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1 1301: Week 4 Critical Reading and Rhetorical Devices Mr. Labriola 9/15/2014 Section 003 and 020

2 Roadmap  Do Now  Take Roll  Questions  Reading and Analyzing Critically  Brief Assignment #3  Group Activity  Rhetorical Choices

3 Do Now  Answer the following two questions:  1. What article did you read for BA2?  2. What was your reaction to the article?

4 Questions?  Questions about the Homework?  Brief Assignment 2?  Commentary? (General comments, not specific)

5 Reading and Analyzing Critically ( E-Handbook Chap. 8 & 9) Some questions to think about:  What is the writer’s agenda—his or her unstated purpose?  Why does the writer hold these ideas or beliefs? What larger social, economic, political, or other conditions or factors may have influenced him or her?  What does the writer want readers to do—and why?  What are the writer’s qualifications for making this argument?  What reasons does the writer offer in support of his or her ideas? Are they good reasons?

6 Brief Assignment #3  Purpose: To demonstrate your ability to identify specific rhetorical choices made by a writer  Description: The major essay in this course is a rhetorical analysis. In order to write a rhetorical analysis, one of the first things you will need to do is identify some of the rhetorical choices made by the writer that you can examine in your analysis. Remember, a rhetorical analysis focuses on how a writer makes meaning. A rhetorical analysis looks at the devices or tools that a writer uses to persuade, inform, and/or entertain his or her audience. A writer, for instance, may choose to use technical jargon in a text. In a rhetorical analysis, you would examine the use of and effectiveness of that choice to use jargon. However, to determine the effectiveness of the writer’s choices, you must first determine what the writer’s purpose is and who the writer’s audience is.

7 Brief Assignment #3  For this brief assignment, using the text you will analyze for your Draft 1.1, please do the following:  Identify the audience and purpose of the piece. Be as specific as possible and support your identification with a brief explanation ( words).  Identify, list, and briefly explain at least five rhetorical choices the writer employs to reach this audience and achieve his or her purpose.  You may choose from the following: “The New Sovereignty,” Shelby Steele 450 “My Pedagogic Creed,” John Dewey 460 “The American Scholar,” Ralph Waldo Emerson 468

8 Group Activity  Who has read what article?  Steele?  Dewey?  Emerson?  Break up into groups based on the article you read (3-4 people per group)

9 Group Activity  As a group:  The Audience and purpose  Determine how you felt/reacted when reading your article  What made you feel that way?  What did the author do to provoke that?  What kind of rhetorical devices did you find?  (you can use literarydevices.net for some examples)

10 Shelby Steele, “The New Sovereignty”  Anecdote  Ethos  Pathos  Logos  dialogue  Narrator  Irony  Repetition  Allusion  Flashback  Tone  Hyperbole  Imagery  Foreshadowing  Symbolism  analogy

11 John Dewey, “My Pedagogical Creed”  Repetition  Ethos  Logos  Divisio (separate parts/categories)  Parallelism  Claim  Compare  Utopia  Tragic flaw  Point of view  Soliloquy  flashforward

12 Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The American Scholar”  metaphor  repetition  simile  parallelism  analogy  Allegory  Pathos  symbolism

13 Questions?


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