Rhetorical Modes - Creative Writing: Survival Stories
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By looking inwards and examining our basic needs and fears of survival, we are going to create our own story using different rhetorical modes of writing. We will examine description, narration, process analysis, cause and effect, compare and contrast, and argument/persuasion. Students will use these modes creatively, while getting a better understanding of how to use these in different academic settings. Grammar will be focused on as well, looking mainly at the different types of phrases: appositives, infinitive, participial, and gerund phrases. The study of these phrases will help to vary syntax in a student's writing, as well as developing maturity as a writer and further defining their own voice and style. This unit's MYP Global Context is identities and relationships. With this in mind, our Inquiry questions are as follows: How does an understanding of the rhetorical modes and grammar help students write effective narratives? How does a writer use language devices (diction, imagery, symbolism, figurative language) for specific effects in short stories? How can we demonstrate our understanding of short stories through writing? With this unit comes one of our MYP assessments for the response to literature. Not only will students receive a letter grade in my class, they will also receive an MYP score that will be recorded and turned into IB.
Cause and Effect
Make sure to get notes from peers if you missed class. We did a diamante poem activity and had a worksheet for this mode as well. We discussed using a diamante poem as a prewriting strategy.
Compare and Contrast
Make sure you get notes from peers if you missed class. We focused on organizing a compare and contrast essay: subject by subject or feature by feature. We also discussed prewriting strategies, such as venn diagrams and the double bubble
You will need to get a copy of the logical fallacies exercise we do in class.