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Appendix C

Rhetorical Modes Matrix

Rhetorical modes are methods for effectively communicating through language and writing. Complete the following chart to identify the purpose and structure of the various rhetorical modes used in academic writing. Provide at least 2 tips for writing each type of rhetorical device.

Rhetorical Mode

Purpose – Explain when or why each rhetorical mode is used. Structure – Explain what organizational method works best with each rhetorical mode. Provide 2 tips for writing in each rhetorical mode.

The purpose of narrative writing is to tell a story.The organizational method that works best with narrative writing is chronological order. Two tips for narrative writing are decide if the story is factual or fictional, and use transitional words and phrases.

The purpose of an illustration essay is to show or demonstrate a point to the reader.Order of importance is the best way to organize an illustration essay. One tip is to use transitional words so the reader can follow the evidence being presented. Another tip is to vary the types of words and phrases used in order to keep the reader’s attention.

The purpose of a descriptive essay is to describe something using sensory details.The organization method used for a descriptive essay is spatial order. The writer should use sharp and concise details in the descriptions. When describing things the writer needs to incorporate the five senses.

The purpose of a classification essay is to break down a topic into specific parts.A classification essay is organized by the subtopics. One tip for writing a classification essay is to use strong details for each subtopic. The writer should break down the original topic into three or more subtopics.

Process analysis
The purpose of a process analysis is to explain how to do something or how something works.This type of essay is...
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