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  • Perfect Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Prestwick House, Inc. (December 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580497659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580497657
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
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By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on August 12, 2013
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As a teacher and tutor, I find this paperback title "Rhetorical Devices" to be an indispensable tool in helping my students become better writers. It has also been a great aid for students taking AP English class. This compact book contains chapters devoted to each of the 33 rhetorical devices, with definitions and examples of each as well as practice exercises. The practice exercises range from fairly simple ones requiring students to write sentences reflecting a certain rhetorical device while other exercises are a bit more complex, involving analysis of said rhetorical devices in passages.

The content includes:
Popular Rhetorical Devices: Strategy
Hyperbole
Understatement
Litotes
Antithesis
Hypophora
Rhetorical Question
Procatalepsis
Distinctio
Simile
Metaphor
Analogy
Allusion
Eponym
Sententia
Exemplum

Popular Rhetorical Devices: Organization
Climax
Parallelism/ Chiasmus
Anadiplosis/ Conduplicatio
Metabasis
Parenthesis
Apostrophe
Enumeratio
Antanagogue

Popular Rhetorical Devices: Style
Epithet
Asyndeton/ Polysyndeton
Zeugma
Synecdoche/ Metonymy
Hyperbaton

Popular Rhetorical Devices: Analysis of Reading
Aporia
Anaphora/ Epistrophe/ Symploce
Amplification
Personification
Parataxis

All in all, this is a great tool for helping a student of English hone his or her writing craft and also as an AP English supplementary tool.
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This book is just what I was looking for when it comes to teaching rhetoric in my AP English Language classes. I wish my district had the money to buy at least a class set for my classroom. Rhetoric is a struggle for some students. The activities in this book will be just perfect for those students. I am expecting to see a great improvement in my scores on the student's rhetorical analysis essays this next school year.
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This is a must-study book for high school and freshmen students, including newbie writers wishing to brush up their rhetorical skills. The 33 devices in this book are explained, illustrated with examples and end with mind-stretching exercises.
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I teach 7th and 8th grade Humanities and introduced these books to my students last spring. The very specific strategies helped my students improve their essays almost immediately and because the exercises in the book are brief, "Write hyperbolic statement about how boring your neighborhood is." The kids didn't balk at them at all. In fact they actually thanked me for the books, and asked me if they could work ahead! (I'm not promising that will be a typical response.....)But they really did respond well to them and I'm using the books again this fall.
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This works great for explanations as well as examples to mirror your assignments after. Students really understand this format of the information and use it. A great resource for any high school teacher, especially if you are trying to show students the relationship between devices and the affect on the meaning and the reader.
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This book taught me more about Rhetoric than I would have expected and also made me think. It is intelligently written, interesting and has great exercises that really drive the points home.
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Most impressive about this book on rhetorical devices is simply the explanations of the various rhetorical terms and how they can be used as a part of your writing. This book covers over thirty rhetorical strategies, gives an overview and definition as to what the term is and how it is used for effect, and then has exercises that can be used to practice this writing technique. Most of this book is very informative and helpful; if you are in any kind of AP Language class these explanations for the terms can be invaluable and help you with understanding not only what the term is, but why it is important to use. The book gives advice that will help a student with their craft of writing, helping them to add some variety to their essays, stories, or papers, and give them the confidence to write more effectively. The only knock against the book is that a few of the exercises weren't very helpful, and didn't have much direction. However, for each device you are given three or four exercises to practice, so chances are you will find one that will help you be more familiar with that technique. One of the great aspects of this book is that anyone can benefit from this practice. So, this book serves two use purposes: it helps you break out of the funk of ordinary writing and improve your technique. It also helps you learn rhetorical terms, and be able to identify how they are used in speeches, stories, and other passages, and understand their power and usefulness. In total, this is a practical and helpful book for students and instructors alike.
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The book cuts to the chase. It explains the rhetorical devices with a plethora of examples. Strongly recommend to teachers, students and writers.
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