Project 2: Rhetorical Analysis
English 1001-044 (Davis)
What: In a letter to the author, analyze an opinionated source that addresses an aspect of pop culture that interests you (see “Guidelines for Choosing an Appropriate Text” posted under Additional Resources on Moodle for more information about sources). You will identify the source's purpose, audience, and context, then evaluate how well the source achieved its purpose by analyzing its rhetorical strategies (such as, but not limited to, appeals, tropes, style and tone, word choice, use of evidence).
Why: Strategies of persuasion and argument permeate our culture in advertisements, politics, and even casual conversations among friends about what to do this weekend. The ability to recognize and evaluate this rhetorical overload builds critical thinking skills that identify manipulations and foster informed decision making. Additionally, identifying claims and reasoning, as well as the ability to summarize and paraphrase, is an essential skill in any class that requires responses to reading assignments. This project is designed to address the following course outcomes: demonstrate ability in written analysis, undertake writing as a recursive process that develops and transforms thought, respond appropriately to different kinds of rhetorical situations, adopt appropriate voice, tone, and level of formality.
Physical Requirements: Your analysis must be 1200-1500 words in a 12 pt font, double spaced, in a business letter format. Your final folder should include all invention work and rough drafts.
For this assignment, A papers will:
meet the physical requirements listed
include a clear and precise thesis statement (an analytical claim with reasons about how the text works) describe the rhetorical context
clearly and fairly summarize the main claim
explain and analyze how the author builds and presents his/her argument explain and analyze how the author connects with (or...
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