Rhetorical research | English homework help

A note on choosing a second source: I really do  think the extended metaphor of “voices in a conversation” applies to  finding another source related to our topic. Let’s say you were  interested in researching and writing about the effects of World War II  on Corvallis, Oregon (a suitably narrow, specific, and not over-studied  topic, and thus a good one for our project!). One way of finding another  source, perhaps, would simply be to type some search terms in google,  or in the 1search bar at the OSU Library website. In other words, you  could just do the search all over again. But, another, and perhaps a  smarter way to find another “voice in the conversation” would be to  which voices that source is responding. I recommend checking out the  references within the source you analyzed for Rhetorical Research 1. Who  does that source mention? Who does that source cite? There are related  sources right there! (On the other hand, Google Scholar allows you to  see a list of works that have cited a source since it was published. So,  for instance, if I could find “The Effects of World War Two on  Corvallis, Oregon” by H.G. Egglestein on Google Scholar—an entirely  made-up source, by the way—it would generate a list of sources that have  cited, and as such, responded to that initial source.


At the start of your research into your Informed Rhetorical Argument  topic, you will write a rhetorical description of an argument that  interests you.

Write a brief, 1-2 page (2 pages maximum), double spaced, 12 point font, rhetorical description of a source[1] that interests you. You should try to find a source that is on the topic/issue which you will pursue for the next seven week.

This assignment essentially has three steps.

FIRST: Begin with an MLA formatted Works Cited entry for your source

SECOND: Write one paragraph which  meets the criteria for Rhetorical Precis. The short length and  fill-in-the-blank nature of a précis can be misleading, but don’t be  fooled: it requires time, careful reading, careful thinking, and careful  revising to compose one of these successfully. This paragraph should follow the Rhetorical Precis TemplatePreview the document as exactly as possible.

THIRD: Write one to two paragraphs  which evaluate the effectiveness of the author’s use of the rhetorical  appeals of ethos, logos, pathos and kairos. Would this argument be  compelling/convincing for the intended audience? If yes, what appeals  are functioning most prominently? If not, which appeals are falling  short of their aim? Root your analysis in SPECIFIC moments from your  article, using direct quotations and references as appropriate. Make  sure you link your evaluations explicitly to the rhetorical appeals  which they involve.

FORM: Please download the Rhetorical Precis TemplatePreview the document and  fill in the bracketed, highlighted sections as appropriate. When you  insert the appropriate information, please make sure to remove the  brackets and highlighting.

EXPECTATIONS: You will be evaluated on whether or not your Works  Cited citation is formatted properly in MLA format. You will be  evaluated on how thoroughly and concisely your precis articulates the  source’s argument, support, and rhetorical situation. You will also be  evaluated on how well your rhetorical analysis paragraphs evaluate the  article’s effectiveness in using, ethos, logos, pathos, kairos,  depending on its rhetorical situation (audience, author, purpose and  context). Good analytical paragraphs must include  SPECIFIC moments from your article, using direct quotations and  references as appropriate. Make sure you link your evaluations  explicitly to the rhetorical appeals which they involve.

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MLA citations: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/1/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Rhetorical Precis Template: Rhetorical Precis Template.docxPreview the document

Sample Precis:Sample Precis.docx

For  this assignment, “source” can be interpreted very broadly. You might  choose a blog entry, a BuzzFeed article, or even a Tweet or Facebook  post. However, the less complex a source or a voice is, the more complex  I expect your analysis of it.

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