Loading presentation...

Present Remotely

Send the link below via email or IM


Present to your audience

Start remote presentation

  • Invited audience members will follow you as you navigate and present
  • People invited to a presentation do not need a Prezi account
  • This link expires 10 minutes after you close the presentation
  • A maximum of 30 users can follow your presentation
  • Learn more about this feature in our knowledge base article

Do you really want to delete this prezi?

Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again.


Copy of T.R.A.P.S.

Rhetorical Analysis of a Writing Prompt

Debra Kendall

on 28 October 2014

Comments (0)

Please log in to add your comment.

Report abuse

Transcript of Copy of T.R.A.P.S.

You can avoid the TRAPS
of a writing prompt!

Central Claim
What is the topic/
central claim called
for in the prompt?
Do I have choices to make
with regard to this topic
or claim?
Will I need to focus the topic
or claim in order to write a
good essay?
What arguments can I
make for this topic?
What do I know about this topic?
What is my role as
the writer in achieving
the purpose?
Have I been assigned
a specific role?
What if no specific role is assigned?
What does the prompt
tell me about:
the level of expertise I should demonstrate
the approach I should take?
the stance I should assume
Who is the
intended audience?
What do I know
about this audience?
If the audience is not identified, what can I infer about it?
How might the expectations of this audience
affect my choices as a writer?
What is the purpose or mode for the writing task?
Is the purpose stated or must it be inferred?
What is the writing supposed to accomplish?
What does the goal suggest about the mode or combination of modes I should use?
What strategies will be most effective?
What does the purpose or mode suggest about possible strategies?
Compare & Contrast
Cause & Effect
What strategies will be most effective?
Are there any strategies that are specified as required?
Note that an argument rests on a claim, though some prompts specify a particular topic on which the claim needs to be based.
The purpose designated by the prompt--to explain, to describe, to argue, and so on--will usually dictate the mode of writing to be used.
Full transcript