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Literate people demonstrate rhetorical command—the ability to achieve complex social or emotional aims by communication directed at a target audience using written expression. It requires engagement with both the purpose one intends to achieve and the audience and social situation in which one must act.

Rhetorical command requires knowledge of a wide range of written genres and common literacy social practices, and it constitutes the ability to utilize this knowledge to create documents that achieve the writer’s purpose, including maintaining a voice and tone appropriate to that purpose. People can use a variety of reflective strategies to help achieve rhetorical command. In particular, examine the second column in the table of social reasoning strategies.




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