Rhetorical Analysis of a Public Document Assignment Essay

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Draft of a Rhetorical Analysis of a
Public Document Assignment

Goal

Write a 750-1,000-word essay that analyzes the rhetorical situation of a public document. This public document is the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) website on Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) found at: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/facts.html. Your analysis should include at least TWO scholarly sources outside of class texts.

Directions

Complete a close reading of the assigned public document. Then, write a cohesive essay that: 1. Introduces and summarizes the CDC website on ADHD. 2. Analyzes the rhetorical tools used on the site (here, you will want to incorporate ideas from your preanalysis below). For instance, your essay
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* Use the GCU Library to help you find sources. * Include this research in the paper in a scholarly manner.

Format

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the GCU Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

Turnitin

* You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center. * Please be sure to review your Turnitin score before submitting the draft to your instructor. * Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.

Preparing to Write the Essay

Read the site closely: 1. Read the webpage on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) found at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/facts.html 2. Use the reading strategies in Chapter 2 of The Call to Write to help you better understand the site: * 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. * On a second reading, pay attention to what the writer(s) of the CDC site is doing by describing the writer’s 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 them—pick three that make the most sense to you. Your close reading will help you generate ideas for your essay. * What is the context of the

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