Rhetorical Analysis Brainstorming Assignment
When you read texts
or watch a video such as a TEDx, you must consider whatauthors say to form a basic
understanding. When you analyze texts, you primarily examinehowwriters
make their points andtheir purpose or “why” for doing so. You can expect
to do the latter which requires critical thinking, reading, and writing as well
as patience with the process.
You are to:
of work that present opposing arguments. Those pieces can either be a.) two scholarly
articles from the KSU library orb.) one scholarly article and one
TEDx. Just be sure that the two works directly relate to and argue your approved
research question and thesis statement.
you have learned about analyzing. (e.g. summary, identification, interpretation,
and critique) How am I to apply summary, identification,
interpretation, and critique?For both pieces, you are to:
aspects below using the questions providedand point to
evidence from the text(s) and/or TEDx to prove the validity of what you say:
What are the writers main claims of argument in each text?What reasons do the
texts provide to support the main claim or thesis?
(logos, ethos, Kairos, and pathos) --- What rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos,
logos, kairos) are at work in this text? Do the texts appeal to people’s
emotions? Do they appeal to reason? How? Through images, certain words,
visuals, style, tone? Do the texts attempt to strengthen the
position/credibility (ethos) of the speaker (company, organization)? How? Who
are the speakers/writers? How does their identity affect how they write? Do the
texts refer to a specific event/time? Of what relevance is the time or time
period in which each text or video is constructed?
---Do the texts criticize, please, shock, argue,
advocate, call to action, entertain, advertise, conceal, divert from something?
Do they seem to embellish/distort/ignore certain things?
--- Who seems to be the audience, and how does the text relate to that
audience? Can you think of people that are excluded as an audience?
(if applicable) -- How do the texts represent people with respect to social
class, race, or gender? If people are not represented at all, how do you see
representation at work in both texts?What can we learn about our culture(s)
from this text? What ideas does it confirm/ contradict?
evidence you point to
the authors deliver their effectiveand/or ineffective message