Brief Rhetorical Analysis
This week is where our theory meets practice! We’ve spent three weeks honing our understanding of the shifting rhetorical situation, how to appeal to different audiences using different rhetorical appeals, and we’ve practiced identifying the six core arguments. This week, we are going to take a leap into generative rhetoric and practice actually evaluating other author’s texts and creating our own analyses.
As you move through the assigned readings and author texts, I want you to consider what ways we can broaden our definition of argument as established but our ancient rheotors.
Construct a Rhetorical Analysis of another author’s argument, identifying modes, appeals, and claim types
Choose a topic of inquiry for the remainder of the course
Select two argument types most suitable for your selected topic, begin drafting hybrid argument.
Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing 2e, Issue 3: “Strategic Reading” p. 71-118
Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric with Readings 11e
Chapter 7 “Analyzing Arguments Rhetorically” p 103-126.
Chapter 8 “Argument as Inquiry: Reading, Summarizing, and Speaking Back” p. P.127-154
Chapter 9: Making Visual and Multimodal Arguments p. 155-188
Rhetorical Analysis Options:
Harris, Adam. “America Wakes Up From Its Dream of Free College.” (Links to an external site.) The Atlantic. 8 Sept. 2018. https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/09/where-did-americas-dream-of-free-college-go/569770/
Ripley, Amanda. “Why is College in America So Expensive?” (Links to an external site.) The Atlantic. 11 Sept. 2018. https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/09/why-is-college-so-expensive-in-america/569884/
Chua, Amy and Jed Rubenfeld. “The Constitution is Threatened by Tribalism.” (Links to an external site.) Oct. 2018. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/10/the-threat-of-tribalism/568342/
Follow the prompts in the following documents:
Brief Rhetorical Analysis Assignment Sheet and Rubric
Ethos, Pathos, Logos Resource