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Analyzing Arguments: Rhetorical Analysis Essay Write a rhetorical analysis essay. Read pages 59-82 in Good Reasons. Pay particular attention to pages 76-77 in Good Reasons and follow the directions for the essay. Essay Writing Assignment: Write a five-page, double-spaced, rhetorical analysis essay on the topic of your choice. The essay should have an intro, body, and a conclusion. Follow the directions on pg. 77 of Good Reasons. Select and carefully read and analyze an opinion piece in a newspaper or magazine. The source may be print or online. The article may cover any topic, provided there is an argumentative/persuasive slant. Ensure that you include the author’s name, publication name, date, and title in your essay. Intro – Describe what you are analyzing, where it was published, and who wrote it. Provide some context for the argument. State your thesis. Body – Address the strategies and tactics used in the text you chose. Follow Step 3 in Good Reasons. You don’t have to agree or disagree with the author. Just analyze the text. Consider the following as you write: • What is the thesis, or main point, of the piece? • Is the argument effective/convincing? Why? • What types of support does the author use? • Are there any logical fallacies? • What are some potential counterpoints or counterarguments to the author’s claim? Conclusion – End with a solid conclusion. Consider ending with how successful the author was making their argument. Use the chapter we are currently reading in Good Reasons to aid you with this essay. This assignment will be completed as a process: *Step One: Essay Proposal- (THIS SECTION IS COMPLETE) This proposal includes each of the following parts: 1. Working Title: Present your working title. 2. Statement of the General Topic/Argument: What is the topic? What is the argument? Who is the author? Keep it brief. 3. Working Thesis Statement: Write out your thesis. Capture the focus of your essay in one- two sentences here. Remember that you are responding to an author’s argument in a published article. 4. Ideas you propose to write about in detail: Support, ideas, examples, appeals to the audience, relevance of your topic (write in paragraph form). Make sure you answer each part of the proposal. You have this week to revise, proofread, and edit your essay before the deadline. Please use the feedback that I provided to your proposals along with the readings and lecture notes in aiding you with the final revision process for your essays. You must cite all outside sources in MLA format on a Works Cited page and in the body of the essay (in-text citations). If you fail to cite your sources properly, you may be committing plagiarism and risk receiving no credit. Good luck! NOTE; I have the Essay Proposal, teachers’, and my peer’s notes. I can send the pages in the book the professor is referring to and other articles for the essay.