Rhetorical Analysis First Draft
Essay to analyze and evaluate for this assignment:https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/mindfulness-would-be-good-for-you-if-it-werent-all-just-hype/2017/08/24/b97d0220-76e2-11e7-9eac-d56bd5568db8_story.html?utm_term=.272d39cb3c3b
Write a 1000-1500-word essay in which you analyze and evaluate the overall effectiveness of one of the Essay Options for your Rhetorical Analysis. As you work towards completing a draft where, as a writer, you will need to adhere to the conventions of this particular genre and often consider rhetorical strategies from both the perspective of the author and intended audience, keep in mind four of the Threshold Concepts for this course:
- [RHETORIC] Rhetoric provides a method for studying the work that language and writing do
- [ACTION] Writing is a form of action. Through writing people respond to problems and can create change in the world.
- [CONTEXT] The meanings and the effects of writing are contingent on situation, on readers, and on a text’s purposes/uses.
- [CHOICES] Writing is a process of deliberation. It involves identifying and enacting choices, strategies, and moves.
Structure of the Essay
- A paragraph that establishes the context of the text. (When was it written? By whom? Who is the intended audience? Where was it published? What is the larger conversation? What was the call to write? Etc…)
- An objective summary of the text (about 100-150 words).
- A thesis statement THAT IS FOCUSED ON THE TEXT ITSELF (Your thesis should be about the TEXT, not about the subject/issue of the text. HINT: your thesis should include the name of the author of the text you are analyzing and make some claim about how effective the text is for the intended audience.)
- Several main points of rhetorical analysis. (Think about how the text uses logos, pathos, and ethos—you might cover each rhetorical appeal or you might focus on one particular rhetorical theme. Think about how the text is organized. Think about the type of language used. Think about the tone and voice used. Think about the main claim of the text. Think about the kind of evidence that is used. Etc….)
- Write any questions or requests you have for your peer reviewers at the very beginning of your rough draft.
- Read your chosen text multiple times. Utilize critical reading strategies such as annotating.
- Revisit the readings and previous assignments to guide you as you create an analytical text that showcases your knowledge of the concepts we’ve been exploring in the weekly modules.
- (Re)read the Sample Rhetorical Analysis Essays
- Make sure your thesis statement is about the text, not the subject of the text.
- Underlineyour thesis statement in your first and second draft. This will help readers figure out what your main claim is about the text and how you provide support for it. Do not underline your thesis statement in the final draft you will turn in at the end of the semester.
- Make sure to specifically reference the text and its author throughout the body of the essay. Refer to the author by his or her last name.
- Take time to quote and paraphrase parts of the text to support your claims about the text.
- Don’t slip into purely summarizing the text.
- Don’t slip into making an argument about the subject of the text (hunger, for example) instead of about the text itself (how this particular article speaks about hunger).