Writer’s Letter: Rhetorical Analysis

In addition to your revised draft of the rhetorical analysis paper, I ask that you compose and publish a writer’s letter to our course blog: one in which you reflect on the revision process by tangibly identifying how you redrafted your paper, drawing on the insights of peer review, course content, large-group discussion, and/or office hours meetings.

I hope to leave this prompt relatively open on the condition that you make a concerted effort to name, articulate, and unpack the precise ways in which you’ve revised your paper. Still, I encourage you to make a plan for yourself going forward, identifying where in your paper you have room for improvement and how you would address those points of growth in another round of revisions.

Like your literacy narrative, please do recall that you may submit multiple revisions of your rhetorical analysis at any point in the semester, each of which will overwrite the grade of the former and include additional feedback from yours truly.

Guided Questions

In terms of past revisions and future points of growth, ask yourself, did you OR will you—

  • underscore the exigence or purpose of your paper?
  • link your controlling idea to the argumentative focus of each paragraph?
  • build a strong sense of coherence from one paragraph to the next?
  • support your analysis with evidence from your two artifacts?
  • integrate and frame direct quotes from each of your artifacts?
  • analyze direct quotes in regard to rhetorical intent, audience, and effect?
  • unpack rhetorical devices & genre conventions as part of your analysis?
  • synthesize multiple analytical claims into broader arguments?
  • roadmap your argument for readers in your introduction?
  • signpost readers to the sequential logic of your argument? (e.g. topic sentences, bridge sentences, transition terms and phrases)
  • draft your sentence-level prose with clarity, care, and style?
  • make effective use of a documentation style? (e.g. MLA, APA, Chicago)

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