Here are some criteria for writing a rhetorical analysis. Click on each to get information and tips. On each criteria page there are links to student examples.
Analyze a rhetorical artifact
in terms of HOW it communicates (not just what it communicates).
Ask a research question(s)
about how the artifact communicates.
Propose an answer(s) to the
research question(s) about how the artifact communicates--sometimes called
a claim or thesis statement.
Use some units of analysis
and/or theory as a lens through which to analyze how the artifact
Provide evidence to show
that the answer(s) is right--or at least an interesting way to look at communication.
Offers analysis of the evidence
to show how it answers the researach question(s).
Explain the significance of
the question for some audience who might be interested in reading your analysis.
Make a coherent argument that
your answer is right or at least interesting.