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Purpose: A close reader of the world looks beneath the surface of behavior and language and explores instances of communication as rhetorical events rich with meaning. The purpose of this assignment is to analyze the article Concealed Carry Weapon Permits: A Second Amendment Right or a Recipe for Disaster on Our Nation’s Campuses? and identify and discuss the writer’s rhetorical decisions and their impacts. Rather than state whether you believe the article is “good” or “bad”, or whether you liked it or not, apply a close reading of the text.

I. Written Essay

Craft a coherent rhetorical analysis essay that includes the following two components:

  • Very brief summary of the article
  • Close reading of the work

For the summary portion (1), rather than describe everything in the article, very briefly share only the main points of the article. The summary should be no more than a brief paragraph. In your close reading (2)—the heart of this assignment—you should include and provide evidence for the following information:

  • Who is the author? (name, title, and credentials)
  • Where was the article published? (newspaper/magazine/website title)
  • What is the purpose and goal of the article?
  • Who is the intended audience of the article?
  • Must have a thesis statement with 2 or 3 points
  • How does the author use rhetorical appeals, and for what purpose?
    • Ethos: appeals to the character/expertise of the writer and cited authorities
    • Logos: appeals based on logic, reasoning, and relevant evidence
    • Pathos: appeals to the beliefs, emotions, and values of the audience
  • What rhetorical choices does the author make to achieve his/her goals and was the author successful?
    • Diction, figurative language, tone, organization, length
  • What evidence (if any) does the author provide to support her/his claims? (Total of 6 quotes from article)
  • Where does this evidence come from?
  • What research might the author have conducted before writing the article?
  • What information does the author not include in the article, and why?
  • Is the author biased in any way?
  • Is the article trustworthy?

II. Requirements

It is critical that you provide the reasoning for all of your analytical claims involving the article.

Be sure to support all of your analytical points with specific evidence from the article, which will help your audience comprehend and support your rhetorical analysis. Since your audience has learned about the elements of a rhetorical situation (e.g. audience, purpose, context, genre) and rhetorical appeals (e.g. ethos, logos, pathos), you do not need to define these concepts in your essay.

Format requirements: MS Word (.doc) following:

  • Times New Roman, 12 points
  • Double Spaced
  • 2 to 2 ½ pages for full credit
  • Use the cover page attached/must be submitted online & printed (submit the same paper both online & print)
  • Before you submit your essay, re-read your writing, preferably aloud, to detect ideas that need to be tightened and/or reorganized for clarity.
  • Do not forget to use your Signal Phrases
  • Follow the example discussed in class (Rhetorical Analysis Sample Essay) Your essay should be structured in that format.

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