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Rhetorical Analysis

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Matt Gomez

on 19 September 2014

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Rhetorical Analysis
Who is the intended recipient of an author or speaker's message?

Who was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s audience when he gave his "I Have a Dream" speech? How did that affect his message?
How are they getting their message across?
Authors and speakers utilize a number of rhetorical devices to communicate ideas more effectively.

A few examples of rhetorical devices:
persuasive appeals (ethos, logos, pathos)
Step 1. Read and annotate a text for its rhetorical devices
Step 3. Organize your thoughts
Step 2. Identify the main rhetorical strategies an author is using
Rhetorical analysis
is the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing.

When we complete a
rhetorical analysis
, we are investigating the methods an author or speaker uses to persuade their readers.
I. Introduction
II. Body Paragraph 1
- What topic will you talk about first?
- What supporting evidence from the text will you use?
Putting It All Together
Writing a rhetorical analysis may seem daunting at first, but it's very straight forward once you know how to approach the process. Especially if you have the best Pre-AP teacher ever, Mr. Gomez.
What to consider:
When writing a rhetorical analysis, it is extremely important to consider the following:
who is the author's audience?
what is their purpose?
how are they achieving that purpose?
Time for you to give it a try!
Read the following rhetorical analysis prompt related to the letters we've read this week. (Outline on the following slide)

In a well-developed essay, analyze the rhetorical strategies David Herne and David Lessing use to refute the claims made by Leonid Fridman. Support your analysis with specific references to the text.
What message is the author trying to communicate? What is their goal?

What message might a mother send to her son at war? How would that affect the tone?
- General statement about the topic of the reading selection
- Thesis ideas (what was the authors' message, and what rhetorical strategies did they use to achieve it?)
III. Body Paragraph 2
- What topic will you talk about second?
- What supporting evidence will you use?
IV. Body Paragraph 3
- What topic will you talk about last?
- What supporting evidence will you use?
V. Conclusion
- Restate the main purpose of your essay
- If possible, leave the reader thinking. What big idea can you tie your essay back to?
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