LLD100 San Jose State University Rhetorical Analysis Paper

Introduce the paper you plan to analyze. Identify the author and describe the circumstances under which the paper was written. (you may have to guess based on the content and purpose.) Give the full title of the paper, when it was written and who was the intended audience. Describe what you think was the writer’s purpose: What did he/she want to achieve? What do you think the author wanted the reader to think or do after reading this paper?

Identify the rhetorical appeals and strategies used by the the author, and identify those that you plan to discuss in your analysis (preview statement). Note that you do not have to discuss in depth all of the strategies the author sees.


Each paragraph in the body should have its own topic sentence and a unified focus. For this analysis, you could write one paragraph on each of the rhetorical appeals/strategies you mentioned in the introduction. In each of these body paragraphs, it is used to:

– define the rhetorical appeal/strategy you are going to write about (you may quote or paraphrase from your course readings)

– quote or paraphrase 2-3 examples from the paper that illustrate the use of that appeal/strategy

– Explain how or why the example illustrate the appeal/strategy and how the appeal/strategy contributed to author’s purpose


The purpose of the conclusion is to (a) summarize briefly the main points of your analysis and (b) explain the significance of your analysis by considering the following questions:

– was the author successful in using various rhetorical appeals and strategies for the intended audience and purpose? Give examples

– what changes might you recommend to the author to better achieve his/her purpose

Format Guidelines

– Your final draft should be approximately 1500 words, with 1-inch margins and 12 point Times Roman font. Use headings and subheadings for the sections to guide the reader. Please number your pages.

– The final draft of the report is to be submitted on Canvas.

– Make sure you save your document as a Word document

Use this link as document to write the rhetorical analysis. (or if you have another source that is better than this one, you are more than willing to. Just be sure that it is “communication studies major”.


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