The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Rhetorical Analysis

50 points to Summative Category

In a well-developed and thoughtful piece of writing, examine how Douglass uses language, including specific and significant rhetorical choices (1-3 total), to convey his argument about one of the many topics addressed in his Narrative.

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Your response must include a thesis statement and two correlating body paragraphs that contain support/evidence and reasoning.

Note:

· Your topic may NOT be “slavery”.

· You may NOT write about the simple fact that he shows how bad slavery or slaveholders are. If you do this, you will receive a low grade.

· You may use your books and any group work, scene/topic/quote analysis we have done in class.

· It is suggested that you begin your essay with a SHORT introduction and conclusion paragraph (3 sentences is fine).

· Consider organizing your essay in chronological order rather than by rhetorical device.

 

 

CCSS Effective (A) Adequate (B) Inadequate (C) Little Success (D)
Rhetorical Analysis

Identification of Rhetorical Choice

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings (R.I.4)

 

15 points

 

-Clearly and effectively analyzes the speaker’s rhetoric by fully unpacking pieces of the text for meaning to determine the central idea and reigning idea in the passage. -Sufficiently analyzes the speaker’s rhetoric by unpacking pieces of the text for meaning to determine the central and reigning idea in the passage, but this is less than effective.

 

-Begins to analyze the speaker’s rhetoric, but this analysis is superficial. One’s commentary may consist mostly of summary of events. -Students’ commentary may exist, but is entirely summary, or may not focus on the excerpt’s rhetoric.

 

Rhetorical Analysis

Identification of Author’s Argument

Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text (R.I.6)

 

15 points

– Effectively identifies the author’s argument about a topic and analyzes how rhetorical choices are made in order to make this argument convincing. – Adequately identifies the author’s argument about a topic and analyzes how rhetorical choices are made in order to make this argument convincing.

– argument might not be explicitly and completely stated OR the connection between rhetoric and the argument might not be completely clear, but is mostly accurate

– Inadequately identifies the author’s argument about a topic and analyzes how rhetorical choices are made in order to make this argument convincing.

– argument might not be explicitly stated AND the connection between rhetoric and the argument might not be completely clear

– Little success in identifying the author’s argument about a topic and analyzing how rhetorical choices are made in order to make this argument convincing.

– argument is not be explicitly stated AND the connection between rhetoric and the argument is not completely clear

 

Use of Rhetorical Elements

Student’s Thesis, Evidence Use, and Line of Reasoning

Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks. (SL.4)

 

15 points

– Effectively presents claim and supporting evidence in essay such that reader can follow line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate for the type of essay – Adequately presents claim and supporting evidence in essay such that reader can follow line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are mostly appropriate for the type of essay – Inadequately presents claim and supporting evidence in essay such that reader can follow line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are nearly appropriate for the type of essay – Has little success in presenting claim and supporting evidence in essay such that reader can follow line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are not appropriate for the type of essay
Writing: Mechanics

Sophistication

Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. (W.1)

 

10 points

__This paper contains an effective thesis in the introduction that clearly addresses the prompt, and the text..

__This paper contains logical and appropriate topic sentences and integration of evidence.

__This paper contains well-developed and cohesive (2) body paragraphs.

__Overall, this writing demonstrates sophistication with varied and complex syntax. No use of 1st or 2nd person language exists.

 

_This paper contains a sufficient thesis in the introduction that addresses the prompt and text, but this is less than effective.

__This paper contains mostly logical and appropriate topic sentences and quote integration, but some content may be unclear or lacking in cohesion.

__This paper contains mostly well-developed body paragraphs.

__There are little to no spelling and grammatical errors, but the style and vocabulary may be lacking in sophistication.

__This paper contains a readable thesis, but it is unclear, as it does not fully address the prompt and/or utilize the text..

__This paper is lacking topic sentences and clarity regarding transitions, quote integration, as well as within the body paragraphs, in general.

__There are many errors, but the essay is mostly readable. (9 pts.)

__This paper fails to include a clear thesis that addresses the prompt and text; may include a plot summary or other irrelevant detail instead.

__This paper is severely lacking in topic sentences and clarity, where it is unclear how quotes and/or commentary correlate to one’s thesis. This paper may exist as one, muddled paragraph with no organization.

__Multiple spelling, punctuation, and formatting errors exist that heavily infringe upon content.

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