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Identify and describe the rhetorical situation. How is purpose influenced by audience?
The purpose is influenced by the audience because by determining who their
audience is, the writer/speaker can determine what rhetorical choices would
work best to achieve their purpose with said audience. What are three considerations a writer might make in regards to audience?
3. Values Skill 1.A #1
Identify and describe the rhetorical situation. What are two predictions or assumptions you might be able to make based
only on the text in the prompt?
1. Who the audience is
2. What the writer/speaker knows about their audience
What are two things a text might reveal about an audience? How so?
1. Their level of education
2. Their personal values Skill 1.A #2
Identify and describe the rhetorical situation. Explain the relationship between occasion, context, and exigence.
The occasion is the immediate situation of a particular piece of writing,
context is society around it, and exigence in what inspires the speaker/
writer to write the text. What is the distinction between occasion and exigence?
The occasion is what is currently happening about the topic a piece of
writing is about, while the exigence is a certain thing that compels the
speaker/writer to write, or their personal thoughts on a certain occasion.
The exigence primarily concerns the speaker while the occasion
concerns the audience. Skill 1.A #2
Identify and describe the rhetorical situation. The genre of a text can reveal occasion, context, exigence, and audience.
Analyze the occasion, context, exigence, and audience of a Harvard
commencement address in December of 2020.
Audience: Graduating class Context: A Global Pandemic is occurring,
there is much unrest in the US Occasion: Harvard Graduation
Exigence: The Harvard class 2020 is is graduating What rhetorical choices would you assume this commencement speaker will
make based on this understanding?
They would try to relate to their audience, as well as try to give them
hope in these unprecedented times. Skill 1.A #3
Identify and describe the rhetorical situation. How to exigence and occasion give rise to purpose?
Exigence and occasion helped the speaker/writer shape their purpose as
well as create a text that achieves their purpose overall. PURPOSE is what a writer wants the audience to understand (and possibly
do) after reading or listening to the text. Skill 1.A #3
Identify and describe the rhetorical situation. Which rhetorical mode/method of development will you employ in writing a
thesis for a rhetorical analysis essay? Explain what this will look like.
Cause-and-effect thesis. In this method, one analyzes that choices a
writer makes (causes) to achieve a desired effect or purpose. What are three appeals that a writer (and you) should consider in making
your own arguments?
A writer should appeal to an audiences emotions (pathos), their logic and
reasoning (logos), and their own credibility (ethos) Skill 1.A - Unit 4
Identify and describe the rhetorical situation. What are the biggest takeaways from the
Unit 4 Skill 1.A videos?
A writer must consider their audience to create the most compelling argument.
The context, occasion, and exigence can reveal a lot about a writer’s rhetorical
The thesis for a rhetorical analysis essay should follow the cause-and-effect
method. Skill 2.A #1
Write introductions and conclusions appropriate to the rhetorical situation. What is the rhetorical situation for the RA essay on the AP Language exam?
The rhetorical situation for the RA essay is that I have to write an essay
showing my skills of interpretation of the rhetoric used by another writer to
the people scoring my essay. What are some rhetorical choices you should make?
Academic style writing, applying formal/elevated diction, writing in third
person, reference the text, refer to the author/speaker by last name,
employ the literary present tense, and move chronologically through the
text. Skill 2.A #1
Write introductions and conclusions appropriate to the rhetorical situation. The thesis for your RA essays will be cause and effect. What does that
mean and how does it look?
A Thesis that answers the question, “How does the writer craft the
meaning or purpose of the text?” The cause is the rhethorical
choices the writer makes, and the effect is the meaning and
purpose of the text; or the effect on the reader. What information should be included in your introduction? SOAPS/SPACECAT plus the cause and effect of the text. Skill 2.A #1
Write introductions and conclusions appropriate to the rhetorical situation. You should ensure that your thesis is specific about
The choices and overall purpose the writer
makes. Why is it preferable to analyze a text based on overall development and
choices rather than specific literary devices? It does not box you in as the writer to stick to a few specific choices, but
the overall method the speaker used to achieve their purpose. Skill 2.A #2
Write introductions and conclusions appropriate to the rhetorical situation. What is the rhetorical situation for Q1 and Q3 on the AP Language exam?
Exigence: The issue itself that you’ve observed, Purpose: Write and
effective argument that truly engages the issue, Audience: Someone you
want to convince, Context: The present-day world around you, Writer: A
person who has a stake in the issue, Message: Your position on the
topic/issue What rhetorical choices should you should make in responding to Q1 and Q3?
Write in first person or third person, connect to the issue on a personal
level, argue what you truly believe on the issue, think about methods of
development, use a variety of sentences and create a strong voice on the
page, support your claims with evidence. Skill 2.A #2
Write introductions and conclusions appropriate to the rhetorical situation. What should you avoid when writing a Q1 introduction?
Avoid repeating the top matter given to you about the topic on your essay;
only use it as a springboard What are some possible entry points for the Q1 prompt?
Introduce the topic with a discussion based on your own observation of the
issue or topic, share a personal connection to the topic or issue, consider a
philosophical/ethical approach to the topic, or share some knowledge you
may have on the issue. Skill 2.A #2
Write introductions and conclusions appropriate to the rhetorical situation. What should you avoid in writing a Q3 introduction?
Avoid using the top matter information given about the topic in
the prompt. What are some possible entry points for a Q3 essay?
Introduce the topic with a discussion based on your own observation of
the issue or topic, share a personal connection to the topic or issue,
consider a philosophical/ethical approach to the topic, or think about
methods of development. Skill 2.A #3
Write introductions and conclusions appropriate to the rhetorical situation. While a conclusion isn’t required for any of the essays, a solid conclusion can
increase your chances of earning the ________________
___________. What are some reasons you might not earn this point?
You only hint or suggest other arguments, you attempt the contextualize
your argument, but you only end up generalizing, or use complicated or
complex sentences or language that does not enhance the argument. Skill 2.A #3
Write introductions and conclusions appropriate to the rhetorical situation. Conclusion DOs Conclusion DON’Ts Leave a lasting impression
Consider the counterargument
Broaden and think about
implications Repeat your thesis/introduction
Neglect to write a conclusion
Forget about the purpose of
Use a cliche
State the obvious
Use overstatement, hyperbole,
sentimentality Skill 2.A Videos
Write introductions and conclusions appropriate to the rhetorical situation. What are the biggest takeaways from the
Unit 4 Skill 2.A videos?
Do not use the information given in the prompt in your intro for Q1
Always write a conclusion; it can provide you with the
Write about a position you believe in ...
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