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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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