Associate Program Material
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.
| * 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 a narration is to tell stories.
| Usually in chronological order, which events are told in the order in which they occurred.
| A plot summary can help you create chronological outline. Start with a strong intro to hook your reader into wanting to continue reading.
| The purpose of an illustration is to clearly demonstrate and support a point through the use of evidence.
| Order of importance, which is a method of organization that arranges ideas according to their significance, is the best organizational method for illustration.
| Use evidence that is appropriate to your topic as well as your audience. Vary the phrases of illustration you used, it is critical when trying to keep readers engaged.
| The purpose of a description is to make sure the audience is fully immersed in the words on the page by using sensory details.
| Spatial order, depending on the writer, descriptions could go from top to bottom or left to right, etc.
| Avoid “empty” descriptors if possible. Use spatial order to organize your descriptive writing.
| The purpose is to break broad subjects down into smaller, more manageable, and more specific parts.
| Organized by breaking it down into subcategories.
| Choose topics you know well when writing these types of essays. Make sure you break down your topic at least three different ways.
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