1) Check the Prompt in the attached file ( Read EVERYTHING on it because my professor is VERY specific.) if u have any Q’s. I can clarify for you2) Watch the documentary. LINK : http://www.documentarymania.com/player.php?title=I…3) Fill out the Ivory Tower Map As your watching the documentary (Attached file BELOW) 4) Find another text from SDSU Library that AGREES or DISAGREES with the documentary. LINK: https://library.sdsu.edu/5) – VERY IMPORTANT- Follow the OUTLINE guide for the paper (FILE ATTACHED BELOW). (My professor made it. if you follow it your life will be A LOT simpler doing this essay) 6) By the 8th of March. i need a small draft so we can discuss in class. just send me your progress then.
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(Ivory Tower) Rhetorical Situation:
Author:
Audience:
Purpose:
Context:
Genre:
Major Claim:
Evidence:
Rhetorical Strategy:
Evidence:
Rhetorical Strategy:
Evidence:
Rhetorical Strategy:
Major Claim:
Evidence:
Rhetorical Strategy:
Evidence:
Rhetorical Strategy:
Evidence:
Rhetorical Strategy:
Evaluation: (effective, ineffective, relevant, irrelevant, convincing, not convincing, etc.)
(Academic Text) Rhetorical Situation:
Author:
Audience:
Purpose:
Context:
Genre:
Major Claim:
Evidence:
Rhetorical Strategy:
Evidence:
Rhetorical Strategy:
Evidence:
Rhetorical Strategy:
Major Claim:
Evidence:
Rhetorical Strategy:
Evidence:
Rhetorical Strategy:
Evidence:
Rhetorical Strategy:
Evaluation: (effective, ineffective, relevant, irrelevant, convincing, not convincing, etc.)
RWS 280 Essay Three Structure Outline
Complete draft between weeks 10-11
Introduction
Hook:
Transition into Context:
Transition & Introduce documentary:
Connect to Academic Text:
Transition to RoadMap for Essay:
Thesis:
RWS 280 Essay Three Structure Outline
Complete draft between weeks 10-11
Body
Topic Sentence:
Evidence from 1st Documentary: According to _____________, “____________________” (Citation).
Analysis of Evidence:
Analyze Rhetorical Strategy & Evaluate Effectiveness:
Synthesis of 2nd Text: (Ex. In addition, similarly, on the other hand, also, etc.)
Evidence from 2nd Text: According to _____________, “____________________” (Citation).
Analysis of Evidence:
Analyze Rhetorical Strategy & Evaluate Effectiveness:
RWS 280 Essay Three Structure Outline
Complete draft between weeks 10-11
Evaluation of Documentary vs Academic Text:
Body
Topic Sentence
Evidence from 1st Documentary: According to _____________, “____________________” (Citation).
Analysis of Evidence:
Analyze Rhetorical Strategy & Evaluate Effectiveness:
Synthesis of Academic Text: (Ex. In addition, similarly, on the other hand, also, etc.)
Evidence from 2nd Text: According to _____________, “____________________” (Citation).
RWS 280 Essay Three Structure Outline
Complete draft between weeks 10-11
Analysis of Evidence:
Analyze Rhetorical Strategy & Evaluate Effectiveness:
Evaluation of Documentary vs Academic Text:
Conclusion
Brief Recap (signal to your reader that you are coming to a close)
Point to a Larger Significance:
Final Thoughts: (personal thoughts, call to action, solution, etc.)
PROJECT # 3 PROMPT: ANALYZING
RHETORICAL CONVENTIONS
ACROSS GENRES
ASSIGNMENT:
During the past two months, we have focused extensively on the idea of “safe spaces”
in colleges campus. Moreover, we have looked at several written texts for their claims,
evidence, and rhetorical strategies and analyzed how these academic texts advance
their arguments. Not only have you analyzed one text for the author’s choices, but your
last paper called on you to synthesize two academic texts. Now, we will turn our
attention to analyzing one academic text and one alternate form of media.
For this assignment, we will watch the documentary, Ivory Tower (2014) by Andrew Rossi. In the documentary, Rossi
explores the value of a college education considering the ever-rising costs and offers insight into various forms of
higher education.
Your goal for this assignment is to identify Rossi’s overall argument, claims that he makes in order to advance his
argument, the evidence he provides, and the rhetorical moves he makes to persuade the reader.
Then, you will be responsible for locating one outside text—found on SDSU’s Library Database—that relates the
argument being made in the documentary. You can find a text that agrees with Rossi’s stance, disagrees, qualifies,
or illustrates the argument being made.
Just like the last paper, your goal is to effectively synthesize the two genres and offer analysis on how they each
present their argument.
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GOALS:





Watch documentary, take extensive notes on overall argument, claims, evidence, and rhetorical strategies
Locate an academic text that relates to the topic at hand—cost of college & value of a degree—and also
identify the overall argument, claims, evidence, and rhetorical strategies
Begin finding areas where the documentary and written text agree, disagree, or use similar/different
rhetorical strategies
Put the two media “in conversation” and analyze the effectiveness of their choices
Develop an essay between 4-5 pages
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GUIDELINES:
1.
Intro:
a.
strong hook, background context on your selected topic, introduce authors & texts, road map of
your analysis, thesis
2.
Body (within each body paragraph):
a. provide an account of each author’s central claims and explain how these claims strengthen the
author’s main idea
b. describe some of the rhetorical strategies both authors use, provide interpretation and analysis of
how these strategies work, and explain the impact of these decisions in relation to the author’s
purpose and audience
c. analyze rhetorical strategies
d. evaluate how effectively or ineffectively the author uses said rhetorical strategies
3.
Conclusion:
a. offer a conclusion that is not merely repetitive, but instead offers insight into the significance of
the topic as a whole
4. MLA 8 Works Cited
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EVALUATION CRITERIA:
→ Comprehension
o Effectively addresses all aspects of the prompt
o Fully grasps both articles and showcases knowledge cogently
→ Development
o Details/analyzes chosen texts thoroughly and thoughtfully
o Writer thoroughly address elements of the argument, including author, context, audience,
purpose, claims, and evidence.
o Analysis of rhetorical strategies is thorough
→ Organization
o Essay flows logically from introduction → body → conclusion
o Sentence level organization is strong
→ Expression/Mechanics/Grammar
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IMPORTANT DATES:






03.19: Discussion of Prompt; Practice; Brainstorming; Contextual Videos
03.26: Watch Documentary; Locate Secondary Text
04.02: Spring Break—Draft your Essay
04.09: In-class Peer Review
04.16: Conferencing—You will meet with either me or Gaby for a 10-minute one-on-one meeting to
discuss your essay
04.23: Final Essay Due
SLOS:
→ Develop an effective process of reading for comprehension
→ Develop an effective writing process—including prewriting, drafting, revision, and self-evaluation
→ Analyze the elements of academic texts—particularly argument, genre, audience, context, purpose, and
strategies
→ Articulate in writing key rhetorical concepts.

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