Rhetorical Analysis Paper Assignment
Student Learning Outcomes Addressed in this Assignment:
SLO 1: Apply principles of research-based academic writing to distinguish relevant from
irrelevant information and draw conclusions supported by facts.
SLO 3: Use credible evidence to support a position.
SLO 6: Use discipline-specific documentation styles, including in-text citations and properly
formatted Works Cited and Reference pages.
A rhetorical analysis evaluates the rhetorical strategies and effectiveness of an argument.
For this assignment, choose one of the sources that you have found as you have researched your topic. This should be a source that is actually making an argument. For that source, write a rhetorical analysis.
In this paper, you should be quoting and citing the text. I suggest at least 2 quotes per paragraph, but no more than 3 quotes per paragraph. You want the majority of the paragraph to be your own ideas, and the quotes should be there to support you. Avoid using long quotes.
Remember that when you quote a source, you should never just drop the quote into the text. You should always introduce the quote by telling where the quote came from or putting it into context. Then give the quote and in-text citation. Finally, explain how that quote speaks to the point that you’re trying to make. For more information on how to correctly incorporate quotes into your paper, refer to your textbook or to the OWL Purdue website. Keep in mind that some of these examples use MLA format instead of APA, so when you actually quote and cite for your paper, make sure to use APA.
The analysis should include the following parts:
I. Introduction to the topic itself (larger conversation)
II. Summary of the article and discussion of context (who is the author, who is the audience? What is the main claim? What is the medium/genre?)
III. Analysis of Ethos
IV. Analysis of Pathos
V. Analysis of Logos
VI. Conclusion and Overall evaluation of the article’s effectiveness (Does the article clearly support its claim? Does the author provide enough evidence? Does the author use appropriate tone? Were there any questions left unanswered?)
Also, remember that your paper should:
Be 2-5 pages
Be typed, double spaced
Be 12 font, Times New Roman
Use correct APA format
Include a title page and a reference page in APA format (no abstract is needed)
Be written in THIRD PERSON