Learning Goal: I’m working on a writing question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
Summary: Annotate and analyze a text, then write a Rhetorical Analysis.
Please choose one of these three articles for your analysis:
Annotate the text:
1. Annotate as you read to help yourself identify the author’s situation, purpose, thesis, and audience.
2. Mark other categories you can identify (e.g., rhetorical techniques or Print Evaluation Criteria; claims).
3. Evaluate the effectiveness of the essay. Mark areas where the essay is effective and ineffective.
Write the Rhetorical Analysis:
1. Start with an Introduction that intrigues the reader and gives a brief overview of the main argument.
2. Refer to your notes and cite (using APA in-text citation). Use these questions as a guide to writing the body of your paper. Analyze the article by answering the following questions:
- Identify the situation. What motivates the author to write?
- Identify the writer’s purpose. What do they want the reader to do or think about?
- Identify the writer’s claim. What is the main claim? What other related claims does the author make?
- Identify the writer’s audience. What do you know about their audience? What do the author’s rhetorical choices imply about the readers? What about the references (if any)? The structure of the essay?
3. Now answer these questions to analyze the effectiveness of the essay and to write yourself into the academic conversation:
- How or where was the author most effective and ineffective in the essay?
- How is the author persuasive in getting the reader to accept their point of view?
- What are the possible implications of the author’s claims?
- What, if any, conflicting points of view are there?
4. Conclude by formulating your own claim and position with a clear sense of purpose.
The title of your paper should be: Rhetorical Analysis of The Title of Your Article
Use APA formatting: 12 pt. font, double spaced, 7th Edition student title page, 1-inch margins, reference page.
You must include in-text citations of paraphrased material throughout the paper (i.e., all or almost all of the paragraphs should include an in-text citation). The author’s name should be cited as: McMillan Cottom (year).
You may include one short (<40 words) direct quote.
Do not cite more than one source.
Use 3rd person voice only.