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Organizing Your Rhetorical Analysis
Transcript of Organizing Your Rhetorical Analysis
Body Paragraph 1: Rhetorical Situation
Body Paragraph 2: Ethos
Body Paragraph 3: Pathos
Body Paragraph 4: Logos
Body Paragraph Map: Large Scale
The body of your Rhetorical Analysis must use evidence to...
situate the op-ed in a larger debate
identify what calls on the author to write
identify the author's audience
identify the author's purpose for readers
analyze the author's use of ethos
analyze the author's use of pathos
analyze the author's use of logos
What does the reader need to know first?
1) Hook/attention grabber related to the issue
2) The context for the ISSUE.
3) Summary of the issue.
4) Brief context for the op-ed. (Include the name & author of the op-ed).
5) One-sentence summary of the op-ed's argument.
6) Thesis statement that includes your overall assessment and list of primary reasons.
The Parts of the Introductory Paragraph
Organization: Decide what the READER needs to know first
Do readers need to know about...
ethos, logos, pathos first?
the message or purpose for readers?
your overall assessment?
What called the author to write
Organizing Your Rhetorical Analysis
How do we fit it all in? How do we best communicate with readers?
Answer This Question. Then, Start with What You Already Know
What information does the reader need to know to understand your analysis?
Can we talk about the effectiveness of the appeals before we know the audience?
Can we fully analyze the author's use of the appeals without identifying what the "stakes" are? Without knowing what called on the author to write?
Break the Body Into Parts
1) Decide what the READER needs to know first
2) Move from general to specific
The issue of the op-ed
What op-ed you are discussing
A one-sentence summary of the op-ed
Your claim for its effectiveness or ineffectiveness
Note: Body Paragraph 1 must ALWAYS deal with the rhetorical situation. However, you may want to move through ethos, logos, and pathos in a different order than shown here.
Rhetorical Situation Para.
1. Situate the op-ed in a larger debate (note stances/stakes)
2. Identify what calls on the author of the op-ed to write. What evidence supports this claim? How can we see this evidence as supporting the author's call to write?
3. Who is the author’s audience? What evidence supports this claim? How can we see this evidence as indicating the intended audience?
4. What is the author's purpose for readers?
Ethos, Logos, Pathos Paras.
Ex: Body Paragraph: Ethos
1. How effective is the author’s ethos in persuading the audience?
2. What evidence supports the point?
3. How does the evidence support the point?
Repeat the same process for paragraphs about pathos and logos. Make sure to ANALYZE your evidence, and provide AT LEAST one piece of evidence from the text to prove your point.
Concluding the Rhetorical Analysis
1. What is your overall assessment of the op-ed’s rhetorical strategies?
2. What concluding point do you want YOUR reader to take away from your analysis?
3. What do you want your reader to do or learn?