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Essay 2: Rhetorical Analysis
This writing project is designed to immerse you in the writing published by and for members of your chosen academic field. You will select an article that is related to your discipline and write a rhetorical analysis of three double-spaced pages or about 650-700 words. Your analysis will not only restate what the author writes but also explain how and why the author writes.
Guidelines: As you are reading try to bear the following questions in mind and discover about which rhetorical feature you have more to say. This would help you to develop a focus of theme for your paper. You can use any of the questions as the focus/theme in your paper. Try to avoid addressing all of them. Use one as your dominant theme and incorporate others as subordinating/supportive points or details. The areas in the questions may overlap to some extent, so feel free to move across the boundaries when proper, and only when proper, but still keep one rhetorical aspect as the dominant theme for your paper.
Questions to Consider:
1. Who is the author of the text? What credibility does the author have to address the topic? Is it possible that the author’s background may have impact on the perspective/standpoint/argument in his/her writing?
2. What is the author’s purpose for publishing this article? Does the author write primarily to analyze, explain, report, argue, propose, or recommend?
3. What is the main point/argument of the text, according to your understanding?
4. How much research and evidence are used? What kinds of research and evidence are used? What specific effects can you see in the presentation of research finding and/or evidence? Describe the rhetorical effectiveness based on your understanding.
5. Is there any explanation of methodology or models for the research findings? If so, how does the author explain and validate them?
6. Is there any review and assessment of publications by other researchers? If so, how does the author review and assess them (e.g., in what tone/stance, words, or textual structure)?
7. How does the author arrange his/her text? Does he/she use signposts to help the audience follow the text? Without them, would the written text be as effective as it is?
8. How is the text presented? Are visual design elements used (headings, boldface, fonts, white space, etc.)? Does the author include graphic elements (pictures, graphs, charts, etc.)?
9. Who is the target audience? What is the author’s relationship to the intended audience? What assumptions about his/her audience may the author hold?
The introduction. In the opening paragraph of your analysis, introduce the author, the title of the original text, and the main purpose of the text, according to your understanding. Then write your thesis statement in one or two sentences. It should indicate your understanding of the whole text, for example, its central idea, and tell your reader what your essay is about. Please note that oftentimes, the thesis statement is not formed until after you have almost finished the body paragraphs.
The body paragraph(s). This part shows your close examination of the text. Briefly sum up the supporting points and the ways the author develops them, for example, uses of evidence/example/data. You can use one or two sentences on how a point is developed. Or you can sum up all major points in one or two sentences and then select the most important evidence/examples/data to show how the author develops them. Writing this part depends largely on how you digest and present information.
The conclusion. End your essay properly by corresponding to your thesis statement of your central idea in the opening paragraph and what you have said in your body paragraphs. You can also consider quoting the author briefly to strengthen your conclusion.
Add a separate page of Works Cited by using MLA to identify the article.
Try to use this theses you may reword or redo it
In the article "pain management knowledge and attitudes of baccalaureate nursing"
Gloria Duke, Barbara K. Hass, Susan Yarbrough and Sally Northam; Explained the purpose of the article with their analyzation and the questions and the purpose of the whole study. through out the article the author of the text gives their credibility of the topic he or she is presenting. With their background information, they will give a more in depth description of the certain topic they are talking about.
Essay 2: Rhetorical Analysis
This writing project is designed to immerse you in the writing published by and for members of your chosen academic field. You will select an article that is related to your discipline and write a rhetorical analysis of three double-spaced pages or about 650-700 words.