Essay #1: Rhetorical Analysis Purpose: This assignment is designed for you to

Essay #1: Rhetorical Analysis
Purpose: This assignment is designed for you to complete an extensive rhetorical analysis. Critical readers do not just read texts for information, but they are also able to analyze how and why texts communicate that information. Therefore, as you complete this assignment, you will show your understanding of the role that the rhetorical situation plays in the critical reading of texts.
Assignment: Compose a rhetorical analysis in response to one of the Acting Out Culture articles we’ve read where you communicate your understanding, or reading, of what the text says, how it says it, what it means, and whether it achieves its purpose.
As you write your analysis you should consider what the text says (summary), how the text works (analysis of how the parts work together to make up the whole), and what argument you want to make about how the text should be read (evaluation). In other words, you are arguing for the legitimacy of your reading of the text.
When coming up with a thesis, you may want to consider a specific aspect of the rhetorical situation and how the text uses it to convey meaning and why that is important. You may examine whether or not the author is successful in communicating his/her argument. Or, you may want to show that the text has a specific meaning. Whatever your choice, make sure to demonstrate how the author makes choices in their writing to accomplish the purpose for writing.
Sources: Your source must be cited in MLA format on a Works Cited page at the end of your paper.
Length: 1000+ words.
Format/Medium/Layout: The analysis will be written using MLA format.
Stance: This assignment is thesis driven. The best papers will have a clear argument/reading of the text supported with evidence from the text and commentary from other sources or experiences to create context.
Rhetorical Analysis
Purpose _____/25:
Successful (A+ thru B):
Your goal is to identify the author’s argument, the strategies used to convey it, and determine whether it’s successful or not.
Genre _____/10:
Successful (A+ thru B):
Exhibits a strong understanding of academic discourse, contains a thesis that argues for a particular reading of the article, and demonstrates insightful evaluation
Design/Layout _____/20:
Successful (A+ thru B):
Incorporates MLA formatting correctly, includes a Works Cited page that is formatted correctly and appears at the end of the essay, and incorporates links and images (when appropriate) in a way that contributes to the analysis
Audience _____/20:
Successful (A+ thru B):
Uses vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation appropriate for a college audience and assumes a level of intelligence and sophistication for the audience by offering an intriguing analysis of the article
Stance _____25:
Successful (A+ thru B):
Makes an argument for a specific reading of the article—incorporating a consistent tone that presents the author’s take on the article—by effectively supporting a thesis with examples from the text in order to clearly evaluate the success or failure of the article in achieving its purpose