This following information may be very boring for some and other may consider it useless. But if you study each bit of information you'll realize this information is necessary to write a good paper for any English class. I only wish they would have taught students this back when they were young, around middle school (6-8 grade). Hopefully I will get some decent feedback from knowledgeable members who may even give me some more information.
I will first like to define some very important terms that may or may not deal with the rhetoric triangle.
Rhetoric: The art of presenting content.
Exigence: Authors reaction to a situation that motivates him/her to write.
Purpose: To warn, reveal human society, enlighten, to correct.
Sentence: A group of words that name something and make a assertion (claim).
Clauses: In laymen's term, the basic building blocks of a sentence.
Syllogism: Logical equation.
All men (A) are (=) mortal (B)
Socrates(C) is (=) a man (A)
Socrates(C) is (=) mortal (B)
Enthymeme: Reduced syllogism.
The following information are 16 Inventions I've learned, I won't bother writing down their definitions unless someone is interested.
Genus - Species
Now for some basic yet even more important information.
ARGUMENT = CLAIM + SUPPORT
This must be the most important equation I know.
Toulmin Model is used for analyzing a piece of work.
The following terms deal with this model.
Data = facts, stats, studies, expert opinion
Warrant = unspoken assumption
Backing = spoken data
Rebuttal = stating the counter argument
Qualifiers = data that focuses on the claim(s)
There are several sentence patterns what we discussed during class. If you need any sentence example please ask.
SV; ConJ.ADV SV.
SV, ConJ. SV; SV or SV, SV, ConJ. SV.
SVO; S, O
S - Modifier - V
S - full sentence - V
Participial Phrase, SV. Or SV, Participial Phrase
A, B, C
A and B and C
(The "and" can be replaced with one of the f.a.n.b.o.y)
F - for
A - and
N - nor
B - but
O - or
Y - yet
Also before this class I never exactly understood a semi-colon was. The instructor gave me a great example:
-Suggest "relationship" between ideas
-One core idea connected to next
Quote from instructor, "When I rule the earth, Iíll win a Nobel Prize for renaming the semi-colon to a percom."
This is basically a quick summary of what I've learned within a couple of weeks. Though I did not add everything as it would take too long and Iím missing notes, those pretty much the most important things someone would need to know.
Also remember, it's not the quantity of your paper, it's the quality. If you try to bull your way through a paper by adding huge terms you do understand just to reach the paper's required length you will most certainly fail. If you show you know what you're talking about but just missed the requirement then your instructor will most likely help you get an A. Unless you instructor is an idiot and only cares about length.
Apr 24 2008, 6:52 pm (Edited on Apr 24 2008, 7:44 pm)