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American Rhetoric Research Paper

For your research paper, you will write a rhetorical analysis essay analyzing the purpose of the speech that you chose for your annotated bibliography assignment. You will use evidence from your sources to support your analysis.

1. Analyze your chosen speech.

  • Complete THIS WORKSHEET to analyze your speech.
  • Submit your completed worksheet to turnitin.com.

2. Complete the CAPP Statement worksheet to create your thesis for the research paper.

  • I will give you a print out of this.
  • Click HERE for a digital copy of the file.
  • Here is the PowerPoint review for CAPP Statements.

3. Complete the “Shaping the Body Paragraphs” Worksheet to plan/outline your body paragraphs.

  • There are TWO options for this. Pick only ONE.
  • 8-Sentence Paragraphs: This is the formatting that we have practiced this year with analysis essays.
  • Quotation Sandwiches: This is a slightly different style that is designed for research-based rhetorical analysis.

4. Complete your FIRST DRAFT of the research paper.

  • Your first draft should be submitted to turnitin.com.
  • Click HERE for a Google Docs template.
  • Due at the beginning of class on Friday, January 26.

5. Complete a Peer Review.

  • Share your first draft with a classmate AND me (boualline@csisd.org).
  • Follow the GUIDELINES for the peer review process.
  • Add comments in Google Docs to help your peer revise/edit the research paper.

6. Complete a FINAL DRAFT which:

  • Analyzes the speech you chose to research for your annotated bibliography
  • Analyzes the strategies the author chose to convey a message to his/her audience
  • Uses textual evidence all four sources (speech + three reliable sources) you found by researching information about the context, audience, persona, and purpose of your chosen speech
  • Cites and quotes from the speech + three reliable sources
  • Is 500-800 words in length
  • Includes a Works Cited page with citations from all four sources
  • Here is an Example Research Paper

7. Rubric for PROCESS and PRODUCT Grades

American Rhetoric Annotated Bibliography

For your research project this year, you will pick a pivotal speech from American history to research and analyze. The first step of this project is an Annotated Bibliography. This is the first step of your research process, which involves locating, citing, reading, and annotating sources. The Annotated Bibliography is simply a step between finding sources and writing the actual research paper. So why are we doing this? Annotated Bibliographies are a common assignment in college. Your professors will want to see that you can locate and evaluate sources before moving on to the next step of writing your paper.

For this assignment, you will complete the following steps:

1. Choose the speech you want to analyze. You may choose one of the suggested speeches listed below or you may find a speech you would like to analyze. Your teacher MUST approve any speech you choose that is not on this list, and the speech must be comparable to those listed below. A great resource to check out is the list of Top 100 Speeches on AmericanRhetoric.com.

2. Research the rhetorical situation that “inspired” the speech. You are expected to find four scholarly, credible sources for your annotated bibliography. The first source will be the speech itself. Try to find a source that includes both the written transcript as well as a video of the speech (if available). Speeches are delivered for a live audience, so actually listening to the speech is an important part of your research. Your other sources will explore the speaker and the rhetorical situation of the speech.

  • The speech you have selected
  • Biographical information about the speaker
  • Information about the rhetorical situation (context, audience, persona, purpose)
  • Information about the events or details referenced in the speech

3. Create an Annotated Bibliography that cites, summarizes, and evaluates your sources. The final product will count as an Academic Achievement grade for this six weeks. Your Annotated Bibliography should follow MLA formatting (double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, MLA heading, last name and page number in the header, title (centered), and one-inch margins). Find links to detailed instructions and an example below:

4. Be sure that the speech you choose explores a topic that you would be interested in writing a complete research paper about! We will be working on this research project for more than a month, so pick something of interest to you.

Choice Crucible Project



Crucible Act 1

If you missed class on Monday, October 30, you missed the background information over The Crucible. Below is a link to a PPT that contains key information about the play. If you want to watch the documentary we watched in class, that link can also be found below.

The Crucible – Background Info

The Salem Witch Trials Documentary

If you missed class on Tuesday, October 31, you missed viewing the 2014 CSHS Theatre production of Act 1 of The Crucible. Viewing this interpretation of the first Act will help you in understanding the play as a whole since plays are intended to be viewed rather than simply read.

CSHS Crucible Act 1

Revise-Edit-Publish Your Essay

If you are not finished with the “Self Review” assignment, you need to finish that first. Be sure to go through your essay while looking for the “Fix Its” on the back side of the Self Review. Here is a copy of that document: Self Review & Fix Its

Here is a document to help you embed your textual evidence more effectively: Embedded Textual Evidence

Here is a document to help you write your Intros and Conclusions.

Once you are ready to begin typing your essay, you need to format your document in MLA format.

You may use one of my templates (WORD or GOOGLE DOCS), or follow the  formatting instructions below:

  1. Set the font (Times New Roman, 12 pt)
  2. Set the spacing (2.0 spacing, Remove Space After Paragraph)
  3. Type your MLA heading
  4. Insert Last Name and Page Number in the Header (insert>page number>top of page>plain number 3)
  5. Close Header/Footer
  6. Title Centered after MLA Heading
  7. Essay Left Justified
  8. Indent (TAB) the first line of each paragraph


Here is a video that will walk you through the process:

Be sure to include a Works Cited Page!

Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men. Penguin Books, 1993.

When you finish typing your essay, you will submit the final draft to turnitin.com. Here are instructions for setting up your account and instructions for submitting an essay via turnitin.com:


Rhetorical Analysis Paragraph

We are writing one rhetorical analysis paragraph in class as part of your rhetorical analysis process grade.

If you would like extra credit, you may write a complete rhetorical analysis essay. Use THESE INSTRUCTIONS to help you structure your essay. Extra credit essays must be typed and submitted to turnitin.com by Friday, September 15.

“Letter from a Birmingham Jail”


Annotation Examples from Class:

Ethos (Establishing Credibility):

  • “Fellow Clergymen”
  • “But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will…” (1)
  • “I have the honor of serving…” (2)
  • “Just as the prophets of the eighth century…” (3)
  • “Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary…” (10)
  • “It was evidenced sublimely in the refusal of Shadrach, Mescach, and Abednego…” (18)
  • “Was not Jesus an extremist…” (24)

Pathos (Appeals to Emotion):

  • “While confined here in the Birmingham city jail” (1)
  • “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” (4)
  • “we were the victims of a broken promise” (7)
  • “our hopes had been blasted, and the shadow of deep disappointment settled upon us” (8)
  • “dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood” (10)
  • Paragraph 13
  • Paragraph 14 (except the first sentence)
  • “Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever” (23)
  • “…moving with a sense of great urgency toward the promised land of racial justice” (23)
  • “Will we be extremists for hate…” through end of para 24

Logos (Appeals to Logic and Reason):

  • “If I sought to answer all…” (1)
  • “…patient and reasonable terms” (1)
  • “So I, along with several members of my staff, am here because I was invited…” (2)
  • “I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states” (4)
  • “Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds” (4)
  • “But your statement, I am sorry to say, fails…” through the end of para 5
  • Paragraph 6
  • “On the basis of these promises, the Reverend…” (7)
  • “We had no alternative except to prepare…” through end of paragraph 8
  • “Nonviolent direct action seeks to create…” (10)
  • “The purpose of our direct-action program is to create a situation…” (11)
  • “have hope that Mr. Boutwell will be reasonable enough… It is a historical fact…” (12)
  • “We have waited more than 340 years…” (14)
  • Paragraph 16
  • Paragraph 17
  • Paragraph 19
  • “I had hoped the white moderate…in the open where it can been seen and dealt with” (20)
  • “If one recognizes this vital urge…” through end of paragraph 23
  • “But though I was initially disappointed at being categorizd as an extremist…” (24)

Addressing the Opposition

  • “While confined here in the Birmingham city jail” (1)
  • “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” (4)
  • “we were the victims of a broken promise” (7)
  • “our hopes had been blasted, and the shadow of deep disappointment settled upon us” (8)
  • “dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood” (10)
  • Paragraph 13
  • Paragraph 14 (except the first sentence)
  • “Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever” (23)
  • “…moving with a sense of great urgency toward the promised land of racial justice” (23)
  • “Will we be extremists for hate…” through end of para 24

Other Rhetorical Strategies

  • Analogy: “everything Adolph Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everythingthe Hungarian freedom fighters did was “illegal” (19)
  • Metaphor: “tied in a single garment of destiny” (4)
  • Simile: “Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid” (3)
  • Antithesis/Parallel Syntax: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” (4)
  • Historical Allusions: “Socrates felt that it was necessary…” (10)
  • Biblical Allusions: “Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus” (3)
  • Rhetorical Questions: “Why direct action?” (10)
  • Anaphora: Repetition of “When you…” (14)
  • Symbols: “dark depths…majestic heights” (10)
  • Hyperbole: “creep at horse and buggy pace” (14)


English III Independent Reading

There are two parts to your Independent Reading Project. Keep in mind that this project is a DOUBLE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT GRADE that will be a significant part of your grade for this six weeks. This can be an opportunity to significantly raise your grade.

The FIRST PART of your Independent Reading Project is a Book Analysis:

  • Instructions for FICTION (not a true story, but may be realistic)
  • Instructions for NONFICTION (true story, memoir, or informational)

The final draft of your book analysis may be handwritten or typed.

*Please keep in mind that the handwritten example uses the old style of MLA format. Be sure to use the updated MLA 8 citation style explained in your instructions. There is an example of an MLA 8 citation in the typed example.


The SECOND PART of your Independent Reading Project is a One Pager. See the example below:


College and Career Research

As we begin our research unit, the resources below will help guide you through the process.  Though we will have specific days dedicated to steps in the process, research is an individual task and requires that you to work at the individual pace necessary to meet deadlines.

Research Introduction:

Research Project Instructions

Prezi Intro from Class

Gathering Credible Sources:

Remember that you need FIVE sources. Be sure to print out/photocopy all of your sources!

  • You should have at least one source from Career Cruising database source
  • At least one source should come from your College/University (.edu) website (or business for the career option)
  • You may also use Federal (.gov) sources such as the Department of Education or FAFSA
  • Wikis are not credible or scholarly sources because anyone can add/edit content.
  • Blogs and discussion boards are not credible or scholarly because the information provided is not verified as factual or properly documented.


Citing and Annotating Your Sources:

You will annotate and cite each source using the Annotation Supplement provided by me–each source should have a different color.

Here is an example of what your highlighted source and completed annotation supplement should look like.

Here are the digital copies of the resources we use in class for citing sources:

Annotated Bibliography:

Your Annotated Bibliography should be:

Drafting Your Research Paper:

Your paper should be about 1000 words in length (900-1200 is the acceptable range). You should also make sure your paper is formatted correctly (see video below).

Multimedia Presentation:

  • Present the information from the four topics of your research paper (either College option or Career options)
  • Include images and only  brief bullet points (not complete paragraphs of text on a slide)
  • May use PowerPoint, Prezi, Adobe Spark, or any other presentation program
  • 3-5 minutes in length


Presentation Rubric

Important Dates:

  • Jan. 11 – Sources 1-2 DUE (cited and annotated)
  • Jan. 17 – Sources 3-5 DUE (cited and annotated)
  • Jan. 20 – Annotated Bibliography DUE (via turnitin.com)
  • Jan. 25 – First Draft DUE (via turnitin.com)
  • Jan. 27 – Online Peer Review DUE (via turnitin.com)
  • Feb. 1 – FINAL DRAFT DUE (via turnitin.com)
  • Feb. 6-8 – Presentations in Class

BOLD = Academic Achievement Grade

Rhetorical Analysis Evaluation

If you missed the in-class evaluation, here is the PowerPoint and the Rubric that we looked at in class. I also shared a list of words for analysis to help you elevate your writing.

The evaluation is 20 points of your grade for this assignment. Make sure you have this completed before you come to class on Friday (10/14).

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