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Rhetoric SOS

This first one I have linked to a bunch. BYU did a great job with their rhetoric pages. 

This second one is the Writing Center from Texas A & M and they offer some good advice for writing in general and specifically for writing a rhetorical analysis, though what they offer could easily fall into the 5 paragraph essay precipice if you aren’t careful to sidestep it.

These two links are from the same university and offer a great example of rhetorical analysis and some tips for conducting a rhetorical analysis as well as helpful writing tips in general. The one thing I will say though, is that the example essay commits a few egregious style errors. I gagged at least three times. Still though, the analysis is good.

And then there’s this one that even cites Bitzer!

More (pilfered) food for thought:

A complete rhetorical analysis requires the researcher to move beyond identifying and labeling in that creating an inventory of the parts of a text represents only the starting point of the analyst’s work.

From the earliest examples of rhetorical analysis to the present, this analytical work has involved the analyst in interpreting the meaning of these textual components–both in isolation and in combination–for the person (or people) experiencing the text. This highly interpretive aspect of rhetorical analysis requires the analyst to address the effects of the different identified textual elements on the perception of the person experiencing the text.

So, for example, the analyst might say that the presence of feature x will condition the reception of the text in a particular way. Most texts, of course, include multiple features, so this analytical work involves addressing the cumulative effects of the selected combination of features in the text.”

(Mark Zachary, “Rhetorical Analysis.” The Handbook of Business Discourse, ed. by Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini. Edinburgh Univ. Press, 2009)

Starbucks not just as an institution or as a set of verbal discourses or even advertising but as a material and physical site is deeply rhetorical. . . . Starbucks weaves us directly into the cultural conditions of which it is constitutive. The color of the logo, the performative practices of ordering, making and drinking the coffee, the conversations around the tables, and the whole host of other materialities and performances of/in Starbucks are at once the rhetorical claims and the enactment of the rhetorical action urged. In short, Starbucks draws together the tripartite relationships among place, body and subjectivity. As a material/rhetorical place, Starbucks addresses and is the very site of a comforting and discomforting negotiation of these relationships.

(Greg Dickinson, “Joe’s Rhetoric: Finding Authenticity at Starbucks.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Autumn 2002)

These are resources for you. Explanations. Go-to guides. Use them. Use them, I say!

Everyone Hates Comic Sans

Font is not just something AP Comp Teachers get to be snobbish about, it’s actually something lots of real people think about. And guess what? They all hate comic sans too. Maybe we’re all just font snobs and that’s okay. In fact, you should be too! (bandwagon fallacy)

To continue your indoctrination, please watch THIS, read THIS and maybe also THIS.

If you feel so inclined, I would suggest taking up the Comic Sans game as illustrated below. In fact, I might just base your entire grade on your participation. (argumentum ad baculum or “appeal to force” also just plain old manipulation)


There’s objectionable material in the cartoon and I just noticed it now. At 4:30pm. Sorry if you were offended. Er, this is a college course, get over it! Except that I feel bad…

So I censored it.

Because if you don’t play the game and — oh the horror! —  use Comic Sans then this will happen:
(And you thought the font assignment/discussion was silly! Ha!)
Die Comic Sans, die.

Holy Pathos, Batman!

These are just a few of many advertisements, campaigns, and PSAs that primarily use pathos (emotional appeals) to make their arguments. Or at least to make you take notice of their arguments. Feel free to link/embed any other similarly emotionally-charged videos that you find on your blog.

Some are powerful and effective, others are way over-the-top and basically rely on emotional warfare to make their point. Please be warned of the content if you are sensitive to any of these topics. The animated anti-bullying video is especially sensitive as it involves the hard issue of suicide as related to bullying.


Anti-bullying animation/poem

Mom Prison

Pfizer “More Than Drugs”

Kids see, kids do

Sad Monkeys Environmental Ad


Top Documentary Films

Check out this site if you still need to select a documentary to watch for your BLA assignment. It is not an exhaustive list of every documentary ever made but it’s a good, solid list.

Answer key to AP practice exam

  1. E
  2. D
  3. C
  4. C
  5. A
  6. E
  7. C
  8. A
  9. A
  10. B
  11. A
  12. E
  13. E
  14. C
  15. D
  16. A
  17. B
  18. B
  19. D
  20. D
  21. B
  22. C
  23. C
  24. B
  25. A
  26. B
  27. C
  28. B
  29. D
  30. C
  31. A
  32. B
  33. D
  34. C
  35. C
  36. A
  37. D
  38. B
  39. A
  40. B
  41. C
  42. D
  43. E
  44. D
  45. A
  46. C
  47. C
  48. D
  49. B
  50. A
  51. E
  52. E
  53. E
  54. C
  55. B

Waiting for Superman

The new documentary,Waiting for Superman is stirring up some controversy and raising some important issues related to the current state of education in America. This article form the NY Times is only one of many articles in response to the release of this film.

English vs American

Listen to the interview (a couple minutes): 

Browse the free online dictionary:

(this is NOT an assignment)

Mind games & insomnia


A Study of Ironic White Bears…

The World is Just Awesome

I like this

and this

Educational Policy

It all comes down to reading. Reading and playing. Who knew?

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