This document is designed to help give students a succinct and purposeful list of purposeful verbs to use—rather than the word “use” or its more eloquent synonyms—while completing rhetorical analysis assignments. It is governed by the philosophy that if students can either identify the rhetorical mode or the element of classical argument structure that is exhibited in the text at hand, then they won’t have to overthink identifying the rhetorical strategy because they will have a “go-to” word that clearly delineates what the author is doing. Remember: Devices are nouns, and strategies are ACTION VERBS (that are not related to the word “uses”). There is also a chart at the bottom of the page that matches commonly used rhetorical modes with elements of classical argumentative structure. Great for use in a Pre-AP and Advanced Placement English Language and Composition classroom.