Sources: None required. Only cite in MLA style the Web site you choose to analyze.
What makes an argument?
We will analyze a speech to determine whether the speech is, in fact, an argument. Alternately, it could be a rant or a collection of claims that do not build an enthymeme. The artifact will be chosen in class.
In this 1.5-page group rhetorical analysis, I would like for you to construct an argument that examines two major questions about the speech:
- Is this an argument? Why or why not? Use examples from the “text” (video) to support your claim. Perhaps slow down to explain how you define argument.
- What assumptions is the speaker making in this speech? What effect does this have on readers?
Sample Student Essays
Group RA (.doc file)
Sample 1 RA (.docx file)