ENGL 1301: Composition I Dr. Zbeida Unit 3: Writing an Analysis
Essay #2: Guidelines for Revision
Use the following guidelines as you revise your Rhetorical or Visual Analysis.
Introduction & Thesis Statement: Your essay will need an introduction that draws readers in with a strong first line, or “hook,” and a specific, debatable thesis statement that focuses the attention on specific rhetorical elements and their significance.
Do I have an interesting first line, or “hook,” that draws readers into the essay?
Have I narrowed the focus to a specific text (like an image or a speech)? Have I clearly identified the author and title of the text under analysis?
Have I included a thesis statement that indicates specifically what I want to analyze and why it matters?
Have I considered the rhetorical situation (purpose, audience, context, medium/design, and genre)?
Development: Your essay should include ample supporting evidence from the text itself and one scholarly source to support the thesis. The evidence presented should focus on three or more rhetorical elements in the text. Ask yourself:
Have I included enough detail to describe the subject to my audience?
Have I used enough evidence to support my analysis of the text? Does the evidence come from the text itself and one other scholarly source?
Have I integrated evidence smoothly using summary, paraphrase, and quotation? Have I used a “frame” to integrate quotations?
Have I explicitly stated what insight this analysis provides? Why does it matter?
Do I address any other points of view or counterarguments related to my subject?
Organization: Your essay should present the supporting points for your analysis in a way that is clear to readers, such as in chronological, spatial, or emphatic order, and use transitional words, phrases, and sentences throughout to indicate how the events relate to one another. Ask yourself:
Do I organize my supporting points in a clear pattern, such as chronological or spatial order?
Have I used TRANSITIONS between paragraphs to indicate how the ideas I present relate to one another and to the thesis statement?
Within my paragraphs, do I use transitional words between sentences to indicate how each idea relates to the one before and after it?
Form, Format, & Assigned Guidelines: Your essay should address the assigned prompt in 1400 words, have limited errors in grammar and mechanics, use at least one scholarly source, and include documentation in MLA format. Ask yourself:
Does my essay address the assigned prompt? Is it at least 1400 words long?
Have I followed MLA format for my heading, spacing, etc.? If I used someone else’s words or ideas, did I cite them in MLA format (see Ch. 27, p. 535-590)?
Have I proofread my essay for errors in grammar and mechanics?
Have I saved my file in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format? (use “FirstLastName_E2”)
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