Speech Rhetorical Analysis Essay

Rhetorical Triangle

Essay Prompt: What makes a speech effective and persuasive?  Choose one speech from the book, Great Speeches of the 20th Century, and complete a rhetorical analysis essay.  Consider the rhetorical appeals, devices, the audience, purpose and speaker.  Include specific textual evidence to back up your claims.

Essay Final Draft Must Include:

  • Clear Thesis/Claim
  • Specific textual evidence, cited in MLA Format, explained and analyzed
  • Elements of “SOAPStone” (Subject, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Speaker, Tone)
  • Discussion of author’s Text Structure
  • Evaluate the author’s Rhetorical Appeals (Logos, Ethos, Pathos)
  • Analyze rhetorical devices (use academic vocabulary from AP Language packet)
  • A well-organized 2-3 page essay (Introduction, Body, Conclusion)
  • Editing/Revision for spelling, grammar and conventions
  • MLA Formatting (12 point, Times New Roman, Double Spaced, correct parenthetical citations)

Writing Process:

  • Rhetorical Devices Graphic Organizer (20 points)
  • Rough Draft (40 points)
  • Editing/Revision (20 points)
  • Typed Final Draft, MLA Formatted (100 points)

Final Draft due Wednesday, November 13!


6 thoughts on “Speech Rhetorical Analysis Essay

  1. What the literacy device called that has the speaker repeating himself can’t find it on the packet you gave us…
    “I have a dream… I have a dream…”

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