Rhetorical Analysis

 
English 151-034 Short Assignment #3: Rhetorical Analysis Assignment – 10%

Due
: Thursday, Nov. 7

Word Length
: 750 words minimum; 1000 words maximum

No one will be allowed to make up this assignment without a credible
explanation for the absence and acceptable documentation to support
that explanation.  
Instructions
:  

Rhetoric
: language designed to have a persuasive effect on its audience,
through the use of the Rhetorical Triangle: Logos (logic/evidence), Pathos
(emotion/values), and Ethos (credibility/authority).

Rhetorical Analysis asks you to explain to your reader how the writer
communicated their essay’s content using the Rhetorical Triangle, with
assessments of how effective or ineffective the writer was in his rhetoric.  

The Rhetorical Analysis Assignment asks you to choose one of the two
essays and write a 750-word long rhetorical analysis of it.

The question your essay must answer and explain: Do you think the author
sufficiently supports his argument using appeals to the Rhetorical Triangle?

Choose
ONE
of the essays listed below to write your essay about:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, “Insulting Colin Kaepernick says more about our
patriotism than his”,
The Washington Post

Andrew Cohen, “Olympics are an antidote to our culture of phoniness”,
The Calgary Herald
Formatting Guidelines
:
1.
Write
5 complete paragraphs
for a total of 750-1000 words.
2.
Identify the title of the reading and the author by their full name in your
introduction paragraph.  Put the reading’s title in quotation marks.
Subsequently, you do not have to refer to the full title, and you can refer to
the author by their last name only.
3.
Provide textual evidence (direct quotes, paraphrases, summaries) from
your chosen essay to clearly and directly support your conclusions.  
4.
Integrate your quotes
grammatically
into your sentence structure.  
5.
Format your document correctly according to your chosen citation style.
6.
Provide in-text citations that are correctly formatted according to your
chosen citation style.
7.
Provide a bibliography of your sources, even if this is only the original
essay, formatted according to your chosen citation style.

English 151-034 Short Assignment #3: Rhetorical Analysis Assignment – 10%
Essay Structure
:
Introduction Paragraph
: Establish your topic with a clear topic sentence
introducing which essay is under discussion including complete title and full
author name; briefly summarize what you will be explaining and arguing in
your three paragraphs; communicate your argument with a clear, direct thesis
statement explaining your position.
Thesis Statement Example
: “In (this essay), (the author) argues that (…..)
and (sufficiently/insufficiently) supports this argument using appeals to the
Rhetorical Triangle.”
First Body Paragraph
: Explain, using at least two grammatically-integrated
and relevant direct quotes from the text as support,
the most and the least
convincing
Logos
examples (facts, data, statistics, true anecdotal evidence)
the author uses to support the conclusions he draws from his examples.
Decide overall if the author sufficiently supported their thesis with Logos
appeals and briefly explain why.
Second Body Paragraph
: Describe, using at least two grammatically-
integrated and relevant direct quotes from the text as support,
the most and
the least convincing
Pathos
examples (beliefs, values, ideals, emotions,
ideologies) the author uses support his argument. Explain why you think
these examples are convincing or not convincing. Decide overall if the author
sufficiently supported their thesis with Pathos appeals and briefly explain
why.
Third Body Paragraph
: Describe, using at least two grammatically-
integrated and relevant direct quotes from the text as support,
the most and
the least convincing
Ethos
examples (personal expertise and/or connection to
topic; other experts’ opinions and evidence about topic) the author uses
support his argument. Explain why you think these examples are convincing
or not convincing. Decide overall if the author sufficiently supported their
thesis with Ethos appeals and briefly explain why.
Conclusion Paragraph
: Topic Sentence; briefly summarize the points you
made in your body paragraphs; concluding sentence(s) explaining the overall
conclusion you made regarding whether the author sufficiently or
insufficiently supported his argument using appeals to the Rhetorical
Triangle

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