PP Modes Lecture 1 Part One

PP Modes Lecture 1 Part One - Modes of Discourse There are...

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RDG 091 Critical Reading Janice Hill MVCC
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Introduction We study rhetoric, the art or study of using language effectively and persuasively for the purpose of communication. It is the study of written prose. Prose is communication which is not poetry.
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Topics Topics are the subjects of the paragraph. Subjects are nouns. Nouns are persons, places, things, or ideas. To limit topics, readers may modify nouns by adding adjectives or adjective phrases to make the topic identification more specific. The topic of the movie “Jaws” is a crazed shark.
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Main Ideas Authors state (in a thesis statement) or suggest (hints and clues) the main idea of reading passages. The main idea is the most important information the reader learns about the topic. Students will compose grammatically correct sentences in their own words to answer main idea questions. Here is a main idea sentence identifying the most important information from “Jaws.” A crazed shark terrified an Atlantic coast town until the shark was destroyed.
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Unformatted text preview: Modes of Discourse There are four modes (methods) of discourse (communication), which we read in college: expository, descriptive, narrative, and persuasive. Authors have a purpose for writing. The modes of discourse categorize these purposes: to teach, to paint a picture, to convince, to tell a story with a moral lesson. Expository Discourse Conveys information about or explains a subject. Like a textbook. Purpose is to teach. Descriptive Discourse Emphasizes details that may include color, comparisons, and/or modifiers. Expressive, creative, imaginative writing. Purpose is to paint pictures for the reader. Narrative Discourse Relates events that happen to characters usually in chronological order. Art of telling a story. Purpose is to entertain or teach a moral lesson. Persuasive Discourse Uses emotion and/or logic to convince the reader to agree with a point made by the author. Purpose is to persuade....
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