Session 5 Reading Assignment: Rhetorical Analysis Links
To prepare for Writing Project 2, the Rhetorical Analysis of your class’s core reading, please review the links in the box below.
HINT: View this handout online, rather than printing it off, so that you can use Control + Click to go directly to the suggested websites and read them online.
This link to the University of British Columbia Writing Centre provides useful brainstorming questions for performing a rhetorical analysis. Be sure to click on both the “Critical Reading” and “Critical Writing” links.
This link from Arizona State University provides a chart defining the “rhetorical triangle” and the three appeals (logos, ethos, and pathos), with definitions and examples. Understanding these terms can be helpful in determining whether and how your core reading uses these appeals.
This link from Iowa State University provides some helpful questions to help you focus your analysis and generate ideas. Click on the link on the right side of the page to see a good sample rhetorical analysis paper, too.
This YouTube clip is just for fun, demonstrating the difference between pathos, logos, and ethos with funny break-up letters.
Sample papers. Your instructor may make sample Rhetorical Analysis papers from previous semesters available to you in the Resources area. Check the Announcements page, check the Resources area (Sample Papers folder), or contact your instructor for more information.