Objectives: • to craft a thesis statement/main claim • to demonstrate a rhetorical analysis of a source found through preliminary research • to employ the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing) • to evaluate, analyze, revise, edit, proofread, and improve an essay through a drafting process • to employ and practice MLA formatting and citation style Audience: Your audience consists of other students and your instructor Description: You will write a 2–3-page essay that analyzes a TED Talk video on a topic of your choice from the TED Talk link in our Week 6 folder. You will get to choose between 25 video options. This essay will be a rhetorical analysis that specifically looks at how your source appeals to its audience to achieve their purpose and get their argument across. Within your analysis, you will examine all or some of the following: • the author’s use of logic (logos), emotion (pathos), and/or credibility (ethos). You will probably take note of tone and word choice as you decide which appeal or appeals you focus on. Your analysis should make an argument of its own (in the thesis statement) about the source. However, your essay should not make its own argument about the content of the source. Your job is to show HOW your source talks about the topic. Integrate specific references (summaries, paraphrases, and/or direct quotations) from the text to support your thesis statement. Your thesis statement should be your claim about the text.
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