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Narration and Description. AP Lang Rhetorical Strategy #1. The Basics. Narrates: tells a story to make a point Describes : evokes the senses to create a picture. Purpose. 1. Introduce or illustrate a complicated subject 2. A method to analyze an issue or theme

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Narration and description

Narration and Description

AP Lang

Rhetorical Strategy #1


The basics
The Basics

  • Narrates: tells a story to make a point

  • Describes: evokes the senses to create a picture


Purpose
Purpose

1. Introduce or illustrate a complicated subject

2. A method to analyze an issue or theme

3.Report actions and describe the feelings of people involved


Audience
Audience

  • Consider how much you need to tell your readers

  • Consider how much you need to show your readers

  • Decide how much information your readers need: every detail? Brief summary of parts? Mixture of both?


Strategies
Strategies

*Your essay must have a purpose and be focused!!!!

-Conflict:

1. writer vs. himself/herself (man vs. self)

2. writer vs. others (man vs. man)

3. writer vs. environment (man vs. nature—can be stereotypes too)

-Plot: coherent sequence of events

-Pace: the speed at which the writer recounts events


Strategies con d
Strategies con’d

Selection of details: Select details that satisfy the needs of your readers and further the purpose of your essay.

objective/technical?

Subjective/impressionistic?

Figurative image?

Dominant impression?

-Point of view:

point—person and position of the narrator

view—attitude toward the experience

-person

-position

**Be sure to represent the events in your narrative so that your story makes its point!!!


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