WRA 260

WRA 891

rhetoric, persuasion, culture

Home Schedule Assignments
Home Schedule Assignments

Assignment 1: Rhetorical Analysis

Description: In this 3-5 page paper (double spaced, reasonable margins and font size and typeface), you will write a rhetorical analysis of a text from your area of study or future profession. You will also define rhetorical analysis and rhetoric in the process.

Step 1: Choose an artifact to analyze. Remember, this must be a text from your area of study OR future profession. The text can be anything you feel is employing rhetoric (a brochure, web page, video, instruction set, editorial, essay, etc.). Bring artifact to class on Monday, January 29 and Wednesday, January 31.

Step 2: Think through how best to perform a rhetorical analysis and how our texts have defined rhetorical analysis. You can model your analysis after the Foss "Neo-Aristotelian Criticism" article, or the chapter from Nicotra or Ball, Sheppard, and Arola, or some combination thereof.

Step 3: Write your paper! No matter what terminology or method you chose to use, you MUST address the following in your paper:

  1. Describe the artifact. What is it, where did it come from? (think here about the CONTEXT)
  2. Describe the purpose of the text.
  3. Describe the audience or audienceS for the text.
  4. Describe the strategies used to convey the purpose to that audience (what strategies you describe will depend on the text itself as well as what method you use).
  5. Define how YOU understand both rhetoric and rhetorical analysis. Make sure to CITE AT LEAST 3 READINGS from class to do this work. Remember we have encountered different definitions, so this will be YOUR definition supported by claims from authors we read and discussed.
  6. Make sure you have a guiding argument or thesis statement in your paper. You might simply talk about whether or not you find the text effective and why, or you might make a more nuanced claim about the text or its rhetorical situation.

DRAFT DUE for Peer Revew IN CLASS (bring 2 copies) on Monday, February 5

DUE in D2L DROPBOX by classtime on Wednesday, February 7

For a sample paper, see The Meat of the Matter: A Neo-Aristotelian Analysis of Lady Gaga’s “The Prime Rib of America” Address or look at the WSU Website analysis in the Writer/Designer reading from Monday of Week 4.