Explain the effect that using the rhetorical strategy in each example would likely have on a reader.
Rhetorical analysis For this assignment, you will be producing a rhetorical analysis of a text of your choice from the texts listed below. A rhetorical analysis asks you to explain the text’s persuasive strategy—that is, the rhetorical moves and appeals (ethos, pathos, logos, etc.) that the “author” uses to influence a particular audience, the intended effects of using those moves, and how, overall, the text works to persuade the audience
Jean M. Twenge – “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation”
This unit will serve as an introduction to (or review of, depending on your background) rhetorical analysis, which not only will be necessary for all other major assignments in this course, but should also open your eyes to the texts we encounter in our everyday lives, and the subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) ways in which they try to persuade us.
Summary should include:
unbiased (doesn’t include student’s opinion)
Must include a clear, focused thesis (a statement about who the audience is, how the author attempts to persuade their audience, and the intended effect of that approach)
One way to format this could be: “Throughout their essay, the author attempts to persuade ___(audience)______ by using ______(rhetorical strategy)_____ in order to make his audience ____intended effect____.
Example: In Tesla’s commercial, Gallons of Light, Tesla attempts to persuade upper-class, nature loving families to buy a model S car. By placing emphasis on bright nature images, appealing to the audience’s of travel, and showing a happy family on a road trip, they reassure their audience that if they buy a Telsa, they, too, can have a happy, environmentally friendly, nuclear family.
Watch: Rhetoric & Rhetorical Situation LectureRead: A Guide to Rhetoric Sections: 2.3, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, and 6.4
You will be assigned two words from this list; your name will appear next to the words you are assigned. In about 200 words, explain what each word is, why an author might use each as a persuasive strategy, and provide an example of each in use. These examples can be made up by you, or can be a quotes from a specific text. Explain the effect that using the rhetorical strategy in each example would likely have on a reader. End your post with two questions your peers can reply to.
After writing your original post, reply to at least two peers in 150 words each by answering the questions they posed.
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