EN 300 L: Essay #1 (75 points): Rhetorical Analysis
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: Thursday, September 6
Choose any essay from either of our textbooks,
outside of GR Chapters 1, 2, and 6.
For best results, choose an essay you feel is either very strong or very weak. Write a rhetorical
analysis of the essay (rhetorical analysis is detailed in Chapter 6), using the critical vocabulary
we have discussed in class (including such terms as audience, logos, ethos and pathos). Do NOT
explain whether you think the essayâ€™s argument is â€œrightâ€ or â€œwrong,â€ but rather discuss how
well or poorly it makes its argument. Use specific examples from the text to back up your ideas.
Cite the essay in MLA format (unless youâ€™ve spoken to me about using another format). The
citation model for an essay from either of our textbooks is #28 on page 255. Write at least 750
words, and include an additional works cited page.
: Your audience for this essay is a class of University Juniors and Seniors who are
interested in argument and writing, but who probably have not read the essay you are analyzing.
Thesis: The point youâ€™re making about the essay youâ€™re analyzing should be clear,
focused and specific â€“ 15 points
Detail and Analysis: Your essay should carefully analyze the essay, including (but not
limited to) its use of logos, ethos, and pathos â€“ 40 points
Clarity and Organization: Your essay should be carefully organized and easy to follow
and understand â€“ 10 points