In your essay, you will provide rhetorical analysis of a documentary about a soc

In your essay, you will provide rhetorical analysis of a documentary about a social issue of your choosing. Use the titles given on the “Suggested Documentary List” available in this folder as well as the Week 4 module. If you choose a movie not on the list, please email Professor AK for approval. Please note that each documentary can earn you 5 points for your Civic Engagement Project as well.
In your paper, pay specific attention to the thesis of the documentary and how the director uses rhetorical appeals to persuade their viewer. Think about not just the words, but the visuals and music as well. You can write about one or all of those aspects.
Your essay’s thesis will address the documentary’s purpose and assess how the director attempted to achieve it. Alternatively, your thesis could take a position on their success: Did the film achieve its purpose or not?. Your conclusion should provide your reader with a summation of the rhetoric, as well as your own take away from the piece.
Use the textbook, as well as resources provided on Blackboard and discussed in class to aid in your analysis and composition of the essay.
The grading rubric is below and appears on
• All essays must include:
• A clear and concise thesis statement that addresses the topic
• Organized body paragraphs which each present and discuss clear, individual points relating to
the thesis
• Support from the text and your analysis/explication of the literature using direct quotations
• Correct citations for support, in MLA format
• See Purdue OWL and the “Resources” folder on Blackboard for help here.
• Active, direct language and strong, clear verbs
• Minimum length: Two pages, typed, double spaced, Times New Roman 12 pt., correct MLA
• Essays must NOT include:
• More than one paragraph of summary or a few summary sentences. You should make
arguments, not provide a summary of the text.
• Excessive pronouns: Pronouns limit your clarity and quality of writing.
• “Be” verbs: They are weak and, in most case

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