Com/155 Appendix C Rhetorical Modes

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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 |Structure – Explain what organizational |Provide 2 tips for writing in |
| |each rhetorical mode is used. |method works best with each rhetorical mode. |each rhetorical mode. |
|Narration |The purpose of narration is to |Narrative methods represent a form of inquiry|1. Clarity. Complex words
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Very often | | |
| |presence of illustrations | | |
| |determines whether a text will | | |
| |be noticed and read. | | |
|Description |Description makes one's writing |An organizational method that works best with|1. Close your eyes and try to |
| |come alive! As a writer, you |each rhetorical mode is exposition. The |recreate the image in your |
| |want the READER to be able to |purpose of exposition is to explain and then |head. |
| |see your words in Technicolor! |analyze information by presenting an idea, |2. Remember that people have |
| |Description paints the picture |appropriate discussion and relevant evidence.|five senses. Don’t just rely |
| |for the reader and makes one's | |on visual description. |
| |writing SO much more | |3. Adjectives should describe,|