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Draft of a Rhetorical Analysis of a
Public Document Assignment


Write a 750-1,000-word essay that analyzes the rhetorical situation of a public document. This public document is the Centers for Disease Controlas (CDC) website on Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) found at: /html
2. Use the reading strategies in Chapter 2 of The Call to Write to help you better understand the site:
o Do a first reading that uses underlining, annotation, and summary to make sure you understand what the writer is saying. Go back to any sections that need clarification.
o On a second reading, pay attention to what the writer(s) of the CDC site is doing by describing the writeras strategy.

Conduct a preanalysis:
1. Use your close reading to analyze the rhetorical situation of the site.
2. Here are some questions to guide your analysis.
3. You do NOT need to answer all of thema pick three that make the most sense to you. Your close reading will help you generate ideas for your essay.
a? What is the context of the issue(s)?
a) What do you know about the topic?
b) What issues does the topic raise?
c) Is there a larger debate, discussion, or controversy already going on?
d) What seems to be at stake?
a? Who is the writer?
a. What do you know about the writeras background, credibility, knowledge of the topic, beliefs, and social allegiances?
a? What is the publication?
a. What do you know about its intended readers, reputability, political slant, and the topics it covers?
a? How does the writer define the rhetorical situation and identify the call to write?
a. What is the writeras orientation toward the issues involved?
b. What is at stake for the writer?
a? Who is the intended audience?
a. Is the writer addressing one group or more than one group of readers?
b. Is the writer trying to bring an audience into being?
c. What kind of relationship is the writer trying to establish with readers?
d. What assumptions about readers does the writer seem to make?
a? How does the writer use language?
a. How does the writer use ethos, pathos, and logos to appeal to the audience?
b. What is the writeras tone?
c. What does the writeras word choice show about his or her assumptions about readers?
d. Does the writer use specialized terms or slang?
e. Are there memorable figures of speech?
f. Does the writer stereotype?
a? What is your evaluation of the rhetorical effectiveness?
a. Does the writer accomplish his or her purposes?
b. What constraints, if any, qualify the writingas effectiveness?

Draft the essay:
Once youave completed the preanalysis, draft the essay. The essay should include:
1. Header, essay title, heading in GCU Style
2. An introduction paragraph with a thesis statement
3. At least three body paragraphs
4. A conclusion paragraph

Also, you will need to include a References page and in-text citations formatted in GCU Style with at least TWO scholarly sources outside of class texts.