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Crystal N.

Fodrey

English 102

Spring 2013

UNIT 1 ASSIGNMENT SHEET: RHETORICAL ANALYSIS


Understanding Spaces of ersona! Significance Using Ideo!ogica! R"etorica! Ana!#sis
[H]ad we been encouraged to think critically about the actual spaces we inhabited, the neighborhood and houses that were our world . . . we would have learned to think about space politically, about who controls and shapes environments. This assignment would have . . . created a sense of entitlement for some and deprivation for others. Doing this assignment, we might have come face to face with the politics of property, not only who owns and controls space but the relationship between power and cultural production. 6bell hoo%s in 89lac% :ernacular- (rchitecture as Cultural ;ractice<

RHETORICAL ANALYSIS ASSIGNMENT T"e Idea: So that you can become more aware of how the ery spaces that surround you are rhetorically situated !i.e. persuasi e" powerful" political" endowed with meaning and producti e of meaning" etc.#" $ am as%ing you to write an essay in which you e&plore the significance of the ideologies that e&ist in one of the p$%!ic spaces you e&plored in your 'nit 1 short assignments !S(s#. )ou might choose a space represented on your map of personally significant spaces" a space on '(*s campus" a digital space" or any other space of significance to you. +emember that an ideology is a system of beliefs or alues held by a particular group of people. (n ideological analysis of a space e&amines e idence of a space*s ideologies based on the alues and beliefs that are e&hibited in the space. $n your essay" consider a producti e combination of the following ,uestions .ocationo /here is the space located geographically" and how might that be significant to your reading of the space0 1aterialityo 2ow does the space function0 o 2ow does the architectural design of the space effect who uses the space and how people use the space0 o 2ow does the arrangement of rooms" areas" furniture" etc. within the space contribute to your reading of the space0 $deology !these are all ,uestions to help you better articulate the ideologies that e&ist in the space3 you certainly do not need to co er them all. 4ifferent spaces will lend themsel es to different combinations of these ,uestions#o /ho belongs to the space0 $s membership open !i.e. anyone at all is welcome in the space#" or is it restricted to a group of people with certain characteristics0 /hat are the main characteristics of members of this space0 o (re the relations of power in that space made e&plicit" are they dismissed" or are they left une&amined0 o /hat is the space*s agenda0 /hat do the people there want to accomplish0 4o they want to accomplish their goals locally" nationally" internationally" or a combination thereof0 $s the agenda e&plicit or implicit0 o /hat actions do people in the space generally ta%e to accomplish their goals0 o /hy do people in the space want to accomplish these particular goals0 2a e historical e ents prompted these goals0 2a e actions of people in other spaces necessitated these goals0 4o certain conditions e&ist that ha e gi en rise to these goals0 o /hat are the relationships of people in this space to people in other nearby spaces0 /hat is the nature of those relationships0 o 2ow are the discourse !spea%ing and writing# and5or e eryday !action6oriented# practices that occur in that space gendered" raciali7ed" class6based" and5or ability based0

Crystal N. Fodrey

English 102

Spring 2013

=o what e&tent do the discourse5e eryday practices of that space ,uestion or confirm the status ,uo in society0 o /hat does the space say about what people who inhabit the space belie e and alue0 2ow do the beliefs and alues embedded in this space compare to your perception of (merican culture!s# concerning racism" se&ism" classism" or other biases0 o 2ow does your perception of (merican culture!s# concerning racism" se&ism" classism" or other biases color the way you percei e the beliefs and alues embedded in the space0 2ow might others with a different cultural bac%ground from you iew the space0 /hat dominant message does your chosen space con ey after you ha e analy7ed these discursi e and non6discursi e elements of that space0 !=he answer to this ,uestion could become your thesis.# o

T"e Tas&: $n an open6form academic essay !i.e. prose with a con ersational yet analytical tone" inclusion of personal oice and narrati e e&amples" and attention gi en to writing style at the sentence le el#" $ would li%e to see a thoughtful rhetorical analysis of a space of your choosing. $ repeat- $ want you to wea e in personal storytelling with your analysis> =he length of your essay is up to you" but %eep in mind all of the grading criteria as you re ise. (t some point in your essay" you need to include at least one if not more ,uotes or paraphrases from at least one of the spatial theorists we read during this unit !Foucault" 1ountford" hoo%s" 1urray" and5or +eynolds#. Using a spatia! t"eor# to fra'e #o$r ("o!e ana!#sis is genera!!# t"e %est approac" !i.e. de elop a thesis using a theorist*s idea as a lens through which to analy7e your chosen space#" but it is not a re,uirement. $f you do not use a spatial theory as a lens" you should de elop a thesis that ta%es a producti e combination of the aforementioned ,uestions into account. /hen you write your essay" be sure to cite ,uotes in proper 1.( format. +emember that you need to include a wor%!s# cited page. See the ;urdue ?/. for more on 1.( formatting. Audience: =eacher @ classmates who ha e read the same te&ts on spatial and rhetorical theory and are part of a con ersation on spatial5ideological rhetorical concepts. Note- you cannot assume your classmates or your teacher ha e e er seen your chosen space before3 therefore" you will need to describe the space in general and gi e specific detailed e&amples throughout your essay so that your readers can isuali7e the space without actually seeing it. ESSAY GRA)ING CRITERIAI ( A E&ceeds e&pectation in creati e" effecti e ways 9 A Competently meets e&pectation C A (ttempts to meet e&pectation" could be impro ed 4 A Still ery rough in this area" needs a lot of wor%B ery unclear or unde eloped E A E&tremely ineffecti e or does not address this area ;urpose5(udience Negotiationo 2ow well is your purpose stated in the introduction and5or thesis statement0 o 2ow well do you address the class and the teacher as an audience who are part of our class con ersation on rhetorical concepts and written5 isual5spatial te&ts but who are less informed on your specific topic5point of iew than you are0 ?rgani7ationo 2ow rhetorically effecti e is the organi7ation of the Cs in the essay0 o 2ow effecti ely is the essay introduced and concluded0 !4oes the intro draw the reader in0 4oes the conclusion mo e beyond summary0# o 2ow well does the thesis statement state the writer*s main claim and organi7e the essay0 OR how well is the thesis implied throughout the essay0 o 2ow effecti e are the transitions from sentence to sentence and paragraph to paragraph0 4e elopmento 2ow clearly are your general points stated0 o 2ow do you use particular details from your chosen space and your e&perience with that space to i!!$strate your points0

Crystal N. Fodrey

English 102

Spring 2013

2ow well do you use e*p!anation !i.e. your obser ances and reasoning# as te&tual e idence to support the general points0 o 2ow well are strategies of open6formD academic prose employed !con ersational yet still analytical tone" personal oice" narrati e e&amples" attention to sentence6le el writing style#0 /riterly ethoso 2ow well does the essay employ a college student ethosBi.e." informed" confident" interesting tone that highlights your ability to engage an audience while rhetorically analy7ing a space +eadability o (re there any spots where sentence shape !length" punctuation" word choices. . .# interferes with meaning0 o 2ow effecti e are academic citation practices- i.e." 1.( parenthetical citation" page formatting" and /or%s Cited page0 o

UNIT 1 GRA)E: +,- .+, points/ of fina! co$rse grade =he unit grade will be awarded to the final draft of your essay based on how well all of the abo e criteria wor% together in your essay. =he unit grade will not be awarded if you fail to submit a rough draft of your essay. !See syllabus and !" for other grading policies.#

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( formulaic 8E paragraph essay< will not wor% for this assignment. Frading criteria adapted from a rubric by Grista +atcliffe.