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Think Like a Researcher: Instruction Resources: Summary - Key Assignments

Teaching Research And Information Literacy (TRAIL) Curriculum Resources for Writing 10

Rhetorical Analysis

The purpose of the rhetorical analysis in the context of TRAIL, is to examine an argument-based text to analyze and evaluate the effectiveness/persuasiveness of the argument being communicated. Articles may be analyzed based on how well the author uses assumptions, evidence, fallacies, thesis, structure, tone, figurative language, rhetorical appeal (ethos, pathos, logos) to support the argument.

Examples of Rhetorical Analysis Assignments are linked below. Feel free to use/adapt one of these or use an assignment of your own.

Research Proposal

The Research Proposal assignment is designed to help students come up with a research question/topic that will lead to a successful research experience and ultimately a well-researched paper.

Annotated Bibliography

The Annotated Bibliography assignment is designed not only to help students identify potential articles for their research papers, but also to help them read and critically evaluate these sources for relevance and authority. To emphasize the recursive nature of the research process, students should also be advised that sources beyond those in the annotated bibliography may be needed to fill unanticipated information gaps discovered in the writing process.

Final Argument Paper (Problem/Solution)

The final paper for Writing 10 TRAIL sections should be focused on well researched evidence, multiple perspectives and argumentation.

Definitional Argument (Alternative)

The definition argument essay is intended to have students conduct preliminary research on a term or phrase that may be related to an area of research interest.  It also allows students to rhetorically analyze sources.

Sample Student Work - fall 2016

Students gave permission for their word to be used as models.  Please still use with care.  Though names are removed, students sometimes still reveal personal elements in the topics they choose.