Rhetorical Modes Matrix

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Associate Program Material 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. Narration Narration describes details of an event. Narration is similar to a sequenced list, but it is written in paragraph form. The narration paper is generally short. Narration is well suited to history writing. Narration, like any good writing, is strongest when written in the active voice. The writer should create an introductory paragraph that provides a very brief overview of the narration that is to follow. Illustration Writers use the Illustration Mode when they provide detailed examples to clarify general or abstract ideas. The writer can use any one of a variety of words and phrases to make the segue from general or abstract to the clarifying Illustration, including "for example," or "Suppose one has"¦" An Illustration is meaningful only if it can be understood by a wide audience. The illustration cannot clarify if the reference is as obscure as the idea it is meant to explain. In some instances, more
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