Description & Impersonation
In Writing & Rhetoric Book 9: Description & Impersonation (Student Edition), students will be writing well-crafted descriptive and expository compositions. The first part, description, emphasizes the use of vivid language to describe people, nature, and processes. The second part, impersonation, introduces the modes of persuasion as a means of imitating the writing style and outlook of four famous individuals: journalist Nellie Bly, writer Henry Williamson, athlete Jesse Owens, and statesman Winston Churchill. In these compositions, students will be making use of a range of writing skills, including the ability to inform, to describe, to narrate, and to analyze. In this one-semester book, students will learn to:
favor vivid words that appeal to the senses in fiction and nonfiction
use topic sentences for organizing paragraphs and information
appeal to readers through modes of persuasion: emotion (pathos), credibility (ethos), and logic (logos)
employ rhetorical devices that show clarity of thought: aetiologia, anthypophora, expeditio, and syllogismus
incorporate supportive facts and details
annotate and narrate texts with a variety of strategies: oral narration, summary, outline, and modes of persuasion
craft an effective plot using conflict and character
build copiousness through sentence variety and rhetorical devices, including alliteration, simile, metaphor, hyperbole, epistrophe, and anaphora
work on delivery in public speaking—volume, pacing, and inflection
engage in a group discussions that foster critical thinking
improve essays using oration as an aid to revision
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Writing and Rhetoric Book 10: Thesis Part 1 is scheduled for release in late summer 2018. We recommend students use The Argument Builder after Book 9 for a semester if needed.