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ENG1100 Final: ENG Final Exams Notes

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ENG 1100
Lia Marie Talia
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ENG Final Exam Notes
Reading An Essay
Evaluate the essay’s rhetorical strategies; select those devices that are central to the text’s focus
and development, and conveying your findings in a cohesive reading that focuses on a few related
elements. Try to identify the techniques that the author has chosen and show your audience how
they contribute to the essay’s purpose and effectiveness.
Consider the strategies an author uses to achieve a particular effect (tone, mood, voice)
Consider the title & the date of publication, which may refer to the particular context of the piece.
Pay attention to diction, syntax, audience and tone.
Pay attention to figurative language and how it underscore’s meaning.
Things To Consider About Thesis Of Essay
Expressive: to create a mood, describe a setting, or tell a story, trying to make the audience feel
immediately involved with the images of a story, often eliciting an emotional response.
Expository: gives the audience information about a subject or a process; it exposes the audience
to new information
Augmentation: attempts to convince the audience of the author’s point of view on an issue
Questions To Consider While Reading
Most essays combine these aims, but one often predominates.
o What kind of appeals is the author using, to logos, ethos, or pathos? What are the effects of
these appeals?
o Is the essay effective in achieving its purpose?
o How is the essay organized and what methods of development does it use?
When you are preparing to write an analysis, you have to determine what rhetorical strategies are
central to your reading of the text. Write down your answers to a general analysis and then once
you think that you have understood the essay and identified its strategies, you can decide what
you want to focus on in your own writing.
When Writing Your Essay
The strategies you choose to analyze should support your own interpretation of the text; your
essay should offer a cohesive reading, pointing out overall patterns rather than simply listing and
providing examples of various strategies.
Once you have identified the test’s rhetorical devices, you must show how those devices work to
underscore the author’s thesis and to influence the audience.
You will not be able to discuss, in one analysis, all of the essay’s strategies. Choose  or  strategies
that are central to your understanding of the piece and focus your analysis on those.
Be sure that your point of view is distinct from that of the author’s.
Use an argumentative approach, meaning you provide evidence and examples from the text you
are analyzing to support your claims about the text, recognizing that your purpose in writing an
analysis is to convince your audience using evidence from the text, that they should consider your
insights into the text and in their evaluation of it.
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