Appendix C Essay

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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 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 narrative writing is to tell a story. The organizational method that works best with narrative writing is chronological order. Two tips for
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Have someone else read over the essay to see if the order makes sense and is easy to follow.

The purpose of a definition essay is to define something. A definition essay is organized by the original term, then the writer’s definition, and then the rationalization of that definition. Consider the circumstances in which the word getting defined is being used. Use concepts to describe rather than objects.

Compare and contrast
The purpose of this type of essay is to analyze two subjects and point out the similarities or differences, or both. Depending on the topic the essay can be organized either subject by subject or point by point. Remember to use phrases of comparison and contrast to help the reader follow along. Know why the topics are alike or different and keep that in mind when writing.

Cause and effect
The purpose of a cause and effect essay is to determine how various phenomena is related. This type of essay can be organized by the cause and the resulting effect or the effect and what caused it. One tip is to use facts to support the claims made. The writer should have a clear conclusion that reinforces the connection between the events.

The purpose of a persuasion essay is to convince someone of a certain point. The best way to organize a persuasive essay is to lead with an introduction and thesis statement, then state the opposing and qualifying ideas,

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