Rhetorical Analysis Activities
Rhetorical Analysis Thesis Workshops
These two activities are designed to introduce students to the idea of a thesis statement for a rhetorical analysis essay and provide structured peer feedback on their draft thesis statement.
Preparing for the Rhetorical Analysis
This activity helps students prepare for their rhetorical analysis by leading them through a set of questions to help them identify important aspects of the rhetorical situation and then exploring the text's use of "available means of persuasion" within that framework.
Analyzing Mode, Medium, and Message
This activity asks students to consider how different media aggregate their global development content in order to consider the rhetorical relationship between mode, (internet, printed paper, etc.) medium (publication) and message (content of the story).
Reading the Stanford Campus
This activity invites students to close read a space on campus by identifying the space's audience and purpose and determining which parts of the space are private/public and welcoming/unwelcoming to visitors.
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