SELECTED RHETORICAL STRATEGIES
This rhetorical strategy involves using sensory details, including
sight, sound, smell, touch, and/or taste, to inform, persuade, and/or
entertain the readers.
Textbook: pgs. 71 - 79
In Use: "The Jacket" pg. 170
Textbook pgs. 80- 86
In Use: "On Being 17, Bright,
and Unable to Read" pg. 159
This rhetorical strategy involves using examples to clarify an idea.
Examples may be extended or brief. Examples may come from
personal experience, observation, reading, and/or research.
This rhetorical strategy involves using a story make to
a point. Narration also may be extended or brief. A a
point. Narration also may be extended or brief. A
and/or research as well. brief narration is called an
anecdote. Stories may
In Use: "Beauty: When the Other
Dancer is the Self" pg. 178
Sample Anecdote:"Time Out for
Toddlers" pg. 210
Textbook: 57 - 64
"And Maybe I Can Also Walk On Water"
(begins on pg. 143)
"What Did Kids Do Before Television
(begins on pg. 150)
This rhetorical strategy involves analyzing the similarities and
differences of two subjects. Organization may be point-by-point
(in book: alternating pattern) or subject- by-subject (block
consider purpose and audience when comparing and
contrasting; it is important to go beyond the obvious.
Textbook: 50 - 56
From the textbook (pg. 50)
"Both classification and division are methods of grouping
groups them into categories, and division takes one entity
and breaks it down into its parts. Consider your college,
for example. It orders courses in the catalog by placing
them into groups according to the departments that order
those courses (English, biology, mathematics, and so on);
this is classifying. In addition, your college organizes itself
by breaking into components (the School of Education, the
School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering,
and so on)."
Textbook: 43 - 49
From the textbook (pg. 43)
"Argumentation-persuasion works to convince the reader
to think or act in a particular way."
"Money for Morality" (starts on pg. 133)
"It's Time to Stop Playing Indians"
(starts on pg. 147)
"A Modest Proposal to Destroy Western
Civ.: The $100 Christmas"
(starts on pg. 155)
"What TV Does to Kids"
(starts on pg. 164)
"What Did Kids Do Before Television Was
Invented?" (starts on pg. 150)
"On Kids and Slasher Movies"
(starts on pg. 175)
Group Readings (start on pg. 191)