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Identify at least one “move” in each of the essays you read today. To identify a “move” you will first need to decide what the author’s purpose or project is in this essay. Does she have “an axe to grind” (a side of a question/issue she wants to defend)? Is she after describing –bringing us up close to–something that mostly escapes notice? Is she explaining a process of some sort? Is she trying to convince us of the value of something? Is she countering a cultural norm or commonplace idea?
Once you have a sense of what an author’s is trying to achieve, then you can better see how she makes some “moves” to achieve that goal. In other words, how is this author crafting a particular device–perhaps an ethos, or a pathos, or a bit of logical maneuvering: Logos)–that helps her achieve her purpose?
Read Chew-Bose Chapters Too much and not in the mood 2, 3, and 4.
Read: this overview of Greek rhetoricians on style and this overview of their take specifically on the middle style (which most essays fall roughly into) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_style_(rhetoric)
Read the pfs (below) on style
Read Studying Sentences in Chew-Bose (below)