Rhetorical Analysis Essay First Draft (D1); print out and bring to the beginning of class on October 4th, 2018 (Late assignments-even one minute-will result in a 10% reduction for each day late).
Choose from one of the following topics:
Write a rhetorical analysis of the short story ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ by Edgar Allan Poe.
Write a rhetorical analysis of Abraham Lincoln’s short speech the ‘Gettysburg Address’.
Write a rhetorical analysis of the Clinton vs. Bush 1992 Debate.
Write a rhetorical analysis of “Friends with Benefits: Do Facebook Friends Provide the Same Support as Those in Real Life?” found on pages 202-205 of Writing Today.
Your Readers: Your audience will be readers who are generally unfamiliar with your original text, so you will need to provide a clear historical context and summary of the original text, as well as a comprehensive analysis of the rhetorical concepts used and employed in the original text. Ultimately this essay is to demonstrate to the reader that you understand the kinds of claims and analysis made in the original text. Provide enough evidence and clear points that the reader is able to support their own position on the subject.
Assignment Requirements: Your essay should be at least 1000 words in length (about four pages, double-spaced, size 12 font). Your essay should:
Follow a clear organization pattern related to the rhetorical analysis genre (see page 137 of Writing Today, which can be found under Course Documents)
Follow MLA formatting:
Cite any outside sources using MLA format by including in-text citations and a works cited list (outside sources not required for this essay): https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/mla_in_text_citations_the_basics.html
Consist of your own words and ideas-it should not be plagiarised