This essay should be between 1200-1500 words, polished, and use MLA guidelines for formatting and citations. (If you know your field uses a different set of guidelines, such as APA, you might reach out to your professor and see if using those guidelines will be appropriate for this assignment.) You should make use specific passages, quotes, and examples from your source article to ground your analysis and support your argument. Don\’t forget to include the reflection part of the essay! Your language, word choice, and the formality of your tone should be appropriate to your audience.
In standard essay format, you will:
- Introduce the article that you are analyzing, the topic or that they deal with, and provide a clear, focused thesis to guide your essay and your reader,
- Your thesis will make an argument about how the text presents it message to its audience.
- Perform a comprehensive analysis of the article you picked, crafting 3-5 paragraphs on what they did to make their point to you and how they created their argument in the body of your essay, Include rhetorical situation and context in one paragraph, and choose to develop at least three other categories from the rhetorical terms we have learned, e.g. ethos, pathos, and logos.
- Reflect, in 1-3 paragraphs, on what you learned about reading & writing from rhetorically analyzing the text you chose.
- And conclude by suggesting something that the reader should \”take away\” from the argument analysis.
- Your thesis, located toward the end of your introduction, will be a multi-part statement that indicates your particular argument about the article’s rhetorical strategies.
Notes on the Reflection part of the essay:
Your essay will contain a short (2-3 paragraph) reflection on what you learned about writing while rhetorically analyzing the text you chose. To craft this reflection, you should address the questions below:
- Think about what first drew you to the text you analyzed. Was it the author\’s use of humor, or maybe their clear, concise way of speaking? Or was it the topic itself? Now that you\’ve spent so much time reading and thinking about how this text works, how has what you like (or dislike) about this text changed?
- What did you learn about or see in this text & its message that you wouldn\’t have – without spending so much time reading and thinking about it?
- What did you learn about yourself as a thinker and writer? Are the specific rhetorical strategies that the author used ones that you should adopt…or avoid? Why? (As you answer this question you might also compare & contrast the rhetorical situations you participate in versus the author you read.)