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Rhetoric: The Art of Argument or Persuasion Online Support for
The art or study of using language effectively and persuasively
Writing can become an enjoyable process. Most
writing has a common thread. Paragraphs,
graduate theses, and
love letters may appear to be
unrelated pieces of writing, but they share one goal. Each attempts to
main idea. This process is not a
mystery. It is a practical art called
What is written on this page is instructive. The rudiments of rhetoric
were once the
backbone of American education (when US schools were excellent.)
Mastering these skills is still required if one
hopes to produce professional work at any level of education
or in any situation or circumstance.
Here is a basic framework for this Art of Argument or Persuasion...
History and/or Evidence:
After you get their attention and announce the main idea,
you must supply any history they may need, details that will help them understand,
or evidence to support your main idea.
Argumentation or Persuasion:
When you have provided the necessary facts,
history, and/or evidence you must do two things:
a. Use this history and/or evidence to support your main idea.
b. Use this history and/or evidence to defeat opposing ideas.
At this point, you have told your reader what you intend to say, you have
then said it, and you now summarize exactly what it is you wanted them to hear.
If you have used appropriate transitional elements, grammar, and syntax, this
communication will have been most effective. (transition document)
This summary process will lead directly
conclusion, or the ending
to your paragraph, essay, or note. The most important part of this conclusion is to restate
your main idea or thesis, but in different words and in such a way as to
take your reader beyond the paper.
Rhetoric provides the framework for all western writing. We can thank
Plato and Aristotle.
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