Choose an argument from the “Sources for Rhetorical Analysis” folder in Blackboard, then write a formal essay in which you critically respond to that argument.
Requirements (These must be met in order for the assignment to be eligible for a grade):
- 1000-1250 words.
- MLA-formatted document, in-text citations, and a Works Cited page (Works Cited page does not contribute to word-count requirements).
- MLA mandates font size, margin size, spacing, headers, and page number requirements, and your document must adhere to those mandates.
- Written for an academic audience and adhering to the conventions expected by that audience.
- Content and structure should follow these guidelines:
- An unique, creative, and compelling title. “Rhetorical Analysis” or “Essay 1” or “A Rhetorical Analysis of [ARTICLE TITLE]" won’t be sufficient.
- Section 1: Introduction, including a thesis statement indicating the quality or validity of the argument you're analyzing.
- Section 2: Discussion of the author's use of pathos, logos, and ethos, with specific quotes exemplifying each rhetorical device.
- Section 3: Discussion of logical fallacies the argument demonstrates, with specific quotes supporting that discussion.
- Section 5: Discussion of cognitive biases the argument demonstrates, with specific quotes supporting that discussion.
- Section 6: Conclusion
- Each section must fulfill its purpose, with the number of paragraphs in each section depending on the purpose of that section.
- Introductions and Conclusions are usually only one paragraph each and serve to bring readers into your writing and then close the subject for them. In your introduction, do not forget a clear thesis statement indicating whether your chosen article presents a valid argument or not.
- Body sections can be multiple paragraphs, and those rhetorical choices should be guided by the content of the section.
- For example, there are three rhetorical devices you need to discuss, which should indicate that section probably needs to be three paragraphs.
- Body paragraphs contain topic sentences, examples and explanations, and transitions.
- Your own original work created for this assignment in this course.
- Submitted before the deadline as a Microsoft Word Document.
The article I choose "Allowing guns on campus will invite tragedies, not end them" https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/allowing-guns-on-campus-will-invite-tragedies-not-end-them/2016/10/21/a1679f9e-8992-11e6-875e-2c1bfe943b66_story.html?utm_term=.5e10414852cb