Rhetorical Analysis Writing Assignment
Specific Learning Objectives
By completing this assignment, you will
practice identifying some of the different rhetorical appeals that authors can
use to address an intended audience. You will use your impressions to
understand how and why the authors might address an audience in a particularly
interesting or strange way.This connects back to our larger goals for this
course. In this assignment alone, you will be:
Ø exploring and strategically examine
the principles of rhetoric and composition (e.g. audience, purpose, appeals,
etc.) for the texts you analyze and for your own text;
Ø you will use invention tactics such
as brainstorming and outlining as well as two scholarly articles or one
scholarly article and one TEDx talk, to develop analytical points; and finally,
Ø you will be reflecting on the
composition practices of the text’s creator all with the goal of enhancing your
critical thinking, reading, and writing both in and outside of the classroom.
Instructions: Using all
brainstormed ideas, construct your rhetorical analysis draft. Be sure that you
have answered all questions from the brainstorming. One exception might be “representation.”Do
include it in your analysis if it applies to the sources you are analyzing.
Here are some suggestions on how to draft your rhetorical analysis paper. Keep
in mind --- rhetorical analyses can be structured differently.
on one organizational structure. There are two basic ways to organize the body
of your draft and either is fine. Just be sure that your organization is
consistent throughout the draft.
in text-by-text, you discuss all of A (source 1), then all
of B (source 2).
you alternate points about A (source 1) with points about B (source 2).
highly recommendthat you outline your ideas per the organizational structure
you have determined to work best for you to produce ideas and write. Outlining
is a great way to explore and discover this and to show the order in which your
ideas will appear in the draft.
you have an idea of how you will structure your ideas, begin drafting, starting
with one section. For instance, if you start with the introduction, summarizeor provide a brief overview of both
texts since we have not read them. We will need this background as readers, to
understand your analysis. Then, formulate your thesis statement. For this
paper, the thesis statement should be the last sentence in the intro. and like
the paper, it should be analytical.
the first body paragraph, begin your analysis by identifyingone rhetorical aspect in the topic
sentence. Go to your brainstorming and use your responses about a rhetorical
aspect to help you construct a paragraph. For each rhetorical aspect, be
prepared to show evidence from the text of what you say. Interpretwhat the source says
and share your impression of how source evidence shows how the writer is trying
to influence an audience.
by referring back to your thesis statement, bysummarizing your findings, and bycritiquingthe effectiveness and/or
ineffectiveness of both sources.
both sources on a separate Works Cited page that is formatted per MLA
guidelines. If you need help with this, check out, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rXoM4eW7_4
maximum word count for this paper is 1500 words which equates to about 4 pages
to review the grade rubric for the revised paper during the week of March 3. I
encourage you to not only read it to understand how you will be graded but also
as a checklist to insure you have included all paper requirements.