Download the Rhetorical Investigation assignment guidelines (pdf)
- Peer-review draft: Feb. 22, 10:00 PM
- Peer review: Feb. 26, 10:00 PM
- Revised draft: March 3, 10:00 PM
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:
- http://rhetorica.net/ especially http://www.rhetorica.net/meter.htm
- Brummett, Barry. “Rhetorical Methods in Critical Studies.” Rhetoric in Popular Culture. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2006. 90-147
- Bawarshi, Anis S., and Mary Jo Reiff. “Rhetorical Genre Studies.” Genre: An Introduction to History, Theory, Research, and Pedagogy. Fort Colins, CO: The WAC Clearinghouse, 2010. 78-104.
- Glynos, Jason et. al. “Discourse Analysis: Varieties and Methods.” (Available as PDF in Blackboard. See Handouts folder.)
- Feldman, Martha S. et. al. “Making Sense of Stories: A Rhetorical Approach to Narrative Analysis.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 14.2 (2004): 147-170. (Available as PDF in Blackboard. See Handouts folder.)
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.
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.
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.
Based upon your peer-review, revise your project at least once.
Please submit your essay as an attachment via the Assignments tool in Blackboard.