Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Rhetorical Analysis Resource

One of your fellow classmates emailed me this link, which does a good job of briefly addressing rhetorical criticism. Be sure to check out the links with examples of analyses - those will really help you with your presentation. Here is the link:

Also, I have posted a model outline to Blackboard under Course Content. Use this as a template for your own outline and fill in the information for your presentation as needed. Keep in mind this isn't exactly how you have to do your presentation, and in some cases, your presentation may not fit as easily into the outline template. However, it does provide a solid basic structure for how to approach your presentation.

1. What does it mean to ask how something as communicated as opposed to what is communicated?
2. Do you have any other questions or concerns regarding the assignment? I will address these in class as I see fit, however this is also a chance for you to help out your fellow classmates.


  1. Well you wouldn't talk the same to the dean of admissions as you would your mom. The way you present things is how people will perceive it.

  2. I think Katelynn is absolutely right about how hte way you present things affects how people perceive it. How we present the material is just as important, if not more sometimes, than the material itself.

  3. I'm a little late on this one, so I don't have any questions on my presentation because it's already done! However, there is a big difference between what is communicated and how it is communicated. What is communicated focuses on the main message of the speech, video, ad, or whatever you are looking at. It tells you the purpose of this ad. How things are communicated tells you what tactics the rhetor uses to help you receive the message. It tells you why you feel a certain way about an artifact; through the use of things like logos, ethos, pathos, style, ect.

  4. To ask how something is communicated is like asking how the rhetor uses different things such as style, appeals and arrangement to make a point across. How does that author, what do they use, to get their point across. Just like any magazine ad or well any ad for that matter, things are communicated by color, diction, tone, etc.

  5. I think that this is such a good topic for discussion because there is a big difference in the two. Because how many times to we say something to someone and we don't actually mean what we say. I think this happens all of the time which is why being able to communicate effectively is such an important skill to have.