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Exploring Rhetorical Modes

Rhetorical Modes Worksheet Chart

Complete the following worksheet on rhetorical modes for academic essays using the information shared in Ch. 8c of The Everyday Writer.


Rhetorical Mode Explain in your own words (using complete sentences) when a writer would use this mode.
Narrative
Description
Definition
Process
Problem and solution


Rhetorical Mode Explain in your own words which mode in the chart above would work for each topic provided.
Write at least 15 words for each, using complete sentences.
A document explaining a new computing term to an employee
A section in the employee manual on the stepts to properly request vacation time
A report that analyzes a drop in sales and offers suggestions for increasing them
A memo that provides an account of a recent incident with a customer
An email to employees illustrating how a store display should appear


Choosing a Rhetorical Mode

For the final essay for this course, you will be writing an academic essay based on a specific topic and rhetorical mode. You may choose from one of three rhetorical modes below:

Comparison and Contrast in The Everyday Writer Plus
Cause and Effect in The Everyday Writer Plus
Argument in The Everyday Writer Plus

Consider each mode and choose one that works best for you.
Complete the following chart using your selected rhetorical mode in order to narrow down a topic and create a clear path to Week 2 assignments.

Question: Your response, in at least 25 words using complete sentences:
Which rhetorical mode (comparison and contrast, cause and effect, and persuasive) are you using for your essay? Why?
In your own words, define the mode you chose.
How is an essay for this rhetorical mode organized (i.e. what does it include, etc.)?
Using the examples from the chapters provided on your mode of choice, share a topic choice of your own that would work well for this mode (feel free to explore multiple topics, if desired).
Why would you like to explore this topic further?
In order to narrow it down properly, discuss what aspect of this topic will you focus on (i.e. what specifically would you like your readers to learn from your essay)?
What main points are you considering including in your essay to support your point of view on this topic? For example, share the ways in which you will compare and contrast two items, the causes and effects you will explore, or the evidence you will use for your persuasive piece.