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Rhetorical Situation Handout:

“Rhetoric is the art of observing in any given situation the available means of persuasion.”

Some terms to become familiar with over next few classes

* Opportunity for Change
The problem—the thing that tugs you into the conversation, inspires you to respond, to speak, write, etc.. The attitude, action, or opinion you want to change.

* Purpose
Ask yourself: What can I accomplish with rhetoric? How can I use words to respond effectively to this opportunity?

* Rhetorical Audience
Those persons who are capable of being influenced by your addition to the discourse, of being changed or influenced to bring about change.
Questions to consider: Who is your audience? What are they like? What opinions do they hold? What are their feelings about this opportunity to resolve a problem, to make a change? How will they react to your message?

* Fitting Response 1. Addresses the opportunity for change 2. Is appropriate in content, tone, and timing 3. Is delivered in an appropriate medium 4. Reaches, satisfies, and maybe even changes the actions, opinions, or attitudes of the intended audience

* Considerations for Composing a Fitting Response
Available means of persuasion:
The physical material used for delivering the information, the place from which the writer creates and sends the information . . .And (most importantly in this case) the elements of the presentation itself—persuasive strategies/rhetorical appeals, the use of evidence or authority, conventions of style, and the rhetorical methods of development.

* Rhetorical Appeals (briefly, we’ll be talking about these more next week, and coming back to them repeatedly throughout the course)
Ethos: The ethical appeal of the writer’s credibility
Logos: The logical appeal of a reasonable, well-supported…...

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