• Rhetorical Analysis Structure Exercise                                  Name: __________________________

    Let’s practice the thinking behind rhetorical analysis, which is as easy as 1-2-3:

    (1) Identify the writer’s purpose,
    (2) label their technique(s), quoting an example, and
    (3) explain how the technique supports the purpose.

    To do this, pick a speech from one of the following websites. Read the description of its purpose and the excerpt given, then practice the 3-step process below or on notebook paper. You need not analyze the whole speech, just the excerpt. Repeat until you can do this quickly and effectively.

     

    1. Speaker: _____________________________ Speech Title: “________________________________”

    Writer’s purpose: ______________________________________________________________________

    Your label for a technique they use: _______________________________________________________

    Quote that illustrates the technique: _______________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________________

    Explanation for how technique supports purpose: ____________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________________

    1. Speaker: _____________________________ Speech Title: “________________________________”

    Writer’s purpose: ______________________________________________________________________

    Your label for a technique they use: _______________________________________________________

    Quote that illustrates the technique: _______________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________________

    Explanation for how technique supports purpose: ____________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________________

     

    1. Speaker: _____________________________ Speech Title: “________________________________”

    Writer’s purpose: ______________________________________________________________________

    Your label for a technique they use: _______________________________________________________

    Quote that illustrates the technique: _______________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________________

    Explanation for how technique supports purpose: ____________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________________

     

    1. Speaker: _____________________________ Speech Title: “________________________________”

    Writer’s purpose: ______________________________________________________________________

    Your label for a technique they use: _______________________________________________________

    Quote that illustrates the technique: _______________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________________

    Explanation for how technique supports purpose: ____________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________________

     

    1. Speaker: _____________________________ Speech Title: “________________________________”

    Writer’s purpose: ______________________________________________________________________

    Your label for a technique they use: _______________________________________________________

    Quote that illustrates the technique: _______________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________________

    Explanation for how technique supports purpose: ____________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________________

     

Last Modified on April 24, 2018