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Analyzing Arguments

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Stephanie Williams

on 3 February 2015

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Transcript of Analyzing Arguments

What is
rhetorical analysis of an argument?
It's closely related to critical reading strategies we've already discussed
You critically read an argument; and
You examine the rhetorical strategies and features used in the argument (for example: use of appeals); and
You construct an essay that examines the effectiveness of said argument
First, you have to know what the argument is (i.e., what's the issue and what's the claim about the issue) (see snapshot from p141 of handbook below)
Then, you have to find evidence within the argument of the author/creator's use of appeals (see snapshot of combined rhetorical triangle from handbook p49 and textbook p61 below)
Use the Questions for Rhetorical Analysis on p159-160 in textbook as guide.
Written word
and visual arguments
Image by Tom Mooring
Analyzing Arguments
Due Friday
by end of class period
1. Link to Google Site digital portfolio in appropriate place on Blackboard (in In Class and Homework Assignments folder)
2. Copy of visual you have selected for Project 1 (attached as image file to page in portfolio)
3. Answers to Toulmin Schema questions about visual you have selected (attached as document file to page in portfolio
Critical Reading Steps
You read/view your text several times, go through the critical reading process, and the examination of rhetorical features process
You plan/organize/outline (see example structure from p169 of textbook below
How do you
construct an essay that
analyzes effectiveness of argument?
How do you
examine rhetorical strategies and features?
Many arguments are multimodal now = words + another means of conveying information
Your visual for Project 1 may be purely visual (no words) or multimodal, as long as it is primarily visual
There are some steps to rhetorical analysis that are specific to visual arguments, discussed next time and in chapter 9
Friday's class is ONLINE ONLY (no live class meeting)
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