Rhetorical Investigation

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  • Peer-review draft: Feb. 22, 10:00 PM
  • Peer review: Feb. 26, 10:00 PM
  • Revised draft: March 3, 10:00 PM

General Assignment

In this assignment you will select a rhetorical theory or method to investigate, research the subject, and report your finds.

Getting Started and Researching Your Topic

To get started, you may want to browse the following:

Once you have identified your topic, begin researching it. Questions to consider as you conduct your research:

  • who developed it?
  • how has it evolved?
  • how is it currently used?

Your research will almost certainly need to include scholarly sources; don’t forget that not everything is online, and that you may need to include print materials as well as electronic sources.

General Requirements

Your paper should include the following elements:

  • An overview, in which you explain the theory or method and its history/development (2-6 double-spaced pages).
  • A description of how the theory or method has been applied; here you will show how someone else (not the originator of the theory) has used the theory or method (2-6 double-spaced pages).
  • A discussion exploring how might you, as a writer, might use this theory or method (2-4 double-spaced pages).
  • A works cited.

Peer-review Draft

Your peer-review draft should be a complete, revised, and edited draft of your project.

Please submit your peer-review draft via Blackboard using the File Exchange tool to within your assigned Rhetorical Investigation Project Peer-review Group.

Instructor-review Draft

Based upon your peer-review, revise your project at least once.

Please submit your essay as an attachment via the Assignments tool in Blackboard.