Making Rhetorical Connections across Texts
The chart and the questions below are intended to help students compare rhetorical elements across genres.
Step 1: With your group members, complete the chart below. Start by selecting one rhetorical element that you will compare across genres.
|Key concepts||Jeff Lemire
The Underwater Welder
The Man at the River
|Where in the text does this
rhetorical element appear (be as specific as possible)?
|Key concepts appear everywhere in the story and in every story such as memory, time, and ocean. Most common theme is the memory when Jack lost his father before 20 years and he couldn’t let go of him, as he always went diving in the ocean and as he said that he could see a ghost (his father) to talk and see him.||Even in this personal essay has a lot of themes, such as, culture, friendship, hospitality and more. One of the most common themes is culture which shows the difference between two the American and the Sudanese which the Sudanese friend insists to the American to cross the river.|
|Directly Stated or Implied (explicit or implicit)?
Does it appear more than once?
|Its neither implied nor directly stated. It’s does shows more than one time to explain for the reader about the key concept of the story||Also, Its neither implied nor directly stated. It’s does shows more than one time to explain for the reader about the key concept of the story|
|What specific techniques or language clues does the author use to express this rhetorical element? (storytelling, specific language, dialogue, real/imaginary events, etc.)||There is specific techniques and language clues that the author express memory and time. Time was expressed when Jack lost his father before 20 years and memory shows also he can’t get over his father that died in 20 years ago while diving, so Jack went diving searching for his father and he kept contacting with a ghost (his father) In the ocean.||There is specific techniques and language clues that the author express culture and hospitality. Where in the essay both of the American and the suddenness had different cultures where the American respected the Sudanese when he talked about his culture and how badly he wanted him to cross the river.|
|Find an example from the text that shows one of the methods or techniques you listed above. Copy and paste it into this row.||” I have to admit, the last time I saw the ocean …” (page 82)||“its time”
Step 2: Look at the chart above, and discuss the following questions:
- What are some differences you notice between the way the academic text and the other texts you’ve chosen present the rhetorical element?
- What are some similarities between the way the academic text and the other texts you’ve chosen present the rhetorical element?
- Why might these similarities and differences exist? What do these similarities or differences tell us about writing a graphic novel vs. an essay?