Ch 12: Rhetorical Modes

About This Chapter

In this chapter, you'll find a handful of lessons that cover rhetorical modes that are used in writing. Use the chapter's lessons and quizzes whenever you need to boost your writing and reading comprehension skills for upcoming exams, class assignments, essays or any other academic need.

Rhetorical Modes - Chapter Summary

This chapter provides a high-level overview of rhetorical modes in writing. These simple lessons, which are all taught by experienced English instructors, show you effective methods for recognizing and analyzing organizational patterns, topics, arguments and claims in different types of reading passages. The chapter also takes a look at rhetorical techniques that are commonly used for persuasion. When you're finished working through the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Compare types of organizational writing patterns
  • Identify and analyze topic sentences
  • Differentiate between a reading passage's topic and argument
  • Support scientific claims with evidence, data and logic
  • Recognize the differences between supportive and unsupportive claims
  • Evaluate rhetorical techniques in persuasive texts

As you work through the chapter, be sure to take the self-assessment quizzes to solidify your understanding of these rhetorical modes and techniques. Your dashboard will keep track of your progress throughout the chapter, and the Ask the Expert feature allows you to submit any questions you may have about the material. You can use any Internet-connected device to access these resources at any time that fits your schedule.

6 Lessons in Chapter 12: Rhetorical Modes
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Organizational Patterns for Writing: Purpose and Types

1. Organizational Patterns for Writing: Purpose and Types

Ever read a piece of writing and simply not understand the message? Knowing the structure of the writing will often help you understand it. Watch this video lesson to learn about structure of writing.

Topic Sentences: Identification & Analysis

2. Topic Sentences: Identification & Analysis

The topic sentence is a very important structure in written language. This lesson not only defines this term, but gives tips on how to analyze your own topic sentences in order to make them as strong as can be.

Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

3. Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

Understanding the distinction between topic and argument is an important part of becoming a critical reader. Here's the difference, with examples. Also review how to identify the support for an argument in a passage.

Supporting Scientific Claims with Logic, Data & Evidence

4. Supporting Scientific Claims with Logic, Data & Evidence

In this lesson, we will examine methods to support scientific claims using logic, data, and evidence. We will also look at a few potential pitfalls when finding support for scientific claims.

Supportive vs. Unsupportive Claims in Reading Passages

5. Supportive vs. Unsupportive Claims in Reading Passages

This lesson will give you insight into the differences between evidence and claims, how evidence is used to create supported claims, and how to spot unsupported claims in reading passages.

Rhetorical Techniques in Persuasive Texts

6. Rhetorical Techniques in Persuasive Texts

Are you making a persuasive speech or writing a persuasive essay? Or are you a consumer who reads ads? If so, this lesson will help you understand different techniques used to influence an audience.

Chapter Practice Exam
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