RHETORICAL RESEARCH 1Â (40pts -4% of course grade)Â
At the start of your research into your Informed Rhetorical Argument Â topic, you will write a rhetorical description of an argument that Â 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 Â meets the criteria for Rhetorical Precis. The short length and Â fill-in-the-blank nature of a prÃ©cis can be misleading, but donâ€™t be Â fooled: it requires time, careful reading, careful thinking, and careful Â 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 Â which evaluate the effectiveness of the authorâ€™s use of the rhetorical Â appeals of ethos, logos, pathos and kairos. Would this argument be Â compelling/convincing for the intended audience? If yes, what appeals Â are functioning most prominently? If not, which appeals are falling Â short of their aim? Root your analysis in SPECIFIC moments from your Â article, using direct quotations and references as appropriate. Make Â sure you link your evaluations explicitly to the rhetorical appeals Â which they involve.
FORM: Please download theÂ Rhetorical Precis Template and Â fill in the bracketed, highlighted sections as appropriate.Â When you Â insert the appropriate information, please make sure to remove the Â brackets and highlighting.
EXPECTATIONS: You will be evaluated on whether or not your Works Â Cited citation is formatted properly in MLA format. You will be Â evaluated on how thoroughly and concisely your precis articulates the Â sourceâ€™s argument, support, and rhetorical situation. You will also be Â evaluated on how well your rhetorical analysis paragraphs evaluate the Â articleâ€™s effectiveness in using, ethos, logos, pathos, kairos, Â depending on its rhetorical situation (audience, author, purpose and Â context). Good analytical paragraphs must include Â SPECIFIC moments from your article, using direct quotations and Â references as appropriate. Make sure you link your evaluations Â explicitly to the rhetorical appeals which they involve.
MLA citations: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/1/Â (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Rhetorical Precis Template:Â Rhetorical Precis Template.docx
Sample Precis:Sample Precis.docx
 Â For this assignment, â€œsourceâ€ can be interpreted very broadly. You Â might choose a blog entry, a BuzzFeed article, or even a Tweet or Â Facebook post. However, the less complex a source or a voice is, the Â more complex I expect your analysis of it.
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