Analyzing. Analyzing.

Can you help me understand this English question?

Part One: Watch “What I Learned from 100 Days of Rejection” #TEDTALK and write an expanded rhetorical analysis of the video .

When writing a rhetorical analysis, you are not expressing your own views about the issue. Instead, you are focusing on the techniques the author uses to persuade the audience and discussing whether these methods are successful.

  • You will need an intro (this can be creative!), a thesis statement, and a conclusion (this can be also creative. You do not need to repeat everything you have already written in the essay). This essay should be at least five paragraphs and a minimum of 900words.
  • Use quotes and examples from THROUGHOUT the article or video to support your claims. You will not need to use LONG quotes. I am most interested in your writing!
  • The thesis statement will most likely stem from these questions: Is this a convincing argument? Why? What does the rhetor do well? How could the rhetor have made this a more convincing or more substantial argument? How effectively does the author use two or more of the rhetorical principles to further the argument or persuade the audience? You will need to focus on two or three of the concepts or appeals and show how they intersect to provide a successful (or unsuccessful) argument. By focusing on a few concepts, this should allow you to delve further into the analysis.
  • You must include a Works Cited page and the correct in-text citation. As well, all quotes must be integrated.
  • Most likely, this essay will be written in third person. However, if you choose to write a creative intro and/or conclusion, these might be in first person. DO NOT USE 2ndPERSON.
  • Be conscious of which tense you are using. Note: Present tense is often chosen by writers when integrating sources.
  • The Works Cited and the header should not be included in the Word Count.

Part 2 – Revision Reflection:Write a reflection of the revision process you used for writing this essay. Analyze the changes you have made throughout the drafts. (I suggest that you have at least three drafts. As well, you may need to create an outline. Of course, these are suggestions, not requirements.)

As well, you may want to reflect on this question: How can you apply the ideas you learned from analyzing somebody else’s argument to improve your own rhetorical skills?

Required: Part 2 must be at least 300 words. If you do not include Part 2, you cannot pass the Rhetorical Analysis Project!



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