WRIT 1133 FALL 2015




Assignment 1- For this assignment, you will be provided with a choice of several articles. Your job, once you have chosen the material (article), will be twofold:

1.) summarize the main thrust of the piece; identify the type of audience for which the writer(s) had intended the piece, and identify the main rhetorical thrust of the piece while giving salient examples and explanations of your analysis;

2.) Give your best guess at what the central problem of the piece happens to be; place the ideas and intents of the article in its historical / political/ ideological context; you will have to conduct some fairly general research in order to accomplish this task.

The sources you may use for this assignment should be geared toward a general, educated audience (meaning that you may use encyclopedias and handbooks, although it is not advisable to bring in Wikipedia). (5-6 pages, rough draft 50 points; final draft 150 points.)


1.) In this portion of the essay, you will want to:

· Identify the subject and thesis of the article;

· Give a general summary of the article content;

· Give your best guess at the type of audience the writer had intended to reach / convince;

· Identify what type of rhetorical devices the writer had employed and give examples from the text of those devices being employed (quotes) – This portion is important. Use Ethos, Pathos, Logos as terms within your rhetorical analysis.

2.) In this part, you will want to:

· Identify the larger issue at hand. What is the central problem of this issue ?

· Consider the issue as existing within a historical / political / ideological context;

· This means that you will want to familiarize yourself with the time period during which the piece was written and perhaps with the author of the piece, then give a brief summary of the things that you consider the most pertinent to the issue (even if this means that you have to explain the present to your audience);

· In order to accomplish this, you may consult encyclopedias and other types of reference books / websites;

· Do not use Wikipedia for this assignment, in stead, use the encyclopedias available to you through Penrose library.

Having accomplished all of this, the writing of your essay should go smoothly enough. The organization of the essay can follow closely the bulleted points above, though you may also try to explain the context of the argument presented while outlining the thesis and audience.

You will want to describe your analysis once again in a concluding statement.

Please remember to place emphasis on your analysis and try not to take away from it through the use of scaffolding phrases. Simply state what you have found and what you think it means without detracting attention from the material.

This essay must follow MLA style and cite all of the sources used within the text as well as in a Works Cited section. If you have any questions regarding MLA that have not been addressed in class or through the sample, check OWL at Purdue for details. If you are unable to solve the issue, do email me with your question.

Sample conclusion[footnoteRef:1]: [1: While this is a draft, it should give you an idea of what a conclusion might look like.]

As seems to be apparent from the preceding material, the author has managed to explain the issue of immortality in the simplest possible terms, while also engaging the readers’ attention by invoking plenty of pathos appeals, namely those that address their dissatisfaction with their current mode of existence. Garvey’s offer of a “life more abundant” seems generous enough in its vagueness, which he also seems to prefer (6). His ethos is structured by the sermon-like ordering of the article. The type of audience for which the article was intended is a catholic one, hence the supposed logos appeals are constituent of biblical verse. Finally, Garvey invites his readers to consider his proposition of a fully lived life, without calling on a specific religious affiliation, though this, too is implied by the venue of the publication and by its expected readership. In effect, Garvey is preaching to the choir.

Works Cited (sample)[footnoteRef:2] [2: Shoot for around five sources total. Works Cited gets its own page.]

Asante, Molefi Kete. “Personhood.” Encyclopedia of African Religion. Eds. Molefi Kete Asante and Ama Mazama. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2008. Web. 17 September 2014.[footnoteRef:3] [3: This is an entry for an encyclopedia article.]

Baker, Josephine. Popular Scams. New York: Scribner, 1952. Print

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