Rhetorical Analysis People can learn a great deal about public speaking from listening to others deliver their messages. For this rhetorical analysis, students will watch a historically important speech from American Rhetoric’s website (www.americanrhetoric.com) or the History Channel’s website (www.history.com). A rhetorical analysis allows one to examine parts of a presentation to explain how these work to either inform, persuade, or entertain. For this assignment, please do the following: • Choose a video (audio only clips are not allowed) from www.history.com or www.americanrhetoric.com – other websites are not allowed.
• Choose one speaker to focus on, consider the context of the speech, and determine whether their goal during the presentation was to inform, persuade, or entertain. • Write a 2-3 page (typed, double-spaced, Calibri font – size 11) essay with an introduction, body, and conclusion • The thesis statement should be the last sentence of the introduction paragraph must reveal the name of the speaker and what they aimed to either inform, persuade, or entertain on. Also, reflect in the thesis if the speaker was successful or unsuccessful. • At least three main ideas should be provided to support your thesis statement. Explain how the speaker’s words and body language helped to express a point or idea in relation to the context of the situation. Each main idea must have at least one quote or specific example to prove your point. • Add a Works Cited (MLA format) page. See the link on Blackboard if you need help creating an entry for a speech.