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Reading Quiz. What is a rhetorical situation? Give an example of one. What is one of the things you should consider before beginning to write?. Rhetorical Situations. Rhetoric : the art of discourse (or communication) Aristotle’s definition:

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reading quiz
Reading Quiz
  • What is a rhetorical situation?
  • Give an example of one.
  • What is one of the things you should consider before beginning to write?
rhetorical situations
Rhetorical Situations

Rhetoric:

the art of discourse (or communication)

Aristotle’s definition:

"the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion."

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Rhetorical Situations

Logos: the logic or reason behind what you’re trying to say (often includes facts, statistics, etc.)

In terms of your message:

  • What do you want to say?
  • How will you support your argument?
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Rhetorical Situations

Ethos: moral character, values

In terms of your message:

  • Who are you to say it?
  • What is your perspective as the author of the message?
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Rhetorical Situations

Pathos: from the Greek for “suffering” or “experience,” represents an emotional appeal to the audience

In terms of your message:

  • Who is your audience?
  • How can you make them care about what you’re trying to say?
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Rhetorical Situations

Kairos: the right or opportune moment

In terms of your message:

  • When is the best time to deliver your message to your audience?
  • What is the best medium to do so?
rhetorical situations other considerations
Rhetorical Situations:Other Considerations
  • Time and length
  • Genre, medium, format
  • Tone and style
rhetorical situations practice exercise
Rhetorical Situations:Practice Exercise

Your Message: “I’m going to be late”

Audience(s): Parents, Friend, Professor

Select appropriate:

  • Logos
  • Ethos
  • Pathos
  • Medium
  • Tone and Style
brainstorming techniques
Brainstorming Techniques
  • List every word that comes to mind
  • Think about the opposite side of the topic
  • Draw your subject
  • Try clustering:
  • Ask questions
  • Browse other

examples

  • Collaborate with colleagues
homework
Homework
  • Read: Guide, Ch. 4, pp. 90-107
  • Comment on blog
  • Write your Memoir Proposal
    • (due emailed to me, with a printed copy brought to class)
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