Project #93111 - Rhetorical Analysis


 Major Moves of the Rhetorical Essay – Crafting you Final Paper 

8-10 pages max. 

Should be double-spaced, contain one inch margins, and use an easily read font (such as Times New Roman, Calibri, or Arial).  

Introduction (1-2 pages) 

ï‚· Introduce topic and text 

ï‚· Situate the importance of the text and its study. What do we gain from a study of the text? By studying the text what do we understand about the larger rhetorical phenomenon(s) the text depends on? 

ï‚· Articulate a clear thesis/line of argument. This is not merely “I’m going to look at…”, but “in the course of this essay I will argue that….” “based on my reading I will suggest that…”. The point is that this thesis should clearly and concisely tell us what we should think differently about having gained the knowledge of your work. 


Historical-Contextual elements (approx 1-2 pages) 

ï‚· Gives a sense of the relevant history to this project/text 

ï‚· Outlines the way that a reader/audience would have been positioned prior to the event/text you are analyzing 

ï‚· Attempts to show one of two things: 1. ABSENT the text, this is the direction the people/nation/community were headed or 2. Because of the history and context a window opened that would make the text acceptable. 


Justification of Theory/Method/Literature review (approx 2-3 pages) 

This section is where you would lay out which specific rhetorical concepts are relevant to the artifact you have chosen and then explain why they might be helpful to your study of the text. You may bring in outside sources and even locate rhetorical criticisms done of the same or similar texts in order distinguish yourself and the work you will do in analyzing the selected artifact. 

ï‚· If others have studied the text, lay out the central premise of their arguments with an eye toward preserving your ground (i.e. why the project is still important because or in light of this work) 



ï‚· Method review can be done one of two ways: 1. All of the material in this “review section” or 2. Some overview material here and then varying insights put at appropriate places throughout the analysis to explain the points you highlight and study 

ï‚· The method review (however you do it) should include: a basic sense of the method and its fundamental assumptions, what does it seek to study – i.e. how does it think of its contribution, a sense of the major elements or parts of analysis necessary to complete the analysis. 


Body of the essay/Analysis (approx 3-4 pages) 

ï‚· Possible restating of goals/aims of the project 

ï‚· Identification of the central elements you intend to analyze in the text. This usually ends up being 2-4 main “elements” of the text 

ï‚· Individual sections walking through an analysis of those elements guided and interpreted by the method 

ï‚· Throughout you should be using your voice to guide the reader through the analysis and in your assessment of the text --- “as we see, in the use of the element the rhetor was able to move the audience toward….” 

ï‚· Each of the significant elements you study should be “impacted” for their contribution on the major thesis underwriting the whole essay…in essence, you noted “x”, why does that matter to the larger whole? 


Conclusion (approx 1-2 pages) 

ï‚· Restate the situation/problematic of the piece 

ï‚· Recall the major insights contributions gained through the analysis 


ï‚· Sum up the gains made by the thesis. Assuming that you have proven your thesis, what have we learned? 


Subject Philosophy
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/16/2015 12:00 pm
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