In your rhetorical analysis essays, be sure to accurately identify rhetorical and literary devices the author employs, and then examine how they create effects and help build the author's point.
Intelligent analysis explores the depth of the author's ideas and how the author's presentation enhances those ideas. Then dive into the depth of the author's thoughts and enjoy how good writing enhances interesting ideas.
Explain exactly how the evidence presented leads to your thesis. A medium- to low-scoring paper merely reports what's in the passage.
A high-scoring paper makes relevant, insightful, analytical points about the passage. Your conclusion, like your introduction, shouldn't be longwinded or elaborate.
To intelligently respond to the author's ideas, keep in mind that the AP readers and college professors are impressed by the student who can conduct "civil discourse," a discussion that fully understands all sides before taking a stand.
Avoid oversimplification and remember that judgment stops discussion.Do attempt, however, to provide more than mere summary; try to make a point beyond the obvious, which will indicate your essay's superiority.In other words, try to address the essay's greater importance in your conclusion.Be sure you understand the author's rhetorical purpose: Is it to persuade? Like the argument essays, you'll want to liberally use the text, both implicitly and explicitly.A sophisticated writer embeds phrases from the text into his or her own sentences during discussion.Christopher Taylor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Texas.He received his Ph D in English Literature and Medieval Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014.Frequently, a very good essay demonstrates understanding of multiple sides of an issue and presents a "qualifying argument" that appreciates these many sides.Show awareness of culture, history, philosophy, and politics.Prove that you are capable of intelligent "civil discourse," a discussion of important ideas.However, always be sure to connect your ideas to the thesis.