Due Date: Friday, May 28
Length: 700-800 words
ENGL 151 Rhetorical Analysis Assignment
Due Date: Friday, May
Length: 700-800 words
Applying the skills and information you’ve learned to this point in the class, you will create a 4-6 paragraph analysis of Grant Mitchell’s argument in “It’s Time to Enshrine the Rights and Protections of Transgender Canadians.” The basis of your rhetorical analysis will be your judgment of the effectiveness of Mitchell’s argument, and you will support your judgment by analyzing some of the rhetorical appeals he makes. I expect your analysis to be thorough, well-reasoned, and concise. Don’t waste space with empty words.
Your analysis should have a strong, clear structure. As a guide, consider the outline shown in the “Structure” section of this handout.
· Begin with a close, critical reading of the article
· Determine the author’s purpose and audience
· Look for various rhetorical appeals (logos, pathos, ethos) throughout the essay; for each, determine what effect it was supposed to have on readers and decide whether you think it would be effective
· Develop an opinion on the overall effectiveness of the essay: does it achieve its purpose?
· You may have a complex answer to this question; perhaps it achieves its purpose in some respects but fails in others. As long as you can articulate your position clearly, a complex answer is just fine.
· Make a list of 2-4 major reasons that the argument was effective or ineffective
· You must limit your discussion to rhetorical appeals (logos, pathos, ethos), but you are not required to discuss all three types. You might, for example, devote two paragraphs to Mitchell’s logos appeals and decide that his pathos appeals aren’t important enough to include in your analysis (don’t forget: it’s your analysis).
· Before you begin drafting, editing, and revising the essay, you should create an outline, following the structure below.
· Introduces topic in an interesting manner (1-2 sentences)
· Explains the original author’s purpose and audience
· Provides a thesis statement that includes your overall opinion about the effectiveness of the argument, as well as brief mention of the major ideas you will discuss to support your thesis
Body Paragraphs (2-4)
· Begin with a topic sentence (which provides your claim and reason)
· Then develop your claim with a mixture of textual evidence and analysis/warrants (see the “CREW Paragraph Development” lecture video for a sample)
· Begins with a re-worded thesis statement
· Reviews major ideas discussed in the body paragraphs
· Leaves readers with a lasting thought about the reading, the argument, or the topic
· A list of the texts cited in your analysis (should be only one), using APA guidelines
Your assignment should be formatted according to APA 7th edition guidelines, and you must cite both quotations and paraphrasing in APA style, which includes a References list.
You must practice academic honesty by acknowledging when you use the words and/or the ideas of another author.
· All borrowed material must be cited using APA style
· Paraphrasing must be significantly re-worded from the original material
· All quotation must be under 40 words long
Submit your completed assignment to the appropriate Assignments drop box on D2L before 11:59pm on Friday, May 29.
Grade Component (Weight)
Well Below Expectations (50-59%)
Developing Twd. Expectations
Meets Expectations (70-80%)
Exceeds Expectations (81%+)
Academic Honesty and Format
-Essay follows APA format guidelines as reflected in the text and discussed in class
-Proper APA References list
-APA in-text citations are sufficient, properly formatted
Use and Integration of Evidence
-All claims are supported with evidence from the text
-Evidence is relevant, concrete, and sufficiently detailed to support the claim
-Evidence is smoothly integrated into the text, using a variety of techniques and approaches
-Evidence is accurate/correct
-All evidence analyzed/explained thoroughly; analysis displays deep thinking (no superficial discussion)
-Links between evidence and claims are clear, strong
-Analysis is accurate, does not misrepresent evidence
Structure and Organization
-Thesis statement is correctly placed, and presents a clear, compelling argument
-All body paragraphs begin with a clear topic sentence that fully captures the discussion in the paragraph
-Topic sentences are connected to the overall thesis
-Paragraphs are unified (one topic), coherent (flow logically and smoothly)
-Conclusion paragraph begins with a re-worded thesis statement and wraps up in a satisfying way
Style and Clarity
-Free from informal language (slang, colloquialism, contractions, first-person and second-person pronouns)
-Sentence construction is sound and varied (different lengths, organizations, parallel structure)
-Transitional words/phrases smoothly connect sentences and/or indicate relationships to one another
-Writer chooses words accurately and appropriately
-Writing is concise (no wordiness) and precise (no vagueness)
-Free from fragments, comma splices, fused sentences
-Free from spelling errors
-Nearly free from grammatical errors (eg. Subj.-verb agreement, pronoun reference, incorrect tense)
-Nearly free from mechanical errors (typing errors, missing words, capitalization errors)
-Punctuation is used properly (very few minor errors)