Rhetorical Analysis

WEIGHTING: marked out of 10, worth 10% of your overall grade for the unit
LATE WORK: late work is penalised 5% (0.5/10) per calendar day and will not be assessed if

submitted more than 10 working days after the due date

LENGTH: 500 words, reference list not included
The goal of this task is to practice using and/or adapting academic language and paragraph
conventions to best support your argument. You will draft an introduction and a body paragraph
from your essay.
The introductory paragraph should:
 contain an interesting hook and opening comments suitable to a rhetorical analysis
 contain a clear and complex thesis statement that can be supported by a rhetorical analysis
 indicate the overall method or outline of the essay
The body paragraph should:
 make a contribution to the essay’s rhetorical analysis and use research about rhetoric
 engage with evidence to display advanced critical thinking
 draw a strong connection between the paragraph and the overall argument
Both paragraphs should be written in a style engaging an academic reader with general
knowledge about your topic and a special interest in the study of rhetoric while accurately citing
and referencing sources mentioned in the paragraphs.
On a separate page at the end of your submission for SWT4 you must include a Reference list or
Works Cited list. You should follow APA or MLA style requirements. You can use the sources you
used in previous SWTs as well as any sentences written for assessment tasks in WRIT1001.
MARKING CRITERIA
This unit uses standards-based assessment for award of assessment marks. Your assessments
will be evaluated solely on the basis of your individual performance. See the Appendix for
information on the Interpretation of Grades.
Criteria
Overall: demonstrate an increased awareness of how to produce effective arguments
Depth of disciplinary experience – drafting an argument that relies on the method of
rhetorical analysis; incorporating rhetoric and writing studies terminology into paragraphs
Influence – presenting a persuasive thesis statement that is supported by analysis
Overall: understand more about essay writing conventions in academic contexts; and edit their
own work effectively
Broader skills: critical thinking … communication – engaging with scholarly research; use
of referencing and citation practices; using accurate language appropriate for academic
readers; a high level of precision and clarity in language use
RELEVANCE
This task is largely about responding to audience expectations and using appropriate language. In
your future study, you will need to adapt to different disciplinary audiences by altering the order of
paragraph features and/or the type of concepts and language you use. In professional settings,
you will need to identify features of different genres of writing (emails, reports, etc) and use
language that engages your particular audience.