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Rhetorical Analysis: The Basics

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Matthew Singleton

on 7 October 2013

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Transcript of Rhetorical Analysis: The Basics

AP Rhetorical Analysis Essay
the basics
This essay is VERY different. You're supposed to write about HOW the author of the passage they give you writes. You need to analyze the writing and persuasion tools and tricks they use in the selected piece.
In order to intelligently analyze the tools and tricks the author is using, you need to know who they are, who their intended audience is, their purpose for writing, and the setting in which it was presented.
Read the Intro Info
You must know your rhetorical strategies to do well on this essay. Sometimes, you may see the author doing something strategic that you don't have a name for. You can still write about it by describing it in your own words.
When you read through the passage, you need to focus on looking for the strategies that the author is using. You only have time to read through it once, so you need to read actively the first time through, making note of any strategies.
Read it Once!
Once you pick out which strategies you are going to focus on in your analysis, write a thesis statement that lays out what strategies you'll discuss. You want to write about 3-4 of the strategies unless you are analyzing an "overall strategy" with more depth.
For each strategy, quote an example of the strategy at work in the piece, and then take a substantial amount of time to explain the strategy, why the author used it, and how it worked on the audience.
Quote & Explain
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