This goal of this assignment is to learn and utilize the skills of analysis. Ana
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This goal of this assignment is to learn and utilize the skills of analysis. Analytical thinking and writing are at the core of higher education and this assignment (pre-writing assignments as well as the final paper) will approach analysis in different forms in order to provide a broad understanding of the various functions of analysis. In the final paper assignment, you will be asked to use the analytical skills you’ve developed to analyze a visual text of your choice.
How does analysis differ from response? As you recall from our previous assignment, responding to a text requires that you introduce your own opinion/perspective to an existing idea/set of ideas. In other words, for a response you were asked to “integrate ideas and information from sources with your own ideas” (Course syllabus).
In an analysis, however, you will be asked to provide an objective assessment of the text. Where response includes personal opinion and background knowledge, analysis involves a close reading/viewing of a text to determine two things: what function the text serves and how it performs this function. Personal opinions, agreements, and/or disagreements (e.g. “I think, I feel, I believe…”) are NOT part of an analysis.
Pre-writing goals and tasks: We will familiarize ourselves with the function of analysis and how it is done. We will view different examples of visual analysis as well as practice analysis in various forms. We will consider several questions including but not limited to:
1) What is the difference between subjective and objective and why does it matter?
2) What is rhetoric? What are rhetorical techniques?
3) How do we determine an author/artist’s rhetorical purpose?
Final paper assignment:
For the final paper, you will be asked to write a rhetorical analysis of a visual text of your choice. You project will include a thesis that details your rhetorical analysis, informing the reader of the author/writer/designer/artist’s rhetorical purpose (what) and the techniques used to achieve his/her purpose (how). You will then use examples from the text to argue your thesis/analysis to your reader.