Thursday, July 17, 2008

Topic: Rhetoric in the Real World

10-Second Review: A method for teaching rhetoric and identifying it in the students’ real world.

Title: “Stressing Figures of Speech in Freshman Composition.” Bonnie Dover. College Composition and Communication (February 1988), 67-69. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Summary: Author directly taught specific figures of speech in class:

metaphor, simile and personification.

antithesis, alliteration and antimetabole (repetition of words in reverse order).


anaphora; epistrophe (repetition at the beginning or the end of successive sentences or
clauses, respectively); and anadiplosis (the last word of a sentence is repeated at the beginning of the next sentence or clause.)

Asked students to collect examples of as many as possible in the real world of speaking, including popular songs; use proper citation; provide their own example of the rhetorical figures.

Comment: Sounds interesting. RayS.

The purpose of this blog is to summarize articles on teaching English/language arts, from kindergarten through college, published in English education journals from the past.

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