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Week 10

This week we will focus on composing the first draft of the Rhetorical Analysis essay

Deadlines: Partial Draft, Thurs 3/30; Full Length Draft, Mon 4/3 midnight - D2L for participation check; Final Draft for in-class proofreading, Thurs 4/6; Uploaded for a grade Fri 4/7 Midnight



Review Assignment Description

Group Brainstorming

1 What are the key elements needing discussion in a rhetorical analysis of “My Mother's Feminism”?


2 Rhetorical analyses should have purpose and a thesis: Would an essay about this work better as an “interpretation” that explains how its message is conveyed to the intended audience, an “evaluation” of how the elements combine effectively, or …?

3 Would one of these two critical perspectives be more useful to apply? carroll-exigence-audience-constraint-quote.png amicucci-interwhat-quote.png

In class Writing

Planning: Do you have further planning to do? Do you have an outline? Have you developed a good list of features/elements to be analyzed? Have you chosen at least one critical source and identified what you will use from this? If yes, move on to drafting; if not, finish your planning notes in the Writer's Journal.

Drafting: Work from your outline and begin drafting. Consult with the professor if you are unsure about your choice of text/object to analyze, how to organize your essay, or what critical sources to include.


Begin drafting. Bring a 300+ word draft to class on Thursday.

In order to encourage all students to get maximum Revision Points on this essay, I am asking for your Rough Draft to be LONGER than your final draft. You must produce a draft from which 150-500 words can be cut. Your revision grade will be based on this.


1 Why Draft and Revise

Over-length drafts allow you to be critical in your deletion and revision. Your goal this weekend is to generate a strong but also a LONG draft, then you can cut things that don't work as well.

Use your outline and try to fully develop each idea.

Ex. Outline, One Paragraph → Writing About “My Mother's FEMINISM”

  • Title Significance as message and visual signs
    • Title has two parts
    • Shift from cursive, ALL CAPS BLOCK PRINTING
    • Personal words, Political Words
    • Title Surprises reader
      • Meets expectation at first, since a sentimental gift of an embroidery might stereotypically be titled: Mother, Daughter, Grandmother etc.
      • Mixes in an unanticipated political idea
      • ?Does it also surprise in that we associated mothers with being more traditional and daughters with being more modern or progressive? Is Feminism progressive? How does expectation about what an embroidery (interdiscursive practice) should say effect the way this message is received?



2 Sources

Your draft will be analyzing the rhetoric of a another text/video/image. That needs to be cited.

Source One

The text (or media object) you analyze should be in your bibliography. How you list it will depend on what it is (Youtube video, Tweet, etc.) Purdue Owl should help you figure out the format.

Source Two

One of your sources for essay three should be an essay shared via class. Access via Perusall can be tricky. For convenience, here are the citations and the original links.


<div class="csl-entry">Amicucci, Ann N. “Four Things Social Media Can Teach You about College Writing—and One Thing It Can’t.” <i>Writing Spaces: Readings on Writings</i>, vol. 4, no. 2, 2022, pp. 18–34, <a href=""></a>.</div>
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<div class="csl-entry">Carroll, Laura Bolin. “Backpacks vs. Briefcases: Steps Toward Rhetorical Analysis.” <i>Writing Spaces: Readings on Writings</i>, vol. 1, 2010, pp. 45–58, <a href=""></a>.</div>
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<div class="csl-entry">Kim, Lindsey. “Understanding and Maintaining Your Privacy When Writing with Digital Technologies – Writing Spaces.” <i>Writing Spaces: Readings on Writings</i>, vol. 4, 2022, pp. 239–53, <a href=""></a>.</div>
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3. Third Source

Ideally your additional source helps provide background information you need or authority and specific detail that supports your rhetorical analysis. You may choose to get information on the genre/type of work or its maker, history, or anything else that seems relevant.

What would be a useful source to have for an analysis of “My Mother's FEMINISM”?

4. In class Drafting

Continue developing your draft. Talk with Sherwood if you are having difficulty generating ideas.


Full Length Draft is due to be uploaded to D2L by Mon 4/3 midnight. It should be 750-1000 words long.