English Question

For this writing project, write a rhetorical analysis essay (a kind of critical analysis essay) that examines an argument about English as a global language. Start by identifying a text that presents an argument about global English. The text can be of any genre–including newspaper editorial, opinion sections of newspapers or magazines, blogs, websites, advertisements, signs, posters, and so on. (Keep in mind that analyzing short texts could require more effort in interpreting and explaining the text and its context.)

Once you have identified the text for analysis, explore the text and its context by considering the following questions: What is the writers purpose in writing the text? What kind of situation is the text responding to? Who is the writer? How does the writer establish his or her credibility? What is the writers attitude toward the subject? How do you know? Who is the primary audience? Who is the secondary audience? What is the major argument and how is it being built? What are some of the supporting arguments? What other arguments or perspectives are represented? What is the genre and what are some of the characteristic features that are expected? What are the characteristics that are actually found in the text? Is the text effective in communicating the main point to the audience? What can you say about the values and assumptions that are shared by members of the knowledge community? How does the author make use of the Modes of Persuasion?

Other Requirements

  • Five to six pages, double-spaced, with one-inch margins (this means 5 full pages AT MINIMUM, not including the Works Cited section)
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • MLA format (no title page, 4 line heading upper left of first page, last name/page # in upper right of each page, in-text citations, Works Cited page) “I will provide you with a first draft to begin with”