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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
*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:
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.