Wednesday, December 22, 2010

FAQs for Rhetorical Devices PowerPoint

What is this product?

This is a part of our growing Prestwick House Power Presentation line, providing a quick and easy introduction to the rhetorical devices covered in our bestselling Rhetorical Devices: A Handbook and Exercises for Student Writers.

So, it’s merely a distillation of the material in the book?

Not at all. While each of the 33 devices in the book is defined and illustrated in this presentation, this presentation is heavier on the examples and lighter on the definition. This allows your students to arrive inductively at their own understanding of what the device is and how it works.

Does this presentation provide an in-depth understanding of the devices, or does it stay essentially on the introductory level?

This presentation is designed to provide an introduction and overview of each of the 33 most common rhetorical devices.

How long does the presentation take?

Because this is a PowerPoint presentation (and not a filmstrip or videotape), there is no predetermined “length” to the presentation. In fact, you could look at it as 33 individual presentations in a single package.

So how long does each individual presentation take?

Again, this PowerPoint presentation is designed to be flexible and to meet your needs. Each individual device’s presentation averages 10 slides, and you can show the slides as quickly or as slowly as you choose. You are in complete control.

Do I have to show the presentation in any particular order?

No. The devices are listed in alphabetical order on the Table of Contents slides, but all you need to do is CLICK on the device you want, and you will be jumped to the first page of that presentation.

Can I return to the Table of Contents whenever I want?

Yes. Every page will contain a link back to the table of contents.

Can I jump to other devices even while I’m in another device’s presentation?

Yes. You can return to the Table of Contents and then jump to another presentation; or, whenever the name of another device appears in a presentation, you can CLICK on that term and be jumped to that other presentation.

Toward what grade level(s) is this product geared?

Depending on your school or district’s curriculum and your students’ needs, this introduction to the 33 most common rhetorical devices is appropriate for grades seven and up.

Are there exercises to accompany this presentation? Are there tests?

A rhetorical devices Test Pack—to accompany either this PowerPoint, the book, or both—is available. There are no exercises included with this PowerPoint, but the book Rhetorical Devices: A Handbook and Exercises for Student Writers does contain exercises.

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