I Am Not Your Negro(Documentary)

English Composition IIEssay Three: Rhetorical Analysis ArgumentValue: 150 pointsGoal:Within a text, an argument exists that may contain claims, sub-claims, evidence, and appeals. Tounderstand the texts argument and rhetorical situation, a reader/writer should recognize andsummarize the claim(s) as well as analyze the evidence provided. Moreover, this analysis shouldinclude an evaluation of the rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, and logos), which should providemerit to the texts overall persuasive context and nature. Further analysis may include thediscussion of shared values and warrants to strengthen the evaluation.Writing Prompts and Rhetorical Situations:Option 1: Choose a documentary film that focuses on an issue and argues a position.Study the film you have chosen and write a rhetorical analysis argument essay. You canfind documentary films from various places: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/ or Filmson Demand (via the Library). For Films on Demand, you will have to enter yourOCCC Login and Password to access the films, unless you are on campus.Option 2: From the textbook, choose an essay, poem, comic, image, or other thematicgenre that focuses on an issue and argues a position. Study the text you have chosen andwrite a rhetorical analysis argument essay. While any reading selection in the textbookwill work for a topic idea, you might decide to focus on one of the issues listed in theTable of Contents: Education and Society; Family Life and Gender Roles; History,Culture, and Civilization; Government, Politics, and Social Justice; Business andEconomics; Media and Popular Culture; Literature and the Arts; Philosophy, Ethics, andReligions; Health and Medicine; or Science and Technology.Follow a Writing Process: Before writing the essay, make use of invention techniques to begin identifying theclaims, evidence, contexts (social, political, cultural, and economic) and rhetoricalappeals within the text Planning includes identifying positions, establishing main ideas (or topic sentences) foreach paragraph, supporting each paragraph with appropriate evidence, and creating ideasfor the introductory and concluding paragraphs. Draft and revise the essay as needed or as directed by professorMethod of Organization:Introduction: Introduce the author and the work, briefly provide a one-two sentencesummary of the work, and then provide a thesis statement that includes how effective orineffective this work is to an audienceEH Division 2Body Sections:Section I: What is the context? Is it political, social, cultural, religious, or economic?What makes it this way? Provide examples from the text to support your ideas.Section II: What is the overall message? What is the author trying to say or what issues ishe/she addressing? Do you agree or disagree with this message? In this section, you willintroduce a source of authority who agrees with you about the message.Section III: What are the appeals of the text? Is the text heavy in pathos, ethos, or logos?Does a balance exist? Does the writer use any of the rhetorical appeals unethically? Didyou notice any logical fallacies? Are there areas where you agree or disagree with howthe rhetorical appeals are being used?Conclusion: Summarize your main ideas and conclude with a final evaluation orjudgment of the authors work. Consider ending with a question or a quotation to engagethe reader.Requirements: MLA format 4-5 pages (double spaced) In-text citations in the body of your essay Works Cited page with your credible sources A minimum of two sources Invention techniques, planning and organizational structure, rough draft, revisionmaterial, and final draft


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