Unit Materials

Informational Text Features

Finding the Main Idea

Author's Point of View

Rhetorical Devices

The Three

Appeals

Argumentative Writing

 
 

Literary Terms

  • Tone Components

    Diction

    an author's word choice; the connotations, or the ideas associated with a word, and the denotations, or the literal definition of the term, should both be considered.

    Details

    information provided about characters, events, or situations

    Imagery

    vivid description which appeals to the senses.

    (sentence patterns): how the author arranges sentences: short, medium, or long in length; fragments; run-ons; repetitions, parallels

    Syntax

  • The Three Appeals

    Emotional Appeal (Pathos)

    means persuading by appealing to the reader's emotions. Diction affects the audience's emotional response as well as anecdotes, or small stories to prove the reader’s point.

    means appealing to the reader’s sense of right or wrong or by appealing to the character of the author.

    Logical Appeal (Logos)

    means persuading by the use of reasoning. Giving reasons is the heart of argumentation. Types include facts, statistics, data, expert opinions, endorsements.

    Ethical Appeal (Ethos)

  • Persuasive Elements

    Anecdote

    a brief, typically entertaining story used by an author to support a point.

    Diction

    an author's choice of words (does the author use strong, descriptive, loaded language, which can suggest positive or negative connotations to stir the emotions of the reader?)

  • Rhetorical Strategies

    Parallelism

    means persuading by appealing to the reader's emotions. Diction affects the audience's emotional response as well as anecdotes, or small stories to prove the reader’s point.

    Repetition

    means appealing to the reader’s sense of right or wrong or by appealing to the character of the author.

    Analogy

    means persuading by the use of reasoning. Giving reasons is the heart of argumentation. Types include facts, statistics, data, expert opinions, endorsements.

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