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 two tips for writing each type of rhetorical device.
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Rhetorical Mode | * Purpose – Explain when or why each rhetorical mode is used. | Structure – Identify the organizational method that works best with each rhetorical mode. | Tips – Provide two tips for writing in each rhetorical mode. | Narration | To tell a story or narrate an event. It helps to see clear sequences in an event. | Chronological order because you usually tell a story from beginning to end. For example a biography. | 1. Use strong detail. 2. Know what you are going to narrate ahead of time and set up an order of the events. | Illustration | Shows and demonstrates a point with the use of evidence. | Order of importance it shows the implication of things and is placed in that order. | 1. 1. Pay attention to your descriptions try not to be too vague or too general. 2. 2. Use comparisons that your reader may be familiar with | Description | To make sure the audience is fully wrapped up in what they are reading. Example to visually present someone on your story | Focuses on showing the reader or giving them a vivid description of what is being described | 1. Have a good pattern of organized discussion 2. Concentrate on the subject you are describing you do not want to overwhelm your readers. | Classification | To identify the subject you are writing about a person, place or event | Pattern thinking whenever you break down a subject into parts you are classifying it | 1. Arrange things into categories. 2. Give the correct importance to each category | Processanalysis | The process of how to do something and how it works | This is usually done in chronological order because it is shown in steps | 1. Make a list of steps in…