Rhetorical Modes Quiz
Complete the following chart to identify the purpose and structure of the various rhetorical modes used in academic writing. Provide at least two tips for writing each type of rhetorical device.
Explain when or why each rhetorical mode is used.
Explain what organizational method works best with each rhetorical mode. Tips
Provide two tips for writing in each rhetorical mode.
Tells the story or narrate an event or series of events.
The events placed in chronological order, which events are told in the order in which they occurred A strong introduction hooks your reader so that they want to continue reading. , A plot summery can help you create chronological outline Illustration
Clearly show or demonstrate and support a point through the use of evidence
Arranges ideas according to their significance; order of importance Only use evidence that is appropriate to the topic as well as the audience. Vary the phrased of illustration you used, it is critical when trying to keep the readers engaged Description
Make sure your audience is immersed in the words on the page Spatial Order, depending on the writer, descriptions could go from the bottom or left to right. Use spatial order to organize your descriptive writing. Avoid empty descriptors Classification
To break down large subject into smaller categories and more specific parts
organized by breaking it down into subcategories
Make sure you break dwn your topic at least three different ways. Choos topic you know well when writing. Process analysis
The purpose is to explain how to do something or how something work In chronological order, step by step instructions on how something is accomplished Always use strong details and clear exampls. Have someone else to read it to make sure it make sense. Definition
The purpose is to define something.
It is organize by the content, circumstance, conditions and setting in which something occurs or exists. Avoid terms that are too simple, lack complexity. Try thinking of concepts you have a personal stake in. Comparison and contrast
To illuminate subtle difference or unexpected similarities. The structure is organized by the subjects point by point, it depends on the nature of topic, your purpose and your audience Use phrases of comparison or contrast to signal to readers how exactly the toe subjects are being analyzed. Summarized the conclusion main points and reinforce thesis
Cause and effect
To determine how various phenomena are related in terms of origins and results. Organize by either starting with the cause then effect or the effect-then-cause. Phrases of causation are helpful in signaling links between various elements. Be careful of resorting to empty speculation or unsubstantiated guessing.. Persuasion
Writing is to convince, motivate, or move readers toward a certain point of view and opinion. Five features will make up the structure; intro and thesis, opposing and qualifying ideas, strong evidence, style and tone, a compelling conclustion Make sure your word choice and writing style is appropriate for both the subject an audience. Be mindful of the use of I in your writing because it can make your argument sound more biased that in need to.
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Select one of the topics below and determine at least one rhetorical mode that would be appropriate for addressing the topic you selected. Write 100 to 150 words explaining the topic you selected, the rhetorical mode, and why you think this mode is most appropriate for addressing your topic.
Workplace proposal for a new initiative
Arguing to change a law
Building a new park in your town
Profile of your best friend or a family member
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission controls national park in the areas. The people in the neighborhood were informed that they were building a new park. This park would be in honor of Chuck Brown who recently passed away. The Memorial Park would be within Langdon Park will have a 200 seat amphitheater surrounded by magnolia trees and backed by a copse of evergreens. Drums will be placed outside. A timeline tower listing Brown most famous songs in chronological order. The Park will also have a walk and a running track along with a pond. On November 2013 they will break ground to commemorate Godfather of Go-Go in the new memorial park. The fans have been waiting for this day to arrive. This Memorial Park is to recognize Chuck Brown, “The God Father of Soul” contribution toward the city.