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Rhetorical Analysis
Rhetorical Analysis
Criteria Ratings
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeEffectiveness of purpose:
Excellent
Essay has a complex, insightful, effective thesis / purpose, that is sustained consistently throughout the entire essay. All elements of prompt addressed with sophistication within major claim(s).
Good
Essay contains a clear, appropriate thesis / purpose that is sustained consistently and answers the question(s) posed in the prompt.
Acceptable
Essay has a thesis / purpose, but there may be inconsistencies or unevenness among the various elements. Not all elements of prompt addressed clearly or completely in major claim(s).
Weak (In Need of Focused Improvement)
The thesis or purpose is weak or absent. The essay is more a listed compilation of rhetorical elements. Some components of prompt not addressed in major claim(s).
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeResponse to assignment:
Excellent
Each component of the essay responds to the assignment in depth, thoroughly exploring the movement assigned and the analyzing the rhetorical devices and strategies in a meaningful way. Position and argument goes beyond class conversation to bring new insight.
Good
Each component of the essay responds appropriately to the assignment, exploring the assigned movement and the rhetorical devices and strategies strongly. Position might step out beyond class conversation, but understanding of rhetorical strategies is less insightful.
Acceptable
Most components in the essay respond to the assignment. Attempt at evaluating rhetoric and its relationship to the text’s transference of meaning to an audience explored in a general way. Ideas might at times display understanding of class conversation, but not go beyond it.
Weak (In Need of Focused Improvement)
respond to the assignment appropriately and treat the issues of the movement and the rhetorical strategies behind it in a superficial, simplistic, or disjointed manner. Does not display understanding of class conversation or readings.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSupport:
Excellent
he thesis and supportive evidence are fully and convincingly developed, supported with insightful reasons and explanations, appropriate analysis of elements, and compelling examples that are suitable for an academic audience. Research is insightful and supportive.
Good
The thesis and supportive evidence are well-developed, supported with good reasons and explanations, analysis of elements and examples that are suitable for an academic audience. Research is appropriate in scope and volume.
Acceptable
The thesis and supportive evidence are adequately developed, supported with some reasons and explanations, analysis of elements and examples, most of which are suitable for an academic audience. Research might be less insightful, appropriate, or explored.
Weak (In Need of Focused Improvement)
The thesis and supportive evidence are inadequately developed, unsupported, and elements are ignored. Examples may be unsuitable for an academic audience. Research is thin, off-topic, or merely dropped into the paper without analysis.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOrganization:
Excellent
Each component is well structured; its form contributes to its purpose. All elements are carefully linked and synthesized to support the thesis. There is a logic to the movement of the argument.
Good
Each component is generally well structured with only a few flaws in overall organization. All elements are linked to the thesis, but lack complete synthesis. Transitions might not be smooth.
Acceptable
Elements are adequately organized and generally linked to the thesis but lack synthesis. Might be difficult for reader to comprehend. Some repetition.
Weak (In Need of Focused Improvement)
Several components are poorly structured; organizational flaws undermine their effectiveness. Various elements may be only peripherally linked to the thesis or not linked at all.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGrammar and Mechanics:
Excellent
Each component is correct in terms of its syntax, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and format. Mastery over grammar and syntax with little to no flaws.
Good
Only a few errors in terms of its syntax, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and format. Still exhibits control over grammar and syntax throughout.
Acceptable
Wavering command of syntax/grammar that distract somewhat from essay’s effectiveness but does not hinder reader’s ability to decipher content. Frequent MLA mistakes.
Weak (In Need of Focused Improvement)
Sentence and speech level errors are so frequent and disruptive that they detract from the essay’s effectiveness. No attempt at MLA.

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