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Rhetorical Analysis Review

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Matthew Singleton

on 9 October 2012

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Ultimately, this is a LANGUAGE test. At the end of the day, you are trying to show college professors that you already write at a college level and don’t need to take a college writing class. You must impress them with your writing skills. This is the whole point of the essay section. REMEMBER: Write about HOW the author writes. MUST: You What does “HOW” mean?: It means you should write about the writing and communication tricks, tools, and strategies the author is using. WARNING: DO NOT get stuck simply summarizing the authors points or getting into “what he is saying” too much. CAUTION: DO NOT “enter the argument” and start debating whether or not you agree or disagree with the author’s argument. Read the introductory information to the text you will be analyzing. This info can be extremely helpful. How to plan your rhetorical analysis essay. PLAY by PLAY: Read the text, actively paying attention to and noting the strategies the author uses. PLAY by PLAY: PLAY by PLAY: Pick out about three strategies that you can write about with the most confidence, and that are most dominate in the author’s style. Write a thesis statement that includes a brief summary of the author’s argument as well as a list of the strategies the author used that you will be analyzing. PLAY by PLAY: Write an awesome essay, paying attention to the time! Remember, you want to average 40 minutes per essay. Pay attention to timing so you do a solid job and ALL of the essays. PLAY by PLAY: colloquial language elevated language hyperbole addressing the counter-argument shift rhetorical questions forced teaming (not force teaming) tone connotation to look for on the AP Rhetorical Analysis STRATEGIES Most common PLAY by PLAY:
How to write a thesis statement. Make a plan: Look over your annotation, and decide which rhetorical strategies you will discuss. Quickly, list the strategies you might discuss, the purpose of the writing, the author, and the context. You will need all of this information for your thesis

Example: -forced teaming, pathos, humor, hyperbole, contingency, logos.
Purpose: to convince people to help with the crisis in Haiti
Author: George Clooney
Context: a script from a public service announcement 2. Introduce the topic: Clearly communicate the author, context, and purpose in one statement

Example: In his public service announcement, George Clooney tries to convince his audience to help out with the crisis in Haiti Pick the strategies you will discuss.
Example: -forced teaming, pathos, humor, hyperbole, contingency, logos. PLAY by PLAY:
How to write a thesis statement. 3. Add your main points: After you’ve stated the intro information, use a transition phrases like “by using” and then list the main points (or rhetorical strategies) you will make in your paper. This gives your reader and idea of what to expect so that when the get there, they are not confused.

Example: In his public service announcement, George Clooney tries to convince his audience to help out with the crisis in Haiti by using pathos, humor, and contingency. PLAY by PLAY:
How to write a thesis statement. 8/9 5/9 2/9 How a writer or speaker persuades his or her audience using specific techniques. RHETORIC Subject/Ideas Reader/Audience Writer/Speaker REMEMBER THE RHETORICAL TRIANGLE!
THEY ARE ALL CONNECTED AND IMPORTANT! What choices did the writer or speaker make in how they communicate their ideas? THE BIG ? Is when we talk about what tools and tricks we see the writer using and explain what effect they have on the audience. Rhetorical Analysis The tools and tricks that writers use to persuade their audience to agree with their argument. Rhetorical Devices Things like:
Similes, metaphors
Tone, Imagery
Emotional appeals
…and many more! Rhetorical Devices Not so much what they say as… HOW
SAY IT! REMEMBER NOT SURE WHAT TO DO? The basic construction should look something like this: For each strategy you write about,
1. Name the strategy being used.
2. Quote an example of the strategy being used in the text.
3. Explain how the strategy works, what effect it has on the audience, and why the author chose this strategy.
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