RHETORICAL RESEARCH 1 (40pts -4% of course grade)
At the start of your research into your Informed Rhetorical Argument topic, you will write a rhetorical description of an argument that interests you.
Write a brief, 1-2 page (2 pages maximum), double spaced, 12 point font, rhetorical description of a source that interests you. You should try to find a source that is on the topic/issue which you will pursue for the next seven weeks.
This assignment essentially has three steps.
FIRST: Begin with an MLA formatted Works Cited entry for your source
SECOND: Write one paragraph which meets the criteria for Rhetorical Precis. The short length and fill-in-the-blank nature of a précis can be misleading, but don’t be fooled: it requires time, careful reading, careful thinking, and careful revising to compose one of these successfully. This paragraph should follow the Rhetorical Precis Template as exactly as possible.
THIRD: Write one to two paragraphs which evaluate the effectiveness of the author’s use of the rhetorical appeals of ethos, logos, pathos and kairos. Would this argument be compelling/convincing for the intended audience? If yes, what appeals are functioning most prominently? If not, which appeals are falling short of their aim? Root your analysis in SPECIFIC moments from your article, using direct quotations and references as appropriate. Make sure you link your evaluations explicitly to the rhetorical appeals which they involve.
FORM: Please download the Rhetorical Precis Template and fill in the bracketed, highlighted sections as appropriate. When you insert the appropriate information, please make sure to remove the brackets and highlighting.
EXPECTATIONS: You will be evaluated on whether or not your Works Cited citation is formatted properly in MLA format. You will be evaluated on how thoroughly and concisely your precis articulates the source’s argument, support, and rhetorical situation. You will also be evaluated on how well your rhetorical analysis paragraphs evaluate the article’s effectiveness in using, ethos, logos, pathos, kairos, depending on its rhetorical situation (audience, author, purpose and context). Good analytical paragraphs must include SPECIFIC moments from your article, using direct quotations and references as appropriate. Make sure you link your evaluations explicitly to the rhetorical appeals which they involve.
Rhetorical Precis Template: Rhetorical Precis Template.docx
Sample Precis:Sample Precis.docx
 For this assignment, “source” can be interpreted very broadly. You might choose a blog entry, a BuzzFeed article, or even a Tweet or Facebook post. However, the less complex a source or a voice is, the more complex I expect your analysis of it.
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