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The Basics of Rhetoric. An introduction. Learning Targets. Target 1: I can define rhetoric. Target 2: I can use the three rhetorical analysis questions to analyze a text. Target 5: I can differentiate between summary and rhetorical analysis. What is Rhetoric? . A few definitions to know.

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the basics of rhetoric

The Basics of Rhetoric

An introduction

learning targets
Learning Targets
  • Target 1: I can define rhetoric.
  • Target 2: I can use the three rhetorical analysis questions to analyze a text.
  • Target 5: I can differentiate between summary and rhetorical analysis.
what is rhetoric
What is Rhetoric?

A few definitions to know

definitions of rhetoric
Definitions of Rhetoric
  • Aristotle’s Definition:
    • the art of observing in any given case the “available means of persuasion
  • Other Definitions:
    • “The study of effective speaking and writing.”
      • -Silva Rhetoricae
    • “ The art of speaking or writing effectively”
      • Merriam-Webster
    • “The art of effective communication”
the major players of rhetoric
The Major Players of Rhetoric

3 things to consider

the start of rhetorical situation
The start of Rhetorical Situation

Author – the creator of the communication

Audience – the receiver of the communication

Subject – the topic of the communication

what is rhetorical analysis
What is Rhetorical Analysis?

**Note: that was not a rhetorical question

the components
The Components…
  • Rhetoric = effective speaking and writing
  • Analysis = identifying the parts or features of something and explaining how these features work together
rhetorical analysis
Rhetorical Analysis
  • Cameron’s definition:
    • Breaking apart the components of a piece of communication to examine the techniques an author uses for successfully getting a point across.
      • Communication mediums – speaking, writing, visual
      • Techniques of…
        • Language (our major focus)
        • Images
        • Verbal inflections
summary vs analysis
Summary vs. Analysis
  • Summary is merely stating what the author says.
  • Analysis is dissecting what the author does with language to communicate powerfully.
so how do we start
So how do we start?

Ask 3 questions

3 rhetorical questions
3 Rhetorical Questions
  • 1. What is the message?
  • 2. How is the message being conveyed?
  • 3. Why is the message being conveyed?
we can read visual texts too
We can read Visual texts too!
  • Consider:
    • What elements/details catch the eye or seem important?
    • Does the visual have a title?
    • Is color (or the lack of it) used significantly?
    • How do different parts of the picture fit together?
  • Draw conclusions about the visual’s message.
homework for tonight
Homework for tonight

Read “We are all writers now” & answer the three rhetorical questions for this text.

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