7 Rhetorical Modes (Modes of Discourse)

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Product Description

Students must learn to write in and analyze all the rhetorical modes. These types of writing are often broken down into argumentation and persuasion, narration, description, and exposition. Exposition breaks even further down into five more "sub modes."

This resource expands on the seven modes outside of argumentation and persuasion. For more help teaching students to write solid arguments and persuasive pieces, take a look at Argumentation & Persuasion: A Complete Unit (PDF and Google Slides).

Want a free eight-page sampler of this resource? Shoot me your email address, and you’ll get the entire set of materials for the descriptive mode.

The following modes are addressed in this resource:




Process Analysis

Extended Definition


Classification and Division

Materials for each mode include the following:

a two-page student handout

a list of prompts

a graphic organizer

a rubric with points assigned

a rubric with no points assigned

an annotated, diverse list of suggested models

a tips sheet for analysis of pieces written in the specified mode

All materials are provided in both PDF and Google Slides. On Google Slides, graphic organizers and rubrics include text boxes for input.


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Total Pages
58 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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