The analysis is a written document of approximately 1,200 words (no particular stylistic format is necessary) containing the following sections:
Summary—Provide a brief overview of the essay's subject and claims.
Audience—Using concrete examples, discuss how the essay positions its reader. Reveal the assumptions it makes about the reader's values, orientation, and background knowledge.
Context—Discuss the relevant issues, conversations, or historical events that situate this essay's argument. Identify any relevant peer texts.
Purpose—Identify the question at issue that this essay addresses and determine the kind of stasis question it is. Then articulate how the essay addresses this question by offering a specific argument (thesis).
Strategies—Analyze the essay's use of enthymeme and different kinds of appeals (to authority, to emotion, to logic) to convince the reader to accept its thesis.
Genre—Discuss how the essay establishes credibility and rapport by adopting (or resisting) the conventions of the academic essay genre.
Arrangement—Discuss how the document's material is sequenced and assembled and the effects of this arrangement. Reference concrete examples to show where the essay's reasoning in different places moves from general to specific (deduction) or specific to general (induction).
Evaluation—Determine if the document's argument is effective based on what you have uncovered. Identify any relevant logical fallacies that it contains. Discuss other intended or unintended effects the document has apart from persuasion.
All sections should be thorough and informative. Analyses will be submitted as an electronic file in a common format (such as Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, or .pdf).
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