RHETORICAL CRITICISM ESSAY
Objective: To demonstrate the use and effects of rhetorical devices in a publicly delivered speech, and to familiarize students with basic public speaking concepts.
Directions: This essay assignment requires reflection and analysis based on observation of a publicly delivered speech utilizing concepts covered in class. You must choose ONE of these speeches to analyze:
When analyzing the speech you have chosen-. Therefore, this critique must include the following topics, as well as an introductory and concluding paragraph:
Speaker and Subject Identification: (a) biographical background of the speaker and credibility in subject area, (b) identification of the subject and the relationship of subject to the speaker. This task will require the selection and citation of sources to back your claims.
Audience and Occasion Analysis
Structure of the Speech:
Delivery of the Speech:
Effectiveness of the Speech:
This assignment should be written in formal essay style (APA format- using headings!), should be typed, use Times New Roman size 12 font, and should be 1500 - 2000 words, not including the title and reference pages.
Evaluation of the paper will be based on these criteria (100 points):
The paper should consist of approximately eighty percent argument based on personal observation and twenty percent definitions of the concepts from class to support or refute your argument. The essay will be assessed in accordance with guidelines published in the APA Style Guide (6th ed.).
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