02 Oct

We have been looking at arguments and their rhetorical elements, specifically: the rhetorical situation triangle (author, audience, topic/ideas, and context or Kairos). Now, we will introduce the classical appeals (ethos, pathos, logos) into consideration. All of this will be important to your second project, in which you will make a rhetorical analysis of one specific song that addresses a larger social argument. Your claim will argue the success or failure of the song’s argument. I expect you to use the language of the class and address the specific appeals that we discuss. You will support you claim by giving various kinds of evidence (personal experience, research, authorities, specific quotes from the song, etc.).

For your second project, you will:

  • Select a single song that addresses a social argument to analyze. Some songs work better than others, so your selection is important.
  • Use a specific intro strategy, as discussed in class.
  • Give a summary of the song and explain its social argument.
  • You will need to make a specific claim about the success or failure of the singer’s/writer’s use of the appeal(s) in your song.
  • You will directly quote your song using APA style in-text citations and appropriate lead-ins/attributions.
  • You will address the appeal(s) within your song and their connection(s) to the communication triangle.
  • You will need to include 1 source other than your song in your analysis–think interviews, music charts, or magazine articles. Never cite: Wikipedia,,, WebMD, dictionaries, encyclopedias, or any other overly general source.

Minimum Requirements:

  1. 1)  1,500 words (roughly, 4-5 pages)
  2. 2)  Use a specific, appropriate Introduction Strategy
  3. 3)  Make a specific claim about the success or failure of your song’s argument.
  4. 4)  Specifically, address the appeal(s) and how they work within the song.
  5. 5)  Provide specific support for your claim through various sources. You must use 1 outside source other than your song.
  6. 6)  Includes: APA title page, running header, page numbers, margins, font (12 pt. Times), in-text citations, and reference page.



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Posted by on October 2, 2017 in Academic Writing


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