Rhetorical Analysis

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              Rhetorical           Analysis          
         Learning outcomes addressed:    
         Evaluate      both print and digital arguments through a process of critical inquiry, examining the arguments in their original contexts and in the context of other arguments in order to discover relationships between texts.
         Contribute      an informed argument to an ongoing public discussion by identifying and assessing the rhetorical context for an issue.
         Compose           a variety of texts, including elements of digital and/or non-print text, through a multi-stage recursive process.
         Employ           conventions of academic writing in rhetorically purposeful ways.
         
              Prompt      
              For this      paper, you are asked to write a comprehensive      argument analysis based      on      one of our reading     s this semester      that addresses the following prompt:
              Identify and provide a brief explanation of the author's argument; identify two persuasive strategies that the author uses to support his or her argument and analyze how those strategies might persuade the reader to support the claim; discuss the assumption(s) on which the argument is based; and evaluate the extent to which the reader would find the argument convincing. Be sure to follow these directions carefully, rather than simply agreeing or disagreeing or writing an extensive summary of the article.
              Successful papers will:  
              Begin with a concise introduction that contextualizes the      your      analysis and signals the s     tructure or layout of the paper
              Provide an account of the rhetorical situation sufficient to establish the audience's presuppositions
              Accurately map the basic layout of the      rhetor's      principal      sub-claims;           identify           claim,      data     , and warrant
              Demonstrate how the      rhetor      employs      at least      two rhetorical strategies      to further their argument among their intended audience.
         
              N     ote that the length of      this paper is capped at      three      pages. Accordingly, you must budget your space by writing succinctly. The goal is to convey meaning using as few words as possible. This takes a great deal of time and revision.
   
             
   
         
              Rhetorical      Analysis:      Approaching Structure
         
         Sample s     tructure     /organization
         
              There isn't a single, universal structure to      a rhetorical      analysis. However, I offer here one a     pproach      to guide those who are looking for      a starting place     .
         
         Introduction
         Background/     context          For this part, think of a      rhetorical precis      in which you outline the rhetorical situation     ,      accounting for the intended audience,      rhetor     , purpose, and exigency. Additionally you should note      the           rhetor's      main claim      and purpose
         Thesis/contract          Make clear the aim(s) of your work, and signal (implicitly or expressly) the scope of your project
         Body paragraph #1
         S     ub-claim #1     /Rhetorical Strategy #1
         Begin with a statement      that summarizes the      rhetor's      sub-claim
         If not noted in the first sentence, identify the      rhetor's           principal      reason or data
         Back your observation with textual support (i.e. bring in a quote).
         Examine the warrant      to           identify      the assumption(s) on      which the      rhetor's      claim relies; is the claim warranted?
         Optional:      Is there backing?
         Optional:      How about rebuttal/reservation?
         Optional:      Qualification?
         Note the rhetorical strategy used and note how it      advances      the claim
         Examine the warrant           to           identify      the assumption(s) on      which the      rhetor's      claim relies; is the claim warranted?
         Optional:      Is there backing?
         Optional:      How about rebuttal/reservation?
         Optional:      Qualification?
         Describe how the audience is affected and whether      (and how)      this furthers the aims of their argument. Is it persuasive?
         Body paragraph #2
         S     ub-claim #2     /Rhetorical Strategy #2
         Begin with a statement that summarizes the      rhetor's      sub-claim
         If not noted in the first sentence, identify the      rhetor's           principal      reason or data
         Back your observation with textual support (i.e. bring in a quote).
         Examine the warrant      to           identify      the assumption(s) on      which the      rhetor's      claim relies; is the claim warranted?
         Optional:      Is there backing?
         Optional:      How about rebuttal/reservation?
         Optional:      Qualification?
         Note the rhetorical strategy used and note how it      advances      the claim
         Describe how the audience is affected and whether      (and how)      this furthers the aims of their argument. Is it persuasive?
         
         Body paragraph #3
         S     ub-claim #3     /Rhetorical      Strategy #3
         Begin with a statement that summarizes the      rhetor's      sub-claim
         If not noted in the first sentence, identify the      rhetor's           principal      reason or data
         Back your observation with textual support (i.e. bring in a quote).
         Examine the warrant      to           identify      the assumption(s) on      which the      rhetor's      claim relies; is the claim warranted?
         Optional:      Is there backing?
         Optional:      How about rebuttal/reservation?
         Optional:      Qualification?
         Note the rhetorical strategy


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