Rhetorical Situation Assignment
1. (50-100 words) Quickly do a few of the readings on the “What is Rhetoric?” link and click on a few and read until you have a sense of what rhetoric is. When you hear the word “rhetoric” used in everyday life, what do you imagine that it is? How is rhetoric defined in these more academic ways? How does rhetoric seem to be different from “English” or “Literature” (the English classes you took in high school or maybe community college?)
2. (50-100 words) Make a list of the 5 elements of the rhetorical situation. Keep these in your notes. What is the rhetorical situation, and why do you think it is called it a “situation?” What are the things about it that make it a situation? In the video, how does Dr. Cruz Medina define rhetorical situation? In the ThoughtCo piece, Richard Nordquist defines the rhetorical situation has having five parts, and not just three. Why do you think he adds two more? Is this completely different than Medina’s definition?
3. (50-100 words) Do this question quickly. List the five canons of rhetoric and briefly describe how each one is part of the writing process (including presenting to an audience). How can you use the five canons of rhetoric to help develop a more organized process for your writing?
4. (500 words or more) FINAL BIG QUESTION: Use these questions as a guide to your analysis.Rhetorical Situation Assignment
Review the Kendall Jenner Pepsi ad and the analysis on the Module 2 page. Then analyze the actual Pepsi ad. Begin by describing what you see. We must begin with the literal, factual answers to the questions first. THEN let those factual answers lead you into analysis. Do not begin with an interpretation or your opinion before you describe what you actually see.