ENG 105 First rhetorical analysis

ENG 105 First rhetorical analysis


Draft of a Rhetorical Analysis of a


Public Document Assignment






Write a 750-1,000-word essaythat analyzesthe rhetorical situation of apublic document. This public document is the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) website on Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) found at: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/facts.html.Your analysis should include at least TWO scholarly sources outside of class texts.








Complete a close reading of the assigned public document. Then, write a cohesive essay that:




Introduces and summarizes the CDC website on ADHD.

Analyzesthe rhetorical tools used on the site(here, you will want to incorporate ideas from your preanalysisbelow). For instance, your essay could analyze the CDC’s use of ethos, pathos, and logos.

Evaluates the site’s effectiveness (again, ideas from your preanalysisbelow will be helpful).



This essay isNOT simply an expository or descriptive essay or an analysis of ADHD. It is an analysis of the site and how effectively the site uses rhetorical tools to get its point across.




First Draft Grading




You will receive completion points for the first draft based upon the successful submission of your draft.

Because your first draft is a completion grade, do not assume that this grade reflects or predicts the final grade. If you do not consider your instructor’s comments, you may be deducted points on your final draft.



Final Draft Grading




The essay will be graded using a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations.






Include in-text citations and a References page in APA Style for at least TWO scholarly sources outside of class texts.

These sources should be used to support any claims you make and should be present in the text of the essay.

Use the GCU Library to help you find sources.

Include this research in the paper in a scholarly manner.







Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.








You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. A link to the LopesWrite technical support articles is located in Class Resources if you need assistance.

Please be sure to review your LopesWrite score before submitting the draft to your instructor.



Preparing to Write the Essay




Read the site closely:


Read the webpage on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) found at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/facts.html

Do a first reading that uses underlining, annotation, and summary to make sure you understand what the writer is saying. Go back to any sections that need clarification.

On a second reading, pay attention to what the writer(s) of the CDC siteis doing by describing the writer’s strategy.



Conduct a preanalysis:


Use your close reading to analyze the rhetorical situation of the site.

Here are some questions to guide your analysis.

You do NOT need to answer all of them—pick three that make the most sense to you. Your close reading will help you generate ideas for your essay.

What is the context of the issue(s)?

What do you know about the topic?

What issues does the topic raise?

Is there a larger debate, discussion, or controversy already going on?

What seems to be at stake?

Who is the writer?

What do you know about the writer’s background, credibility, knowledge of the topic, beliefs, and social allegiances?

What is the publication?

What do you know about its intended readers, reputability, political slant, and the topics it covers?

How does the writer define the rhetorical situation and identify the call to write?

What is the writer’s orientation toward the issues involved?

What is at stake for the writer?

Who is the intended audience?

Is the writer addressing one group or more than one group of readers?

Is the writer trying to bring an audience into being?

What kind of relationship is the writer trying to establish with readers?

What assumptions about readers does the writer seem to make?

How does the writer use language?

How does the writer use ethos, pathos, and logos to appeal to the audience?

What is the writer’s tone?

What does the writer’s word choice show about his or her assumptions about readers?

Does the writer use specialized terms or slang?

Are there memorable figures of speech?

Does the writer stereotype?

What is your evaluation of the rhetorical effectiveness?

Does the writer accomplish his or her purposes?

What constraints, if any, qualify the writing’s effectiveness?



Draft the essay:


Once you’ve completed the pre-analysis, draft the essay. The essay should include:


Header, essay title, heading in APA Style

An introduction paragraph with a thesis statement

At least three body paragraphs

A conclusion paragraph



Also, you will need to include a References page and in-text citations formatted in APA Style with at leastTWOscholarly sources outside of class texts.




Submit this assignment to your instructor in the assignment drop boxAND post this draft as an attachment in theModule 2 Rhetorical Analysis Peer Review forum


by Day 3 of Week 2.




ENG-105Checklist Tool for the Rhetorical Analysis




Essay Content






Begins with an effective hook

Overview of topic/website

Provides an introduction of CDC webpage on ADHD

Does not contain an undue emphasis on ADHD or rhetoric in general

Includes a smooth transition to thesis statement

Thesis statement

Makes an evaluative claim regarding the CDC’s effectiveness in communication

Focuses on and presents the rhetorical appeals as subtopics: ethos, pathos, and logos

Body Paragraphs



Analysis of Appeals



Demonstrates a clear understanding of the rhetorical appeals, which may include a definition of each

Accurately identifies and provides relevant examples of each of the rhetorical appeals

Includes an evaluative statement regarding the effectiveness of each appeal



Use of Evidence as Support



Each body paragraph contains research-based, cited information from scholarly sources

Each body paragraph contains at least one example from the CDC for each rhetorical appeal

Sources reflect an investigation of rhetoric, not ADHD

Direct quotes and paraphrasing are correctly cited








Presents the appeals in the same order as they appear in the thesis statement

Constructs one body paragraph for each rhetorical appeal (3 appeals/3 body paragraphs)

Constructs strong topic sentences: includes a transitional word/phrase, make reference to the main claim in the thesis, and presents the specific appeal addressed in the paragraph


The first sentence restates the thesis statement, conveying the main idea in the thesis with fresh wording

The conclusion effectively summarizes the content of the essay

The conclusion effectively brings closure to each of the main points

No new information is presented in the conclusion

Essay ends with an impactful statement


The essay meets word count (750-1,000)

The essay aligns with the APA 7th Edition Format

The title page is spaced and formatted according to APA 7th Edition standards

The essay does not include an abstract and/or subheading above each paragraph

A boldfaced title appears above the first paragraph

The in-text citations are correctly formatted

References page is correctly formatted and placed on a separate page

There is consistency and coordination between the in-text citations and the references page

Times New Roman font (size 12) is consistently used throughout the essay

Double spacing, 1” margins, 0.5” paragraph indentations, and left alignment are consistently used


The writer uses a variety of sentence structures

The writer establishes and maintains a formal, academic tone

The essay is written in third person (first and second person pronouns are not used)

The essay is void of slang, jargon, contractions, and wordiness

Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics

Tools such as Word Grammar Check, LopesWrite, and/or Grammarly.com have been employed to identify errors in spelling, grammar, usage, and mechanics

The essay is free of errors in

Sentence structure




The use of acronyms


Use of articles


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