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An original work of rhetorical criticism (150 total points possible) You will choose one speech out of the “Top 100” speeches in Words of a Century or another text of public discourse approved by your instructo r and analyze it based on what you learn in this course about rhetorical criticism. Yo u may work individually or with one co-

Paper: An original work of rhetorical criticism

(150 total points possible) You will

choose one speech out of the “Top 100” speeches in

Words of a Century

or another

text of public discourse approved by your instructo

r and analyze it based on what you

learn in this course about rhetorical criticism. Yo

u may work individually or with one co-

author.

Project Rationale

(15 points possible)

Students will claim a topic (see above) and begin r

esearch. To claim the topic,

students should list the name of the speech text as

the subject heading (i.e.

Washington’s First Inaugural Address). Include info

rmation on the significance of the

speech text, why a rhetorical analysis would be int

eresting, and a working list of

sources.

Outline & Peer Review

(Outline @20pts + Peer evaluation @15 pts, 35 poin

ts possible)

Peer review helps us understand writing as a proces

s, judge writing as a means of

reaching explicit rhetorical goals, and provide cle

ar and meaningful feedback on a

written document. Students are expected to turn in

a full sentence outline of their final

paper, which includes a title page, abstract, intro

duction, method, application, and

implications. The quality of your feedback will be

evaluated.

Paper

(100 points possible)

The final paper should exhibit proper college-level

writing. Analysis must include: 1) an

introduction and thesis that includes an argument f

or the significance of the speech; 2)

a brief account of the methods and rhetorical terms

that are relevant for your analysis;

3) a close reading of the rhetorical strategies tha

t the speaker employs; and 4)

implications. You will work on this paper throughou

t the semester, turning in different

parts at different times; more information about th

is process and specific requirements

will be provided

 

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