I hope that by now you have read, read, read, and read again the Allbright commencement speech til you feel like YOU deserve a diploma! It is important to dive deep and take your time understanding how to write a great RA so that on the test you can do so within the time frame.
LOOK FOR MY EMAIL AND RESPOND THAT YOU RECEIVED IT.
Open the 3 attachments on my email:
Do this Assignment before the Wednesday ZOOM (If you do this right, it will take you a good hour):
SO, the NINE exemplars from last week’s RA represent essays receiving the full range of points possible – even a ZERO-point essay. The first one, which received a 6/6 points, has already been highlighted for you. The green highlights indicate the thesis statement (CRUCIAL!) and the topic sentences/transitions throughout. (You will FLAT OUT LOSE ONE POINT if you do not have a thesis statement.) Then – as you well know – each body paragraph must relate back and expand on one area of the thesis statement. And you know that THE THESIS MUST COME FROM THE PROMPT!
The yellow highlights indicate the student’s explanation of WHY the quote or reference is rhetorically effective within the rhetorical situation (LOOK AT THE POWERPOINT IMAGE from several weeks ago that identifies the rhetorical situation with all its components). You will notice that the lion’s share of the best essays explain why the speakers rhetorical choicesworked well. Notice that usually the student avoids labels like logos, ethos, pathos, but rather explains WHY a choice was logical, WHAT emotions were evoked and why, WHY the speaker had credibility, etc. Notice that the amount of sheer paraphrase is small; although you may be very tempted just to restate WHAT the speaker said, that is NOT analysis. Good analysis ALWAYS ties back to WHY the rhetorical choices made the MESSAGE effective to the AUDIENCE: what was the speaker thinking and what was the audience thinking? WHY were the listeners engaged and motivated to agree with the speaker?
Unhighlighted portions represent (precis-like) background information as in paragraph 1, references and quotes from the speech as in the body paragraphs, and summary information, if any, in the conclusion.
What you will clearly see in the example I have already highlighted for you is that – as we have learned all year – your own analysis is most of the essay, even more that the ¼ ratio I suggested. You just keep saying more and more, and tying all elements of the Rhetorical Situation to each other, culminating in WHY all of the speaker’s choices supports her MESSAGE.Obviously, you have to discern the message in the first place.
TWO SEPARATE ZOOM DAYS (Attend one each day. I will email the links):
I am proud of all of you for doing what it takes right now. I expect to see you on Wednesday AND Thursday. Check your email now, and respond that you received it.