Analysis of rhetorical artifact second draft

Week 9 – Assignment A – Writing Project 2 – Analysis of Rhetorical Artifact Second Draft Due

Make sure you’re working with your latest draft with the revised thesis. Revise the introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion paragraph based on the reading and handout tips discussed in class Friday.

  1. From Introductions to Conclusions – Handout (from From Inquiry to Academic Writing)
  2. Paragraphs – (Links to an external site.)
  3. Introductions – (Links to an external site.)
  4. Conclusions – (Links to an external site.)

Be sure you’re working with your third draft with the revised thesis and creative title draft. Make sure the ess’ay is saved as a Third Draft. This is the ess’ay I’ll give you feedback on. Post here.


Working Project #2 

The Discourse Community that was used in the first WP#1 is Volleyball Discourse Community. there is a word document to WP#1 that you can use to connect WP#2 with WP#1

Requirements For WP#2: 5 pages, MLA format (with Works Cited page) and in Google Docs

In Writing Project #1, we selected and explored a discourse community, using Swales’ 6 characteristics of a discourse community.  WP #1 provides a foundation upon which we can build our next three projects.  Our larger goal, through our work with the concept of a discourse community, is to develop audience awareness and rhetorical effectiveness.

In this project, you will analyze a text that was created by your chosen discourse community.  You will select an article, infographic, Tweet, advertisement, youtube video, song, mission statement, slogan, motto, etc. that “is aware of…the audience, and is dealing with [the audience] in some way” (Rosenwasser).  It is important that the artifact originates within the discourse community and not outside of it.  For example, the documentary “Going Clear” is a film about the religion of Scientology, but it was not created by the community itself.  If a student selected Scientology as their discourse community, it would not be appropriate to select  “Going Clear” as an artifact of Scientology.

You need to analyze the text rhetorically, via “situating the reading rhetorically” and the Aristotelian appeals of ethos, pathos, and logos.  You cannot make an argument about what the text means unless you provide the data (observations) from that artifact, so you may also need to use our 3-step analysis: observation, interpretation, and conclusion.  Because some of the aspects of both STRR and the Aristotelian appeals may overlap, feel free to order your analysis in any way it makes sense for your project.

Helpful hint: if you can select a text that is a “mechanism of communication” that employs, at least in part, that community’s “lexis,” it might be easier to analyze.

WP #2 is an es.say, so you will need a working thesis statement.  Your thesis has to do with the purpose of your es.say, which is to determine the meaning and effectiveness of the text.  Your thesis statement will likely be the answer to this question: what does the text mean, how it is used, and why does the text resonate within the discourse community?

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