• For today's freewrite, explain the connection between your topic and freedom, but be sure to include something that addresses how this connection may have changed over time.


  • Let's take some time to discuss the freedom aspect of this assignment and how it should be addressed.

Visual Rhetoric

  • For this portfolio, you will be constructing a visual presentation to accompany your research paper. Let's first look at some examples of visual rhetoric. What point is being made in each example? Is the artist/creator using ethos, pathos, or logos (or a mixture)? What effect will this likely have on its intended audience?

Activity: Get into groups of 3. Choose any image that we've just looked at and analyze the visual rhetoric involved. (Please note that this is not a political exercise. Don't choose an image because you agree with its contents. Choose an image that you find striking and effective for its intended audience. This is an exercise in critical thinking and analysis, not an exercise in outing our political/ideological beliefs.) Use page 67 in the IGW as a guide. In addition, you also want to consider:

  1. The colors - Is there underlying symbolism in the colors chosen?
  2. Visual organization - where is the focal point of the image? Why do you think it was placed where it is? What about the relationship between the main visual and the secondary visuals?
  3. Font choice - What message does the style of the font convey? What about the size, placement, angle, color, etc.? And what does it mean if there is no wording?
  4. Finally, what is the argument being made? Who is the audience for this visual rhetoric? What kind of appeal is it making (ethos/pathos/logos)?
  5. Come up with a thesis statement for this image. Think about this visual rhetoric as accompanying a research paper like your own. What could be the original thesis statement this artist/author is working from?
    • Presentations: What did we find? How can we apply this to our own visual rhetoric pieces?


  • Continue working on your essays; the shitty first draft is due Friday!
    • Be sure to consider what elements of your research best translate visually as you compose your draft.