Rhetorical Analysis Paper
minimum page requirement: 3-5 pages, Times New Roman—12 pt font, double spaced, works cited page and cover sheet must be included (these do NOT count toward the page requirement).
Write an essay that responds to and evaluates Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s Letter from Birmingham Jail (pg 582). This is not a summary paper, but your essay should provide a concise summary of the article early on to orient your reader. Throughout the essay you will also need to acknowledge important parts of the article through paraphrase, description, and a few direct quotations.
The overall purpose of this paper is to show your analysis and evaluation of the author’s ideas. Think of the paper as a way to discuss the strong and weak points of a particular piece of writing by using concepts we have learned in this class—appeals to credibility/character (ethos), emotion (pathos), and logic (logos); the various types of assumptions (gascap); STAR; logical fallacies; and other essential concepts and analytical tools. The paper is a way to put your thoughts in dialogue with the author’s to evaluate whether the author’s argument is strong.
In short, this is an essay that analyzes/critiques the integrity of an argument, how effectively
an author supports his/her argument, claims, and assertions. This is not a summary paper. You are essentially judging whether the article provides a strong argument or not.
You should present and develop your own “take” on the article, and you should support that take with reflection and detail. State your judgment clearly and support your evaluation with persuasive points that could influence your reader to your way of thinking or at least have your reader see your viewpoint clearly.
This essay involves working with a source, so you should use quotation, paraphrase, or display of information from the selected article to MLA or APA specifications (see Chapter 17 of Writing Arguments). The essay should also provide a separate Works Cited page that provides accurate, properly formatted information about the article.
Address your paper to peer-scholars who might be interested in your subject and could be interested in your analysis and/or findings. But also imagine your audience as somewhat informed but undecided people who might take an opposing viewpoint from your own.
Your essay needs to have a clear purpose with ample detail to support this purpose, and it needs to have an assertive thesis at least by the end of the introduction. The essay should have a beginning that generates interest, an ending that provides a sense of closure, and the parts in between should be arranged in a logical and rhetorically effective sequence. The essay should demonstrate stylistic maturity and mastery of editorial conventions (grammatical correctness).
A Successful Rhetorical Analysis Essay
· Provides a concise and accurate summary of the article early on to orient the reader
· Offers an assertive thesis that directs the action of the essay and reflects the whole essay
· Has a thesis that makes an evaluative judgment about the effectiveness of the author’s
· Offers strong support for its thesis by using specific details and detailed analysis of how the
author effectively or ineffectively supports his or her argument
· Uses analytical tools appropriate to the argument he or she is evaluating
· Paraphrases and integrates quotations from an article effectively, smoothly, and ethically
through appropriate signal phrases and parenthetical citations in MLA Style
· Uses third person voice to analyze the article, not the first person or second person
Helpful Analytical Tools for Analyzing Evidence
“Questions for Rhetorical Analysis” in Writing Arguments, 9th ed. (158)
S—Sufficiency of grounds: Is there enough evidence to warrant the claim drawn?
T—Typicality: Are the data representative of the group of data being argued about?
A—Accuracy: Is the information used as data true?
R—Relevance: Is the claim asserted relevant to the information about the sample?
G—Argument for a Generalization
A—Argument from Analogy
S—Argument from Sign
A—Argument from Authority
P—Argument from Principle
Message me for extra details. Please dumb down to make it seem like a student wrote it and NO PLAGIRASIM WHATSOEVER! Also message me for the link to the article.
|Due By (Pacific Time)||02/25/2015 04:00 pm|
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