Prewriting and Primary Source Analysis

Activity #6-Rhetorical Situation, Part 2 - Historical Context

You must cite your secondary sources for all the information you present here.

This activity is designed to get you actively evaluating and assessing your primary source document. Additionally, you can use the writing you do for this activity as content for your Writing Project 3 - Critical Analysis II.

Please create a 2 page response to the following:

Explain the important factors of historical context that is associated with your primary source document. What do you need to explain to your audience so that they can understand the time, people, places, issues, and events associated with your primary source document.

One way to approach getting a handle on historical context is go through the reporter's questions:

  • Who?
  • What?
  • Where?
  • When?
  • Why?
  • How?

Another thing you can think about is what were the prevailing cultural attitudes that influenced the rhetor and intended audience for your source?

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