Category Archives: Writing tools (non-fiction)
Logos Ethos Pathos Definition Appeal to reason and logic Projection of the speaker or writer’s character or personal authority Appeal to emotions and values Case study Reasons why you can’t go You can’t go because I say so Weeping so … Continue reading
Thesis Statements To make thesis statements more obvious, consider the following: Thesis statements are always statements. While they often answer questions, they are not questions themselves. A thesis is a one-sentence summary answer to the question that leads to the … Continue reading
“’Rhetoric’ has come down to us today simply as high-flown, windy and empty talk. It had a completely different meaning to the Greeks. Rhetoric was a crucially important technical discovery of the way language actually works and can be manipulated: … Continue reading
The online writing lab at Purdue University summarizes the most important changes this way: No More Underlining! Underlining is no more. MLA now recommends italicizing titles of independently published works (books, periodicals, films, etc). No More URLs! While website entries … Continue reading
If you brainstorm by mind mapping consider bubbl.us. It’s free, something you can try without downloading, and fairly intuitive.
There are at least six ways of effectively linking evidence and claims. Richard Fulkerson’s Teaching the Argument in Writinghas a chapter devoted to them. They are argument for a Generalization, from Analogy and Sign, Causal arguments, and arguments from Authority … Continue reading