Assignment Instructions

  • Read, research, and annotate words, phrases, and textual references in the speech.
     
  • Research the rhetorical situation and the broader cultural, historical contexts of the speech, and explain how the rhetor responded to prevailing public opinions or concerns.
    • Identify the rhetor's purpose and message to his or her intended audience.
       
    • Distinguish between your personal reaction to the speech and the reactions of its intended audience.
       
    • Identify the main points and support for those points (e.g., explanation, examples, reasons, research).
       
    • Analyze the rhetor's use of rhetorical strategies and devices to influence the audience by
      • establishing the rhetor's character, trustworthiness, expertise.
         
      • appealing to the audience's values and emotions.
         
      • organizing their points for emphasis and for audience understanding.
         
      • using claims and supporting them through explanation, examples, reasons, research, etc.
  • Be sure to use ample and appropriate evidence from the speech (e.g., brief summaries, paraphrase, direct quotation of words, phrases, and sentences) to illustrate or back up your analysis.
     
  • Be sure to cite and document sources accurately and ethically.
     
  • Present your paper in a well-organized manner.
     
  • Revise for focus, development and support, and organization.
     
  • Edit for correct mechanic, usage, and conventions.
     
  • Proofread for typos and other errors.