guided rhetorical critiques



You will complete several “guided rhetorical critiques” throughout the semester. Each of them will feature a shared rhetorical artifact that we focus on for an entire module. For this module, your critique will focus on our assemblage of materials about the Occupy Movement. For this critique, you should do the following:


(1) Construct your own assemblage of key elements from the Occupy Movement (with a special focus on social media and virtual advocacy) based on our shared materials here in the module (please make a case for why/how your assemblage captures key elements of the movement for your audience and how it establishes significant ground for your analysis);


(2) Describe the historical context, specific setting(s) if any, particular mode (social media and virtual advocacy), and audience(s) for your assemblage. Please use the readings and other materials made available in this module to accomplish this task;


(3) Analyze your assemblage using any of the theoretical perspectives, critical tools, and/or terms we have learned so far this semester;


(4) Discuss areas of agreement and disagreement you have with the example rhetorical criticisms we read in this module by Kavada and Pason.


For the purposes of this critique, you can answer each question above separately or you can write an overall essay that is not divided up into separate answers so long as you address all of the required elements. Your essay should be 2-3 double-spaced pages. Each of the points above should thus receive about 1-2 paragraphs of coverage.




Your critique will be graded based on the following criteria:


Whether it reaches 2-3 double-spaced pages (1-inch margins in Word);

Its overall quality both in terms of content and composition (including grammar, spelling, and overall structure);

Whether you have cited appropriate materials from the module to back up your arguments (as noted above; e.g., the speech itself, Kavada, Pason, Crick, McGee, etc.);

You may use any citation method so long as you are consistent — for APA, MLA, and Chicago styles, please see the following website:

Whether your critique demonstrates a robust understanding of both rhetorical criticism and the artifact assemblage under consideration.