BRAINSTORMING GUIDE FOR A RHETORICAL ANALYSIS OF A TEXT
Your name: Description of text and its source:
what I notice about the text, describeits elements in as much detail as possible; use objective,nonjudgmental descriptors:
- Ask questions about thechoices the artist or author made in creating the text. Examinethe elements that make up the work and how they relate to oneanother.
Who createdthe text? Where was it published (think about this in broadterms)? In what form? Discuss its connections to social, cultural,and/or historical contexts.
List the ways the text tries toconnect with its audience. What appeals (logical, emotional, and/ or ethical) are made?
Jot downthe ideas, elements, or questions that might need to beresearched.
POSSIBLE LINES OF INQUIRY
Begin draftingan inquiry question, a generative question that will guide therhetorical analysis.
Usually, such questions begin with “how” or “what.”
What makes the LOI compelling or significant?