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ERIC Number: ED376467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 13
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Researching and Writing about Argument.
Gellis, Mark
Rhetorical analysis, which is distinctly different from literary analysis in its emphasis on technique and style, as opposed to appreciation and self-improvement, can and should be used to help students write better. One means of introducing rhetorical analysis into writing courses would be through the research paper, which in many courses is a poorly conceived project anyway, confusing both student and teacher alike. Properly conceived, the research paper project should allow students to choose specific topics, ones that interest them, within clearly defined task frameworks. These task frameworks should do three things: (1) outline the kind of writing students are supposed to do; (2) clearly describe the general goals of such writing; and (3) explain its relevance. Rhetorical criticism solves so many of the problems of the traditional research paper because it encourages students to think about how arguments are formed, how rhetoric can influence society and culture, and how reality can be constructed through interpretations. One such project would ask students, first, to select a historical figure and a persuasive text attributed to that person and, second, to do research on the occasion that surrounded the composition, presentation and reception of the persuasive text. Their first paper on the project would summarize what they learned from this research; the second paper would conduct a rhetorical analysis of the text itself. (TB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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