Project 1-Rhetorical Analysis (Collaborative Project)

Purpose for assigning the rhetorical analysis essay: Rhetorical analysis is a way of carefully examining texts (written and visual) to understand how and how well they work to move or persuade an audience.

  • To use rhetorical analysis to understand and evaluate arguments in texts
  • To use rhetorical analysis to formulate strategies and make decisions about writing tasks

Assignment description: This is a collaborative project; you will be working in groups of two or three individuals to create a rhetorical analysis of a famous American speech of your choosing (no Martin Luther King, Jr. and no Abe Lincoln! Sorry!). Click here for a speech bank of work that is after 1865: American Rhetoric Speech Bank and you can look here for ideas for older speeches: Famous Early American Orators

Each collaborator will be responsible for drafting and turning in a portion of the essay at intervals in weeks 3 & 4. You will need to decide amongst yourselves which portion of the essay you will be responsible for drafting. Your role in this capacity will be lead author. The drafting sequence that follows does not take into account drafting for the introduction and the conclusion. You still NEED to have an introduction and a conclusion. You will also need to have a title page, in-text citations, and references.

  • What is the purpose of this argument? What did it hope to achieve?
  • Was this speech effective? How do you know?
  • Who was the speaker?
  • Who was the audience for this argument?
  • Thinking about the historical context, what are the social, political, and economic factors that influenced the rhetorical situation?
  • How does the speaker use ethos, pathos and logos to achieve his/her purpose?
  • What are other important elements of the speech?
  • How does the language or style of the argument work to persuade an audience? (Lunsford & Ruszkiewicz, 2013, pgs. 92-93)

Things to Consider

  • Though this is a collaborative writing project with multiple authors, the final draft product will need to present as a unified, cohesive essay with an introduction, body, and conclusion. Collaborators will need to work together to minimize differences in writing styles and word choice and to create appropriate transitions between ideas and sections of the essay.
  • Though this is a collaborative writing project, at the end of the day, each of you will be getting a grade that is yours and yours alone. So, be certain to do your fair share of the work and help your teammates succeed.
  • Donít sell yourself short by not realizing that you bring to this project a unique set of skills, experiences, and ways of seeing the world.
  • I will be working with each team. If you run into problems or you are concerned about one of your team members, keep me in the loop and we can up with a solution.

Assignment Specifics: Process, Collaboration & Self-Evaluation, and Final Draft

  • Process (80 points total) - the assignment will be drafted in stages
    • Choosing a team (1/26)
    • Choosing a speech and choosing roles (1/28)
    • Prewriting
    • Stage 1 Drafting -Initial Summary and purpose of speech (2/2) (10 points)
      • Lead Author 1 drafts this section
      • Collaborators offer feedback and commentary
      • (if this group is a pair -- you can both be Lead Authors)
    • Stage 2 Drafting -Audience and Historical Context (2/5) (10 points)
      • Lead Author 2 drafts this section
      • Collaborators offer feedback and commentary
    • Stage 3 Drafting -Ethos, Pathos, Logos and Language & Style (2/5) (10 points)
      • Lead Author 3 drafts this section
      • Collaborators offer feedback and commentary
    • 1 Required Office Hour visit (1/25-2/11 Your choice) (10 points)
    • 1 Required Writing Center visit (by 2/11) (10 points)
    • 1st Rough draft/Peer Review (2/11) (20 points)
  • Collaboration & Self-Evaluation Checkpoints (20 points total)
    • Checkpoint 1
    • Checkpoint 2
  • Final Draft (100 points)
    • Page Number Requirements
      • Pairs - Final Draft at least 6 full pages in length not counting the title page and references
      • Trios - Final Draft at least 7 full pages in length not counting the title page and references
    • APA guidelines and citation system
    • Source Requirements
      • 1 primary source (the speech)
      • Pairs - 2 secondary sources needs to cited in the text of the paper
      • Trios - 3 secondary sources needs to cited in the text of the paper
    • References -- sources listed on reference page should reflect what is cited in-text