I was taught to make my thesis [author]uses pathos to invoke feelings of  and ethos to establish credibility, allowing them to do [thing]. Then, my devices would be in my topic sentences, and there i would explain how [device] aided [pathos/ethos] and how that aided the message of the author. Is this good or should I change it?
Hi! It is always helpful to consider how a writer/speaker creates different appeals in any given text. I think the most important thing for you to consider is if the appeals are truly important in shaping the message and purpose of the text that you’re analyzing. Ultimately, your response should explain the most important rhetorical choices the writer/speaker makes in the given text.
If you are comfortable with the structure that you’ve been taught and have practiced using this kind of essay construction, you should move into the exam with confidence! Good luck!