Over the next few weeks you will be focusing on mastering the different modes of writing. These are:

  • Classification and Division
  • Cause and Effect
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Process Analysis
  • Narrative
  • Description
  • Exemplification

The purpose for learning these modes is two-fold:

  1. When conducting your readings for this course, you will be able to identify when an author uses one, or a combination of, the modes above. This will allow you to conduct a more thorough analysis of their rhetoric and how they use style and structure to effectively achieve their purpose.
  2. When writing your own essays, you will be able to use or adopt elements of these modes of writing to more effectively achieve your own purpose.

In part one of the activity, you will need to learn about your assigned mode of writing.

In your packet you have been provided a short definition and overview of your mode, as well as three example essays written in the style of your mode. One of these essays is a student sample, and the other two are from formal publications.  There are two assignments you must complete at this point:

  1. Write a rhetorical precis for the two formal essays in your packet. Remember, this should only be a paragraph long.
  2. Teach your classmates about your mode of writing, and walk them through how they would write an essay in that style.
    1. If needed, conduct research and gather examples in order to teach your classmate how to write in the style of your mode.
    2. Let me know which essay you would like to use as an example, or share a new example you find or create so I can print it for your classmates.
    3. Use any technology, samples, or presentations tools you need to teach your peers. Remember, they WILL have to write an essay using the information you provide them!
    4. You presentation cannot be shorter than 5 minutes, but can be as long as 30 if you need it.

In part two of the activity, you will practice writing in each of the modes of writing you learned in part one.

You will be assigned a topic, and for each topic you must write six essays, one in each of the styles. Your topic will be pop-culture, and your prompt is: How is pop-culture a reflection of our current society? Please see the image below for an example of how you should address this prompt in each of the modes essay your must write.

In part three you will collect all of your classmates’ essays written in your mode, review and rank them. The steps for part three of this assignment include:

  1. As a group, you will read and review each essay, providing feedback to your classmates and assigning them a grade based on the College Board AP Rubric.
  2. Rank the essay you have graded, selecting the highest, lowest and best example of ‘average’ from the group.
  3. Be able to explain and provide justification during whole group discussion with the rest of class as to why you ranked these examples in this order. Give specific feedback on why the essays did or did not meet the requirements and expectations for your mode of writing and the level of finesse needed for AP essays.

Click here to access the rubric you will use to assess your classmates’ writing.

In part four, you will choose two of your essays to revise and resubmit for grading.