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May 3
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Steps for Writing Rhetorical Analysis Essays

Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 in Practice Test Rhetorical Analysis

Here is a process that may help you think more methodically and creatively (which actually is a paradox) when you are writing a rhetorical analysis essay.  Here are the two most important elements in a nutshell:

  • Precis (a fancy SOAPSTone) as your introductory paragaph
  • Body of your essay is all about What the writer has said, How the writer said it, and Why the author said it the way he/she did for his/her purpose.

  You will receive a Packet Test #2 with several rhetorical analysis essay prompts. We will be using these to practice successful analysis essays. So open the following handout and practice finding and analyzing the rhetorical elements of these essay prompts.  Steps-in-Rhetorical-Analysis-Essay-Writing

Practice Essays: Cary’s ” article about the Provincial Freeman  in Packet #2
                            Letters for  “Cocoa Cola”  In Packet #1
                            Alfred M. Green’s Speech on African Americans   
                           Florida’s Okefenokee Swamp    1999 Florida’s swamp essay             
                               Student Responses         1999 Flordia’s Swamp Student Responses

Want to read one more good student response?  Go to the first sample. It’s received an 8 score.  Notice how the student writes the precis and then moves through the essay paragraphs explaining the author’s ideas and feelings, not forgetting to insert examples and comment on how the author uses rhetorical devices in order to make her feelings about North Dakota clear and meaningful.     2010 student response for rhetorical analysis question 2 form B

May 3
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Essay Scoring Formula


This is the AP Exam scoring formula for the entire test: Mulitple-choice questions and the Synthesis, Rhetorical and Argumentative Essays.


Click on PDF file to open: AP Exam Language and Composition Scoring Sheet 2011 


Apr 19
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David Brooks on Metaphors

Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 in Practice Test Rhetorical Analysis

Remember how I have said before that rhetorical devices are a part of your every day life, you just hadn’t really stopped to look at them.  Well, here is a fun editorial on our culture of metaphors, published in the New York Times.   You can go right to the New York Times page    or you can open the following document Dave Brooks on Metaphors.       Enjoy!

Apr 5
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Rhetorical Practice Essay #3: Environmentalism

Read the prompt carefully……let me say that again… the prompt carefully. It helps you get a grasp on the excerpt before you start to read and analyze it.

Rhetorical Practice Essay #3: You will have to scroll to the question ( 2) in the test.

  Rhetorical Practice Essay #3: Environmentalism

Rhetorical Practice Essay #3 Rubric and Student Responses  

Retorical Practice Question #3 Rubric and Student Responses

Apr 4
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Rhetorical Analysis Question #1 “Slavery”

Posted on Monday, April 4, 2011 in Practice Test Rhetorical Analysis, Uncategorized

#1 “Slavery” essay  Read the essay prompt and passage and write your essay. You’ll have to scroll to Question 2.    2010 AP Questions

 Student samples for rhetorical question 2010  2010 Student Samples and Rubric

Dec 3
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Rhetorical Practice Essay #1: Nerds

Read and annotate the question very carefully. Then follow the prompt’s directions!!

Rhetorical Practice Essay #1: You will have to scroll to the question (#2) in the test. Rhetorical Practice Question #1

Rhetorical Practice Essay #1 Rubric and Student Responses :  Rhetorical Question #1: Student Responses and Rubric

Oct 19
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Rhetorical Precis: The beginning of your essay

Rhetorical analysis is sometimes hard to wrap our brains around.  So, let’s look at a formula for writing a good beginning thesis paragraph for your essays. We are going to write what is called a “precis” instead of a “thesis.” A precis for rhetorical analysis has some specific parts that are presented in a particular order, just for the rhetorical anlaysis essay.  Therefore, your answer/response to an essay question is represented “precisely” in your opening paragraph.  When you have a good precis, then you also have some direction for your essay.  When you have a strong precis your reader clearly knows what he/she will be reading about.  In a precis, an essay writer must address the author’s tone. Remember, that tone is directly related to the author’s meaning/purpose. A narrator’s/author’s tone can be discovered by paying attention to diction, use of figurative language, details, examples and other rhetorical devices.   Open the following links and let’s practice writing a precis and look at some good examples. 

 Drafting a Precis

Precis for Rhetorical Analysis Essays

The following document has some good advice for what you should and should not to do in a rhetorical analysis essay. Tips for Writing Rhetorical Analysis Essays

Feb 23
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Rhetorical Practice Essay #4: Muckraking

Read the prompt carefully.  You will have to scroll to question 2 in the test.

Rhetorical Practice Essay #4: Muckraking

Rhetorical Practice Essay #4:  

Rhetorical Practice Essay #4 Rubric and Student Responses

Oct 16
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Links and Helps for Finding Rhetorical Devices

Posted on Friday, October 16, 2009 in Practice Test Rhetorical Analysis

Here’s are some websites that will help you understand Rhetorical Devices.   You might want to use this as a Favorite/Bookmark on your computer as a ready reference :

Feb 2
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Rhetorical Analysis Graphic Organizers

 Graphic Organizers for Essay Writing

Graphic organizers help you to think about when you are trying to analyze a piece of literature.  Remember that the author wants to create meaning.  Meaning in a piece of literature is reason for writing it.  The author has a theme(s) in mind (general message about life he/she wants to convey to the reader), an idea to develop that may promote discussion or change, a desire to simply entertain or make the reader stop and think.  Whatever the reason it is the same as the meaning.  As a reader you must decide what the author’s meaning is and then to analyze the piece of literature you will simply look at the tools that the author uses in order to create that meaning.  Notice the graphic organizer’s list of possible tools.  These are not all of the tools of writing, but they are the most common tools, and the ones that we will focus on this year in Honors English. Download these to your computer and print them for class.

 Rhetorical Devices Graphic Organizer

Literary Devices Graphic Organizer