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Analysis of a Text Essay

Assignment Learning Outcomes (what you should be able to do after completing this assignment). The student will be able to:

  • Write an analysis of a reading that includes an identification of the rhetorical situation and the parts of argument

  • Write an essay with an effective introduction, body, and conclusion

  • Write cohesive paragraphs

  • Produce writing that has been edited and proofread

Overview of your Task:

Before you do anything else, make sure you have moved through the other activities in the Unit 2 module in our online classroom. The various activities earlier in Unit 2 will give you the foundation you need to be successful at this assignment.

Then, read through all and then choose one of the below readings. Choose whichever reading is the most interesting to you:

  • "Bring Manufacturing Back to the United States" by Lee Terry (Feb. 22. 2013, US News and World Report) http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2013/02/22/bring-manufacturing-back-to-the-united-states-

  • "Hollywood and PC History" by Fred Thompson (Feb. 2013, National Review)  http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/341517/hollywood-and-pc-history-fred-thompson

  • "On Vampire Capitalism and the Fear of Inoculation" by Eula Buss (Dec. 2012 Harper's) http://harpers.org/blog/2012/12/on-vampire-capitalism-and-the-fear-of-inoculation/

  • "Overwhelmed and Creeped Out" by Ann Friedman (Feb. 2013 The New Yorker) http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2013/02/dating-app-for-women-that-isnt-awful.html

Once you've chosen your reading, then read it multiple times while annotating and working to thoroughly understand it. Then, you will move on to write. You need to write a 4-5 page essay (double spaced) that analyzes your chosen article in all of the following ways:

  • Identify and explain the rhetorical situation surrounding your text (audience, tone, and purpose) – and provide examples from the text that demonstrate how you know.
  • Identify and explain the parts of an argument found in your text (claim, evidence, assumption, opposition, and qualifiers) – and provide examples from the text that demonstratehow you know.
  • Identify the types of evidence the author uses (logical, ethical, and emotional appeals) – and provide examples from the text that demonstrate how you know.
  • State whether or not you think the author accomplishes his/her purpose – and provide examples from the text that demonstrate how you know.
  • State whether or not you feel the author created an effective argument given the rhetorical situation – and provide examples from the text that demonstrate how you know.

NOTE:  Notice that you are not being asked to write your own argument about your own topic.  Instead, you’re being asked to analyze the argument made by another author (and you will use argument strategies to do it!)


Formatting and Submission:

For this assignment, please double-space, use 1" margins, and 12 point font. Save your file as a .doc or .docx or .rtf file type so it can easily be opened. You will need to upload your file to the drop-box marked "Analysis of a Text Drop-Box" found under the Unit 2 area of our class webpage. No late papers will be accepted.

Grading Criteria:

This assignment is worth a total of 100 points and breaks down like this (note that there is an interactive grading rubric in our online classroom that will be used, but it contains the below information -- to see the rubric, go to the Analysis drop-box in the Unit 2 folder):

·      Identify the rhetorical situation of the article which includes examples/evidence to support analysis including specific identification of: Audience, Tone/style/form/genre, and Purpose

·      Identify the parts of an argument in the chosen text and include examples/evidence to support analysis (includes identification of the  Claim – thesis, main point; Evidence – including logos, ethos, and pathos; Assumptions the author makes; Addressing the opposition; Qualifiers the author may use)

·      Identifies whether or not you feel the author created an effective argument for the rhetorical situation and accomplished his or her purpose by using examples to support your analysis. (Do not include your own opinion on the topic, only evaluate the writer's choices.)

·      Write an essay that has a clear introduction including the name of the author, text, date, and place of publication

·      Organize a cohesive essay where each paragraph clearly relates to the essay’s main idea

·      Organize cohesive paragraphs where each paragraph has its own clear function and uses the PIE paragraph structure

·      Organize among and between paragraphs by crafting clear transitions between sentences and paragraphs

·      Write an essay that has an effective conclusion

·      Choose language and vocabulary appropriate for an academic audience such as your instructor or your classmates

·      Write grammatically correct prose  Note: If this category is marked below “Average,” then the paper will not earn higher than a 2.0 grade

 

 

THIS IS THE GRADING CRITERIA

 

Analysis of a Text Assignment Rubric
Analysis of a Text Assignment Rubric
CriteriaRatingsPts
Essay has a clear introduction including the name of the author, text, date, and place of publication (in italics or quotation marks, as needed)
Essay has a clear introduction including the name of the author, text, date, and place of publication (in italics or quotation marks, as needed)
5 pts
Essay has a clear introduction, but is missing one or more of the required elements: name of the author, text, date, and place of publication (or info is there, but not formatted correctly)
3 pts
Essay has an unclear introduction, or is missing two or more of the required elements: author name, text, date, publisher
0 pts
5 pts
Essay identifies the rhetorical situation of the article (Audience, Tone, Purpose) and includes specific examples for each to illustrate the analysis
Essay thoroughly and effectively identifies the rhetorical situation of the article (Audience, Tone, Purpose) and includes specific examples for each to illustrate the analysis
20 pts
Essay identifies the rhetorical situation of the article (Audience, Tone, Purpose), but doesn't include enough specific examples to illustrate each
16 pts
Essay identifies two of the parts of rhetoric (Audience, Tone or Purpose) only, but illustrates with examples what is analyzed
15 pts
Essay identifies one of the parts of rhetoric only, and it illustrates it with examples
12 pts
Parts of rhetoric may be mentioned in passing, but there is no illustration or development
6 pts
Essay doesn't mention or analyze the rhetorical situation at all
0 pts
20 pts
Essay identifies the parts of an argument in the chosen text (includes Claim, Evidence (logos, ethos, and pathos), Assumptions, Addressing the Opposition, Qualifiers) and includes specific examples for each to illustrate the analysis
Essay identifies the parts of an argument in the chosen text (includes identifies Claim, Evidence (logos, ethos, and pathos), Assumptions, Addressing the Opposition, Qualifiers) and includes specific examples for each to illustrate the analysis
30 pts
Essay identifies the parts of an argument in the chosen text (includes identifies Claim, Evidence (logos, ethos, and pathos), Assumptions, Addressing the Opposition, Qualifiers) but doesn't include enough specific examples for each to illustrate the analysis
23 pts
Essay identifies most of the parts of an argument in the chosen text (includes identifies Claim, Evidence (logos, ethos, and pathos), Assumptions, Addressing the Opposition, Qualifiers) and includes specific examples for the ones covered to illustrate the analysis
19 pts
Essay identifies a few of the parts of an argument in the chosen text (includes identifies Claim, Evidence (logos, ethos, and pathos), Assumptions, Addressing the Opposition, Qualifiers) and includes specific examples for the ones covered to illustrate the analysis
15 pts
Essay mentions a few of the parts of argument and may provide a few scattered examples, but doesn't cover enough of the parts nor provide enough illustration
8 pts
Essay essentially doesn't mention the parts of argument at all -- perhaps there is nothing but a summary of the reading with no analysis
0 pts
30 pts
Essay is cohesive where each paragraph clearly connects to the main idea
Essay is cohesive where each paragraph clearly connects to the main idea
5 pts
Essay is mostly cohesive with only a few slight problems
3 pts
Essay is not cohesive -- many paragraphs are not connected to the main idea
0 pts
5 pts
Paragraphs have their own clear function and use the PIE paragraph structure
Paragraphs have their own clear function and use the PIE paragraph structure
5 pts
Most paragraphs have their own clear function and use the PIE paragraph structure
3 pts
Several paragraphs don't have their own clear function, or paragraphs don't use PIE structure
0 pts
5 pts
Essay identifies whether or not the student feels the author created an effective argument given the rhetorical situation and accomplished his or her purpose
Essay identifies whether or not the student feels the author created an effective argument given the rhetorical situation and accomplished his or her purpose by using examples to support the analysis. (Does not include the student's opinion on the topic, only evaluated the writer's choices.)
10 pts
Essay identifies whether or not the student feels the author created an effective argument given the rhetorical situation, but there are few examples to illustrate the analysis
8 pts
Essay identifies whether or not the student feels the author created an effective argument, but doesn't tie the analysis to the rhetorical situation, or doesn't provide examples to illustrate
7 pts
Essay doesn't analyze the author's effectiveness, or the student responds/reacts to the topic rather than analyzing the author's choices
0 pts
10 pts
Essay has an effective conclusion
Essay has a clear and effective conclusion
5 pts
Essay has a conclusion, but it is formulaic or otherwise ineffective
3 pts
Essay doesn't have a conclusion -- the paper just quits
0 pts
5 pts
Essay paraphrases and quotes the article as necessary
Essay includes paraphrases and quotes and uses them effectively. All paraphrases and quotes are cited correctly.
8 pts
Essay includes paraphrases and quotes, though they may not be used effectively. Most paraphrases and quotes are cited correctly.
4 pts
Essay includes no paraphrases or quotes, or if it does, none of them are properly cited.
0 pts
8 pts
Essay is written in grammatically correct prose
Essay contains no errors in grammar, punctuation, syntax, or word choice (writing is edited and proofread carefully)
12 pts
Essay contains only a few errors, and the errors don't interfere at all with the flow or meaning of the writing
9 pts
Essay contains errors and they interfere with the flow and/or meaning of the writing -- they are distracting to the reader
6 pts
Essay contains many errors that interfere with the flow and/or meaning of the writing -- writing is hard to get through due to the high number of errors
3 pts
Essay is very difficult to understand due to the severe grammatical problems.
0 pts
12 pts
Total Points: 100
 

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 10/17/2014 11:59 pm
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