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Discuss the rhetorical techniques—voicing, tone, imagery, symbolism, rhetorical appeals, etc.—that the authors of the two works use. Do they use similar rhetorical techniques?

  1. Determine the main theme of that essay.
  2. Go back through the assigned readings to find 1 short story or poem that you think deals with a similar theme. Be creative when figuring out shared themes—there may be some interesting ones that are not immediately obvious because of the difference in forms.
  3. Discuss the rhetorical techniques—voicing, tone, imagery, symbolism, rhetorical appeals, etc.—that the authors of the two works use. Do they use similar rhetorical techniques?
  4. How do the rhetorical techniques used and the form (essay, short fiction, or poetry) seem to affect the way the theme is addressed?

Please divide your posts into paragraphs for easier reading, and make sure to reference, paraphrase, or quote specific passages from the text to support and illustrate what you say.  In your responses to your classmates, choose discussions that focused on different essays than your assigned text.  Make sure to focus on the content of the post.  Do not merely compliment your classmate; add to the discussion.

Weekly Forum Post Requirements:

1. Make your initial post of 200-300 words

2. Refer directly to the literature and include at least one direct quote from the readings in order to support and illustrate your points; there is a 15 point penalty for the omission.

3. Include citations (with page numbers) with your post and a works cited listing for  any work you quote from or make a direct reference to (using MLA formatting); there is a 5 pt penalty for the omission.

4. Make up to five replies to classmates of 100 words or more by the end of the week, Sunday, at Midnight.

*To earn a higher grade on each week’s discussion, students are expected to post more frequently. To sum up: making three posts to classmates will earn a grade of a C (75). Four posts will earn a B (85), and five earn an A (100). Again, please check the rubric for details on this.

During the week, read the messages posted by your instructor and classmates and join the discussion. Your instructor may ask questions, provide explanations, and include links to other resources. Remember, the Forums are our place for classroom discussion.


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