the idea that you, the writer, are trying to convey. For example see, I am using an example hereif the topic sentence of a paragraph is that "Traffic in Miami is horrible," then you might want to describe a situation of stalled traffic on the Palmetto Expressway at 5: You might want to let the reader know the time it takes to drive from West Kendall to Coral Gables at 8: You might want to describe the construction work on US 1 in Naranja and Goulds and how that construction restricts traffic to a single lane.
Examples clarify your general point, whether you write a paragraph or an essay. The University of North Carolina has an excellent web page on developing a paragraph using examples. Click here for UNC web page on developing a paragraph using examples.
Cause and Effect Cause and effect, as the name implies, examines the causes of a certain condition or event.
It may also examine the results or effects of that same event. But before we can ever talk about causes or effects, there must be an event, the thing itself. Let's take as an example, World War I. Let's look at another example, violence on television.
Many students want to write about the effects of violence on television, but before they discuss the effects, they should tell their readers what exactly IS violence on television.
In other words, describe the thing itself before discussing the causes or the effects.
Slate magazine publishes some of the best contemporary essays, and, not coincidentally, these essays illustrate the many rhetorical modes discussed here.
Take a look at the following essay, which attempts to explain why professional cyclists use performance enhancing drugs. Comparison and Contrast We use comparison to show how two things are alike or similar; we use contrast to show how two things are different.
Typically, we compare things that differ from each other.Oct 10, · How to Write a Paragraph. In this Article: Article Summary Planning Your Paragraph Writing Your Paragraph Reviewing Your Paragraph Paragraph Help Community Q&A The practice of writing paragraphs is essential to good writing.
Paragraphs help to break up large chunks of text and makes the content easier for readers to digest%(). In Daily Paragraph Practice, students focus on one weekly topic and write a daily paragraph using one of the four prompts.
Each prompt represents a different type of writing--descriptive, persuasive, narrative, and expository--and is designed for upper.
The Umbrella – Write 2 short paragraphs. Each paragraph should be a different idea about the umbrella. Each paragraph should be a different idea about the umbrella.
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President’s Day is the perfect time to sneak in some extra history and government lessons to help kids understand the importance of the holiday. Materials. Adjectives Lesson - Use the printable lesson for your lesson plan, or use student version as lesson supplement.. Adjectives Worksheets - Printable teaching adjectives worksheets..
Procedure. Teachers -- introduce adjectives to the students by having them think of three words that describe a puppy and an elephant. This page contains literature circle sheets, book reviews, book report forms, and a reading survey. Most of the worksheets on this page align with the Common Core Standards.
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