Imagine that you are writing a rhetorical analysis paper for potential publication in the journal Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric. Review the focus and scope of the journal, submission guidelines and past issues to familiarize yourself with the expectations and style of the journal.
The paper should include the following parts:
Introduction: Introduce the artifact(s) you analyze. Describe the background, context, audience, purpose, and genre of the artifact. Indicate the aim of your paper and the exigence (the "so what?").
Description of approach: Explain your approach to the analysis in relation to at least two appropriate, reliable sources (for example, other rhetorical analysis papers that informed your approach). Define any rhetorical concepts and/or theories you will use in the analysis.
Analysis: Analyze the rhetorical artifact using the concepts you defined in the above section. Your analysis should align with the approach you already described and use the concepts you have introduced.
Discussion: Based on your analysis, what have you discovered that was not apparent before? Why and for whom does this discovery matter? What implications does your analysis suggest? What kind of work/research needs to be done in the future to carry on this conversation?
You may use these as section headings if you wish, but as long as you do all of these things the organization of the paper is up to you (consider the organization of the papers you've already read in this course to guide your decision).
Follow the these YSIW submission guidelines:
"First-Year Spotlight" submissions are 5-25 pages double-spaced. I am not expecting anyone to write a 25-page paper. Aim for between five to eight pages (app. 2,000-4,000 words).
Your name and institutional affiliation do not appear on the manuscript.
Format your manuscript according to current MLA rules. (Exceptions: delete any MLA headers from your document that include your name, and do not use a separate title page.)