- Identify PURPOSE early and clearly.
- Describe TONE using adjectives (usually relating to emotion: how much and what sort).
- Give examples, but link them clearly to a specific rhetorical strategy.
- Analyze, don't evaluate.
- Don't just summarize--connect the dots!
Remember that the task is to identify what rhetorical strategies are being used to create what effects in readers (often through TONE), and to explain how they support the purpose.