Rhetorical Analysis

Essay Assignment

Assignment:

A rhetorical analysis evaluates the rhetorical strategies and effectiveness of an argument.

For this assignment, choose one of the sources that you have found as you have researched your topic. Ideally, you located this source for your prewriting assignment, and you can build on that information here. Remember, this should be a source that is actually making an argument.  For that one source, write a rhetorical analysis.

 

In this paper, you should be quoting and citing the text as evidence for your claims about the author’s argument. You want the majority of the paragraph to be your own ideas, however, so the quotes should be there to support you.  They should not take over your paragraphs. Avoid using long quotes.

 

Remember that when you quote a source, you should never just drop the quote into the text.  You should always introduce the quote by telling where the quote came from or putting it into context.  Then give the quote and in-text citation.  Finally, explain how that quote speaks to the point that you’re trying to make.  For more information on how to correctly incorporate quotes into your paper, refer to your textbook, the OWL Purdue website, and the incorporating quotes resources provided when you were working on your Annotated Bibliography.  Keep in mind that some of these examples may use MLA format instead of APA, so when you actually quote and cite for your paper, make sure to use APA.

 

General Requirements:

  • 3-5 pages (this does NOT include the title page or reference page)
  • Typed, double spaced, 12 font, Times New Roman, Correct APA format throughout
  • Title page and a Reference Page in APA format
  • Written using only third person
  • Clear topic sentences and concluding sentences for all body paragraphs
  • Sufficient evidence for claims and analysis of that evidence in each paragraph
  • No contractions, grammar errors, or punctuation errors
  • Academic style and tone
  • Effective transitions and incorporated quotations that have correct APA in-text citations
  • Includes content requirements and uses organizational pattern in the outline on the following pages

Required Content & Organization:

Each of the numbers below should be a separate paragraph in the essay.  Your essay should have six paragraphs.

  1. Introduction to the topic/problem itself (larger conversation)
    1. Cite 1-2 sources (not the one you are analyzing for the essay) to help introduce the problem to your reader.
    2. Ideally, this is the source(s) from Step 5 in your prewriting worksheet.
    3. Do not mention your rhetorical analysis source in this section

Paragraphs 2-6 should be about the one source you have chosen to analyze for the essay.

  1. Summary of the source and discussion of context
    1. Use the same style of opening sentence you practiced for the summary paragraphs in the Annotated Bibliography, including the author, title of source, genre, and main idea.
    2. Use the information from Step 3 in the prewriting worksheet to formulate a well-developed paragraph that summarizes the source and analyzes the context.
    3. This section is for summary and reporting contextual information only.
  • Save your analysis of the appeals for the remaining paragraphs.
  • Do not include your own opinion on the topic itself. This should be objective reporting and analysis.
    1. Close this paragraph with your thesis that states whether or not the author has an effective argument and why. The thesis should be the last sentence of this paragraph.
  1. Analysis of Ethos (from prewriting Step 4)
    1. Begin with a topic sentence that clearly shows the paragraph will be about the author’s ethos.
    2. Cite at least one outside source that provides biographical information on your author. If your author is a corporation/organization, cite an outside source that demonstrates the credibility of the organization.
    3. Also cite evidence from the source itself that demonstrates the ethos (or lack of ethos) of the author/source.
    4. You should use the “quote sandwich” method when adding quotes:
  • State your claim that supports the topic sentence
  • Include a sentence with an integrated quote as “evidence” for your claim
  • Follow that with a sentence that explains how the quote relates to the claim
    1. Close the paragraph with a concluding sentence that states the overall evaluation (was it effective or not?) of the source’s ethos.

 

  1. Analysis of Pathos (from prewriting Step 4)
    1. Begin with a topic sentence that clearly shows the paragraph will be about the source’s use of pathos.
    2. Cite evidence from the source itself that demonstrates the pathos (or lack of pathos) in the source.
    3. You should use the “quote sandwich” method when adding quotes:
  • State your claim that supports the topic sentence.
  • Include a sentence with an integrated quote as “evidence” for your claim.
  • Follow that with a sentence that explains how the quote relates to the claim.
    1. Close the paragraph with a concluding sentence that states the overall evaluation (was it effective or not?) of the source’s pathos.
  1. Analysis of Logos (from prewriting Step 4)
    1. Begin with a topic sentence that clearly shows the paragraph will be about the source’s use of logos.
    2. Cite evidence from the source itself that demonstrates the logos (or lack of logos) in the source.
    3. You should use the “quote sandwich” method when adding quotes:
  • State your claim that supports the topic sentence.
  • Include a sentence with an integrated quote as “evidence” for your claim.
  • Follow that with a sentence that explains how the quote relates to the claim.
    1. Close the paragraph with a concluding sentence that states the overall evaluation (was it effective or not?) of the source’s logos.
  1. Conclusion: Overall evaluation of the source’s effectiveness.
    1. Reiterate (in different words) your thesis about the source’s effectiveness.
    2. Other questions you might consider for the conclusion:
  • Is the argument presented in a way that furthers the author’s purpose?
  • Does the article clearly support its claim?
  • Does the author provide enough evidence?
  • Does the author use appropriate tone?
  • Were there any questions left unanswered?

 

 

 

Student Learning Outcomes Addressed in this Assignment:

SLO 1:  Apply principles of research-based academic writing to distinguish relevant from

irrelevant information and draw conclusions supported by facts.

SLO 3: Use credible evidence to support a position.

SLO 6: Use discipline-specific documentation styles, including in-text citations and properly

formatted Works Cited and Reference pages.

 

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