For this assignment, you will compose a rhetorical analysis essay that identifies and analyzes the effectiveness of an author’s specific rhetorical strategies in one of the texts listed below.

ENG 111-Fa 2020
Core Project 2: Rhetorical Analysis Essay
Debbie Lee
Assignment Snapshot
Mode Essay
Research requirements Choose from the texts listed below, must be cited multiple times
Format style MLA (Little Seagull green section, page 119)
Must include a works cited page.
Length 2+ pages (must extend to page 3, excluding works cited)
Due dates on Course
Calendar
Required SMARTHINKING feedback: Turn in your feedback from Smarthinking as a
journal entry.


Task: A rhetorical analysis is a close examination of how an author uses word choice, form, supporting
evidence, and rhetorical techniques to achieve a tone and purpose. For this assignment, you will compose a
rhetorical analysis essay that identifies and analyzes the effectiveness of an author’s specific rhetorical
strategies in one of the texts listed below. The essay must include a thesis statement that makes a claim.


Texts: (choose one)
“When Should a Child Be Taken From His Parents?” by Larissa Macfarquar, p. 51
“Education: Attentional Disarray” by Sherry Turkle, p. 178
“Serving in Florida” by Barbara Ehrenreich, p. 368
Additional Guidelines:
o This essay should include an introduction that provides an overview of the text you plan to analyze and
ends with a thesis statement that guides the organization of the essay.
o Each body paragraph should begin with a topic sentence that states the main idea of that paragraph.
o Each paragraph should include supporting evidence that relates to the main idea of that paragraph.
o Supporting evidence should be integrated using the quote sandwich format—signal phrase, quote,
explanation.


o Your essay should maintain an academic tone. Avoid statements such as “I think” or “I believe,” or “I
feel as if.” Also avoid self-referential statements like “This essay will be about…,” “My first supporting
detail is….,” and “This quote means….”
o Check your grammar, punctuation, and formatting.
What to Submit:
Final Draft on TurnItIn link on Moodle page and feedback from Smarthinking as a Journal entry.


Final Draft on TurnItIn link on Moodle page and feedback from Smarthinking as a Journal entry.

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