Rhetorical Analysis Essay Driving for Success SCORING, Whole Test SCALE: 1 - 5 • 45% on MC • 55% on ESSAYS –If you get three 6’s on the essays, you automatically receive the score of a 3 on the test, no matter how bad the MC was. Scoring: Essays • 0–3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 -8 • 9 No Evidence, Off-topic, didn’t understand the prompt, no structure. Poor Grammar. Some structure attempted, basic ideas Has some ideas and structure but has uneven or inconsistent analysis or evidence Great structure and analysis and ideas. Stylistic problems only. Writing shows stylistic variety and depth of ideas. God intervenes. 15 out of a 1000. Not About Evidence or Strategy! • I don’t care if you use emotionally charged diction every time. • I don’t care if you name polysyndeton, metonymy, and synecdoche, identifying strategies won’t earn you any extra points. • You get points for organizing your essay and for analyzing how the author uses strategies to convey purpose or theme. Another NOTE • Writers do not SHOW, they… CONSTRUCT CREATE CONTRAST DEMONIZE DECONSTRUCT CHALLENGE DON’T SAY “PAINT A PICTURE”. BORING! Before we start: a note on THEME • All good writing gets down to the most fundamental level of analysis… • HC = Human Condition • HS = Human Spirit How is this writer talking about what it means to be human? What is she saying about life? Rhetorical Analysis Essay: Our Formula • INTRO [TPT & THESIS] • BODY PARAGRAPH #1 – Adj + Rhetorical Appeal or Device + effect – Evidence, Analysis; Evidence, Analysis; E, A – Theme • BODY PARAGRAPH #2 – Adj + Rhetorical Appeal or Device + effect – Evidence, Analysis; Evidence, Analysis; E, A – Theme • CONCLUSION [Restate Thesis, Parting Thoughts. Optional: analogy & simile] 1: Read, ID Strategies, & Finish TPT • As you read, you must identify SOAPStone, Theme, and write a TPT. • Then, identify at least 2 rhetorical strategies MAKE SURE THAT YOU ANSWER THE QUESTION! WE WILL USE THE FOLLOWING SIX… • • • • • Emotionally Charged Diction Adj + Imagery Contrast Layered Figurative Language “Patterned diction” mechanical diction, religious diction • Rhetorical Appeals [usually level 2] Introduction TPT • Tone adj. + Tone adj, Speaker – description of speaker, purpose verb + theme [larger]. THESIS • Through the rhetorical strategies of __________ & _____________, speaker’s name specific answer to prompt. Body Paragraphs 1 & 2 GOAL: Argue the rhetorical development of a HC/HS Theme using the passage for evidence. ---It’s about attaching MEANING to EVIDENCE--• COMPONENTS [You can also do TIEA] – TOPIC SENTENCE: Adj + Rhetorical Appeal or Device + effect – Evidence, Analysis – Evidence, Analysis – Evidence, Analysis – CONCLUSION: Connection to Theme Conclusions • This is the last place to impress your reader. • Make sure to… – Reanswer the Question. – Reconnect with Theme • Consider Including – ANALOGY – What does this author’s voice or attitude make me think about? – SIMILE – Like a dirge, Goodman’s voice speaks over the grave and for the living.