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  • 1. Mrs. Wendy Scruggs AP English Language & CompositionIDENTIFYING & EXPLAINING RHETORICAL STRATEGIESPoor papers are easy to spot: Three body paragraphs, eachabout one rhetorical strategy. And a conclusion thatsummarizes.Heres the formula for a low-scoring paper:The writer wants his audience to think hes right. To do this,he uses diction, selection of detail, and figurative language.The writer uses diction when...The writer uses selection of detail when...The writer uses figurative language to...In conclusion, by using diction, selection of detail, andfigurative language, the writer convinces the audience tothink hes right.The writer may address relevant strategies, but the responseas a whole suggests minimal understanding. Its too simplisticin its reasoning.It is important to understand that most strategies worktogether in combination. For example, in an essay, thestrategies of diction and selection of detail generally combineto establish the speakers persuasive attitude. For APstudents, it would be redundant to present this information in
  • 2. Mrs. Wendy Scruggs AP English Language & Compositionseparate paragraphs (one on diction, the other on selection ofdetail).Often, it is best to base paragraphs on the rhetorical intent asopposed to the rhetorical strategy. For example, a writerintends to ridicule his subject. In order to accomplish this goal,he uses the strategies of diction, selection of detail, andfigurative language (e.g., similes). Write about these threestrategies in ONE paragraph detailing how they work togetherto ridicule the subject and bring readers to the authors pointof view.A good rule of thumb is to make a brief list at the bottom ofthe page under the heading, "WHAT THE WRITER WANTS..."List out what the writer wants. These then become yourparagraphs. Identify and explain all strategies the writer uses(within that single paragraph) to accomplish that goal.Wevodau, Edward. "Writing the Rhetorical Analysis." Writing for the AP Exam. Colleyville Heritage High School, 2012. Web.Web. 3 Oct. 2012. <http://www.myteacherpages.com/webpages/EWevodau/writing4.cfm?subpage=1115012>.