Reading for Intellectual Agility and Rhetoric. Remembering Who You Were.
Think about how other genres of writing employ narrative strategies. Other Common Rhetorical Strategies not to be confused with artistic appeals There are several rhetorical strategies you can use to make your writing more powerful.
It is often a good idea to use several of these strategies in combination, although not every strategy will be applicable to every essay or topic you are discussing.
Provide examples or cases in point. Are there examples - facts, statistics, cases in point, personal experiences, interview quotations - that you could add to help you achieve the purpose of your essay?
Detail sensory perceptions of a person, place, or thing. Does a person, place, or object play a prominent role in your essay? Would the tone, pacing, or overall purpose of your essay benefit from sensory details?
Are you trying to report or recount an anecdote, an experience, or an event? Does any part of your essay include the telling of a story either something that happened to you or to a person you include in your essay? Explain how to do something or how something happens.
Would any portion of your essay be more clear if you included concrete directions about a certain process? Are there any processes that readers would like to understand better?
Are you evaluating any processes? Comparison and contrast Discuss similarities and differences. Does your essay contain two or more related subjects? Are you evaluating or analyzing two or more people, places, processes, events, or things?
Do you need to establish the similarities and differences between two or more elements? Division and classification Divide a whole into parts or sort related items into categories. Are you trying to explain a broad and complicated subject? Would it benefit your essay to reduce this subject to more manageable parts to focus your discussion?
Provide the meaning of terms you use. Who is your audience? Does your essay focus on any abstract, specialized, or new terms that need further explanation so your readers understand your point? Does any important word in your essay have many meanings and need to be need to be clarified?
Cause and effect analysis Analyze why something happens and describe the consequences of a string of events. Are you examining past events or their outcomes? Is your purpose to inform, speculate, or argue about why an identifiable fact happens the way it does? Convince others through reasoning.
Are you trying to explain aspects of a particular subject, and are you trying to advocate a specific opinion on this subject or issue in your essay? Introduction to Chapter 2: Pages 26 and 27 Remembering Who You Were "It isn't necessarily what happens that is momentous--it's what happens as a result of the event.
What did you learn? How did you change? It might have enlightened you intellectually, or it might have made you stronger. Some events change us immediately, while others affect us more gradually.Jul 24, · By Bonnie Jo Campbell pp.
W. W. Norton & Company. $ Jane Smiley is the author of “Private Life,” “A Good Horse,” “The Man Who Invented the Computer” and many other books. Campbell provides us with the basic details to understand the event (and notice that this event is not overly complicated nor is it difficult to follow) and then she goes on .
Our Working Lives by Bonnie Jo Campbell and Stuart Dybek - book cover, description, publication history. work and the workplace provide setting, metaphor, and meaning -- Bonnie Jo Campbell.
In most ways this is a perfect model of the American short story of work: intimate with the working experience, its work and culture, giving respect. Sample Essays. Writing Topics. Invention. Inventing Ideas Assignment.
2. REMEMBERING WHO YOU WERE.
Readings. Selling Manure, Bonnie Jo Campbell. How I Lost the Junior Miss Pageant, Cindy Bosley. The Thrill of Victory The Agony of Parents, Jennifer Schwind-Pawlak [Student essay].
Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Thinking Further. Public Resonance. Thesis. Sample Essays. Writing Topics.
Invention. Inventing Ideas Assignment. 2. Remembering Who You Were. Readings. Selling Manure, Bonnie Jo Campbell. How I Lost the Junior Miss Pageant, Cindy Bosley.
The Thrill of Victory The Agony of Parents, Jennifer Schwind-Pawlak [Student essay]. Invention. Point of Contact. Analysis. Thinking Further. Public Resonance. Thesis. is and in to a was not you i of it the be he his but for are this that by on at they with which she or from had we will have an what been one if would who has her.