Project #29454 - Rhetorical Analysis

Rhetorical Analysis (Essay #1)

Length: 3-4 pages (though it may be longer) plus a separate Works Cited page
Purpose: To analyze the rhetorical methods and rhetorical situation of two articles and come to a determination of effectiveness; to compare and contrast the authors' use of method and situation; to use and cite sources according to MLA style.
Audience: Your instructor and classmates (an academic audience)
Format: See "Final Draft Requirements" on Blackboard.
Other Requirements: You must quote, summarize, and/or paraphrase from each article at least once; other sources may be used as well if they establish context or provide pertinent background information on the author—but they must be credible sources!

Directions:

1.     Read and review the following articles

a.     Malcolm Gladwell's "Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted"

b.     Nicholas Carr's "Is Google Making Us Stupid?"

c.     William F. Buckley's "Why Don't We Complain?"

d.     Barbara Ehrenreich's "Serving in Florida"

2.     Choose two articles from the four listed. Write a unified, cohesive rhetorical analysis of the articles, comparing and contrasting the different rhetorical methods (ethos, logos, pathos) used.  Your analysis should also address the situation—i.e., the context, purpose, angle of vision, and intended audience—of each article, and how those elements compare/contrast.

a.     Do not compare and contrast the content, but the rhetorical method and situation.

b.     Do not shy away from inter-textuality. It is your friend. But do remember to show the connections by using transitional words/phrases such as "similarly," "contrastingly," "in addition" etc.

c.     Do not forget to include any visuals attached to the articles in your analysis.

3.     Write an introductory paragraph that hooks the reader (narrative, description, trivia, quote, etc). Each body paragraph should have a topic sentence, supporting detail, and transitional sentences to provide unity. Write a concluding paragraph using one of the methods discussed in class.

4.     The thesis must be the last sentence of the introductory paragraph and it must provide your assessment on the rhetorical effectiveness of the articles/authors.

a.     Example: Although Kenneth Anderson's use of pathos is persuasive and his tone is appropriate for his intended audience, Louise Stimick has a better grasp of pathos and also integrates logos, making her argument much more poignant.

5.     Create a Works Cited page with documentation of all outside sources used.

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 05/01/2014 12:00 am
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