Rhetorical Modes

Each document/piece of art/cartoon/quote we analyze in class has a purpose as to why it was created. Below are the 10 options to choose from in determining the Rhetorical Mode (narrative structure):

MODE/METHOD                               PURPOSE

~Narration               To tell a story about your subject, possibly to enlighten readers or to explain something to them

~Description           To help readers understand your subject through evidence of their senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste

~Example                 To explain your subject with instances that show readers its nature or character

~Comparison and Contrast     To explain or evaluate your subject by helping readers see the similarities and differences
between it and another subject

~Process Analysis  To inform readers how to do something or how something works—how a sequence of actions leads to a
particular result

~Division or Analysis  To explain a conclusion about your subject by showing readers the subject’s parts or elements

~Classification     To help readers see order in your subject by understanding the kinds or groups it can be sorted into

~Cause and Effect   To tell readers the reasons for or consequences of your subject, explaining why or what if

~Definition             To show readers the meaning of your subject—its boundaries and its distinctions from other subjects

~Argument & Persuasion    To have readers consider your opinion about your subject or your proposal for it





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