English 12 Composition Terms


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emphasizes the contrast between two idea
Anecodotal Evidence
1)Evidence in the form of an anedote or hearsay is called anecodotal if there is doubt about its veracity
2)Evidence, which may itself be true and verifiable, used to deduce a conclusion which does not follow from it
Case Study
a study of an individual unit, as a person, family, or social group
Cause and Effect
the concept that an action or event will produce a certain response to the action in the form of another event
Climactic Order
arranging elements in a list from least important to most important
the primary intention of didactic art is not to entertain or to persue subjective goals, but to teach
an opinion piece written by the senior editorial staff or publisher of a newspaper or magazine
a substitution with an agreeable or less offensive expression in place of one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant to the reciever
Expert Testimony
when an expert witness or professional witness is an expert, who by virtue of education, training, skill, or experience, is believed to have expertise and specilalized knowledge in a perticular subject beyond that of the average person
Graphic Text
a text which meaning is conveyed through the use of images and text
an expression, word, or phrase that has figurative meaning that is comprehended in regard to a common use of that expression that is seperate from the literal meaning or definition of the words of which it is made
Literal Language
refers to words that do not deviate from their defined meaning
Objective (Language, Tone, etc.)
the presentation of information and ideas based on fact and precision
Persuasive Technique
writting that is used to persuade a reader either into a new way of thinking or into action
Pro and Con Argument
an argument based upon weighing the pros and cons of the possible outcome
Question and Answer
the process in writing in which questions are posed for the purpose of gaining information, and as a result, answers are supplied containing the information required
Rhetorical Quetion
a question asked solely to produce an effect or to make an assertion and not to elict a reply
the search for knowledge or any systematic invetigation to establish facts
Statistical Evidence
evidence given to support an argument that is founded based upon statistics from a reputable source
Stylistic Technique
the use of any variety of techniques to give an auxiliary meaning, idea, or feeling to the literal or written
Subjective (Laguage, Tone, etc.)
the presentation of information and ideas based upon analysis or personal opinion
a form of intellectual humor