Writing Project #1: Rhetorical Analysis

Writing Project #1: Rhetorical Analysis

English 105

The objective of this assignment is to enable you to write a well-constructed rhetorical analysis that makes a claim regarding the rhetorical tools exhibited in a text. Your instructor will provide you with information on what specific text(s) you will use for your analysis.

In a rhetorical analysis, you need to focus on some of the following aspects:

  • Contextualize a piece of writing (author, audience, and purpose)
  • Identify the structure of a piece of writing (chronological, cause/effect problem/solution, topical, etc)
  • Identify the rhetorical appeals of a piece of writing (logos, ethos, pathos)

Your essay should include the following parts:

  • Introduction: this is where you introduce the text you will analyze and let your readers know what your standpoint on this text will be. Be sure to include an explicitly stated thesis.
  • Body:
    • Contextualize: who is the author, who is the audience, what is the purpose?
    • Identify the rhetorical appeals, and/or
    • Discuss the structure of the argument
    • Provide examples from the text that support your thesis
    • Remember to keep your analysis as objective and rational as possible
  • Conclusion: this is where you restate the claim you have made about the text and explain why your analysis supports that claim.

Length: 900-1500 words.

 

Possible topics for your essay:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/12/science/climate-study-predicts-huge-sea-level-rise-if-all-fossil-fuels-are-burned.html?action=click&contentCollection=science&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=0

 

 

 

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