Rhetorical Terms/Concepts, and Main Arguments

Logos, Isabella Grana

Logos is the key to persuasive and effective communication.


Logic, Mica Gilberti

There is no correct way to employ or teach logic.


Ethos, Caroline Bailey

The credibility behind an argument lies within the moral character, virtues, and experience of the speaker.


Ethos, Sammy Clark

Ethos is a pervasive concept that drives characterization and identification.


Ethos, Lily Harding-Delooze

Ethos enables a speaker to demonstrate their knowledge and believability.


Ethos, Ja’Corey Johns

An argument that is meant to appeal to an audience’s ethics or ethical responsibilities.


Ethos, Atorian Perry

Ethos is important to demonstrate expertise, build a reputation, and to gain respect from others.


Pathos, Amy Harding-Delooze

In today’s age of mass media, pathos is the most effective mode of persuasion.


Pathos, Tayte Dupree

Pathos is very powerful when used by a speaker to address a desperate audience.


Pathos, Katherine Kaye

Journalists and news anchors intentionally evoke emotions from their audience as a means to be more persuasive.


Pathos, Alex Murphey

The power of pathos resides in humankind’s unpredictable way of behaving.


Pathos, Alex Fitpatrick

Modern day society is filled with pathos.


Pathos, Omar Hernandez

Do what is best for you before relying on someone else’s opinion.


Pathos, Molly Olson

Fear appeals in campaigns and advertisements are effective in changing consumers’ behaviors.


Pathos, Sandra Wang

Politicians draw attention and appeals from citizens through the application of pathos.


Pathos, Tiffany Wang

Pathos is an effective rhetorical strategy to use in order for politicians to win political campaigns.


Kairos, Kenton Bachmann

The inopportune often creates the best opportunity for positive change.


Kairos, Rachel Singleton

Kairos is imperative because it creates context and urgency.



Kairos applies to every day, even our political leaders.


Deliberative Rhetoric, Mannat Rakkar

Trust and Ethos, Logos, and Pathos allow educators to become rhetors.


Epideictic Rhetoric, Rory Britt

Donald Trump’s ceremonial political oratory exemplifies what is and is not epideictic rhetoric.


Memory/Collective Memory, Morgan Milhollen

Music can serve as a producer of collective memory


Style, Eliza Jane Stamey

The subjectivity of style allows individuals to express their uniqueness


Confidence, Royce Francis

With the absence of confidence, communication is impossible.


Confidence, Drew Kendall

Confidence in ourselves is a powerful asset that benefits us greatly.


Adaptability, Grant Brown

A person or company’s adaptability determines their success.


Jazz, Emily LaFar

Jazz shares stories and emotions that cultivate conversations and connections.


Humor, Bailey Hartfield

Humor is a rhetorical tool that can elevate one’s life.


Normal, Abbey Krueger

Normal is a societally situated term that creates exclusivity.


Reality, Matt Albren

‘Right’ can be ‘wrong’ and ‘wrong’ can be ‘right’ at the same time.


Rhetorical Situation, Cameron Hite

Using personal connection helps understand the rhetorical situation.


Dramatism, Will Ziff

One can learn about their own lives by using Dramatism.


Storytelling, Grace Evanstad

Storytelling is an innate gift and educators must embrace it.


Purpose, Imogen Blackburn

Despite the covid-19 impact on Purpose, it is an ever-shifting experience that can be reconfigured with the flow of life.


Purpose, Kelly McCormick

Purpose helps us better understand ourselves and communicate with others


Connection, Madison Borsellino

Human-beings adapt concepts that are necessary for survival including connection.


Ideology, Catherine Diemer

The use of a two party system has caused overconformity that confuses citizens’ political ideologies with an identity.


Work, Jordan Houston

Labor rhetoric is a multifaceted, inescapable aspect of our lives.


Revolution, Kaylah Cook

Black Americans deserve the same revolution that established America.


Critical Race Theory, Blaise Gardineer

Rhetoric influences the world around us, as evidenced by black experiences.


Cult, Elizabeth Marr

Academics need to examine how cult leaders persuade desperate followers.


Hermeneutics, Anthony D’Angelo

By allowing an analysis of interpretation, hermeneutics can be used  in rhetorical practices.


Juxtaposition, Kelly Reichert

Rhetorical juxtapositions present dissimilarities and less explicit commonalities of information.


Hyperbole, Brendan Tinsman

Hyperbole is one of the most effective ways to convey emotion.


Mask, Anna Lawrence

The mask, despite its variety of historical contexts, has become a visual and rhetorical symbol for pandemic life in 2020 and offers a tangible way to understand, appreciate, and relate to the challenges of the pandemic.


Identity, Georgia Evans

Personal identity is found through the various rhetoric of people and places in our everyday lives. In order to find our own sense of identity we need both to be able to relate to others whilst also distinguishing ourselves from others.


Identity, Braxton McNulty

Identity is transformational based on the specific setting.


Gender, Anna DeCarlucci

Identifying vs. being something may work against non-binary ambitions of gender.


Feminism, Lucy Rice

Society must reconceptualize the word “feminism” to fit a broader definition than the “one size fits all.”


Feminism, Anna Lummus

Feminism means the equality of men and women. The negative connotation surrounding this term must be erased.


Ghosting, Kiya Norman

Ghosting is a bad rhetorical strategy because it causes negative psychological changes, emotional shifts, and uncertainty.


Tabula Rasa, Jack Talton

“Tabula rasa” can give hope and motivation to developing children.


Cancel Culture, Alex Herne

Cancel culture risks destructive effects because it removes conversation.


Fake News, Matt Wolpe

Fake news is used primarily as a rhetorical device.


Tribalism, Chase Woods

Tribalism is the default setting for passing judgement when we cannot get to know someone.


Gratitude, Dionne Highley

Gratitude is a positive feeling that everyone should practice everyday.


Love, Anna Campana

Everyone is surrounded by love in some form. I have found love through playing tennis.


Light, Megan Waterston

Compassionate people change other’s lives in beautiful and brilliant ways.


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