Archive for ‘Rhetorical Analyses’

Assignment for Monday February 22

0 Commentsby   |  02.20.10  |  Interpretation and Purpose, Rhetorical Analyses, Short Stories

For Monday, please print a copy of “The Lottery” from the Link below and read the story before class. I encourage you to annotate your copy of the text—underline key lines or phrases, write notes in the margin, identify key themes, and be able to articulate the purpose of the story.

If you would like to replace your grade on an RA you may have missed, you may upload an RA on “The Lottery” to the Files Dropbox before class on Monday, or you may turn in a hard copy in class on Monday.

“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson

Writing Assignment for Friday Feb 19

0 Commentsby   |  02.18.10  |  Interpretation and Purpose, Nonfiction (Essays), Rhetoric & Persuasion (Argument), Rhetorical Analyses

Linked below is an excerpt from a book-length work of nonfiction by Annie Dillard titled An American Childhood.  I would like you to treat this piece as if it were a complete essay for the RA due on Friday February 19:

from An American Childhood

When reading, consider the rhetorical strategy of the essay, the essay’s primary argument, and pay particular attention to the identity of the speaker.  This work also takes a major turn at one point in the essay that significantly changes the interpretive landscape of the piece.

Poetry Analysis


0 Commentsby   |  01.24.10  |  Announcements, Interpretation and Purpose, Poetry, Rhetorical Analyses

Part of the reading assignment for Monday includes poetry.  Poetry analysis may be new to most undergraduates, so to help you become more comfortable when writing about poetry, please read this Two Page Handout on Poetry Analysis.

Uploading Documents to Files

0 Commentsby   |  01.22.10  |  Announcements, Other Resources, Rhetorical Analyses

To upload an RA or essay to Files, click on the Files icon for ENGL 112.08 shown in the Courses section of your MyACUpage.  The Files icon has an image of an open folder with a checkmark on the outside cover page:


In Files, you should see a folder called “Dropbox.”  Double-click on the Dropbox folder.  Then, you should see an icon on the right side of the screen called “Upload.”  Click on the Upload icon and upload the file from your computer that contains your rhetorical analysis.

Please save your work in Microsoft Word format before submitting your file.  The electronic version of your work should have the same formatting as you would use when turning in a hard copy.

Let me know if you have any trouble using Files, and I would be glad to help.

Post to the Blog by Email (Postie)

0 Commentsby   |  01.22.10  |  Announcements, Other Resources, Rhetorical Analyses

To post an entry to the Class Blog, I believe the only option is to use the Postie feature. All you do is place your writing content in an email and send it to:

Some guidelines for blog posts:

  • Please write an original title for your post in the subject line of your email.
  • Please write about only the texts assigned as course readings. Consider posting RAs to the blog to get feedback on your writing or start a conversation about a text.
  • This is a way to publish your writing to the class. Please edit your language using the same care you would use in writing any essay for a grade.
  • If you use quotes or refer to details from a text, please cite the page numbers (for stories) or line numbers (for poetry) just like you would in an essay.
  • Use paragraphs (and topic sentences for paragraphs) in the same way you would for an RA or essay.
  • You may include images in your post, but they must be appropriate and applicable to the literary text you are writing about.
  • Feel free to include a copy of an RA or an essay as an attachment to the email.

See also ACU’s Guidelines and Best Practices on blog posts.

Rhetorical Analysis Guidelines

by   |  01.13.10  |  Rhetoric & Persuasion (Argument), Rhetorical Analyses

Be sure to read the Rhetorical Analysis Guidelines linked to the Pages sidebar of the blog.

An example rhetorical analysis is available on this link: Example Rhetorical Analysis.

NOTE: You should not do any research when writing a rhetorical analysis.  For rhetorical analyses—and for your first two major essays—I want to read only what you find interesting from your own engagement with the text.  Please do not refer to or quote any source outside of the text about which you are writing.  Stay focused on the work you are reading.