Rhetorical Devices

A Handbook and Activities for Student Writers


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Author(s): McGuigan, Brendan
Editor: Grudzina, Douglas (ed.)
Page Length: 232
Copyright: 2007
Weight: 0.66 lbs.
Item Code: 302180
ISBN: 9781580497657
ISBN-10: 1580497659

Help students shine on the written portion of any standardized test by teaching the skills they need to craft powerful, compelling arguments with Rhetorical Devices.

Students will learn to accurately identify and evaluate the effectiveness of rhetorical devices in not only famous speeches, advertisements, political campaigns, and literature, but also in the blog, newspaper, and magazine entries they read in their daily lives. Students will then improve their own writing strategy, style, and organization by correctly and skillfully using the devices they have learned.

Each device is illustrated with clear, real-life examples to promote proper usage and followed up with meaningful exercises to maximize understanding. Pointers are provided throughout this book to help your students develop a unique writing style, and cumulative exercises will help students retain what they have learned.

Customer Reviews

21 Jul 2015 | AP English Language and Composition Teacher |

An excellent workbook for supplemental activities in an AP English Language and Composition class. May be too advanced for regular Language Arts classes, but could pick and choose appropriate exercises.

Review Rating: 4

21 Jul 2015 | Becca D |

RHETORICAL DEVICES is an excellent resource. However, it must be paired with excellent reading samples; then, students must be able to write using these devices.

Review Rating: 4

21 Jul 2015 | Jeff Halbe |

I like the examples showing the device in action.

Review Rating: 5

21 Jul 2015 | M Stofko |

Very thorough

Review Rating: 5

21 Jul 2015 | Pat S. |

This book has been a useful addition to speech and writing classes.

Review Rating: 4

21 Jul 2015 | Mrs. Snyder |

I can't think of any improvements. I had students share the sentences they wrote using the devices at the end of the chapters. Sometimes if there were two devices in a single chapter, I'd have them guess which device the student used in the sentence.

Review Rating: 5

21 Jul 2015 | Kelly McElhiney |

The book is very user friendly with specific instructions and covers a wide range of common as well as more obscure rhetorical devices. I use it in 11th grade AP, but also with vertical teaming for 9th and 10th grade pre-AP classes.

Review Rating: 4

21 Jul 2015 | Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator, Alabama |

A much needed and well presented quality resource for any high school English teacher

Review Rating: 5

05 May 2015 | Carolyn |

Rhetorical Devices is an excellent tool for helping AP Language students learn these devices. As a high school teacher, I highly recommend this book. It has many terms relevant to Advanced Placement exams, and the exercises are good.

Review Rating: 5

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