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First Draft of a Rhetorical Analysis of a Public Document Assignment
Write a 750-1,000-word essay that includes an analysis of a public document.
Your task is to do a close reading of a public document, summarize it, and then analyze its rhetorical situation. Use the sample rhetorical analysis from the textbook (pages 57-60) as a flexible guide—not as a rigid model. Your analysis will contain a few more features than the one found in the book. How you organize your analysis will depend in part on the writing you choose and in part on the decisions you make about how to arrange the parts of your analysis.
Directions (based on the Rhetorical Analysis assignment from chapter 2 of The Call to Write).
Read the Centers for Disease Control
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4. How does the writer define the rhetorical situation and identify the call to write? What is the writer’s orientation toward the issues involved? What is at stake for the writer? 5. Who is the intended audience? Is the writer addressing one group or more than one group of readers? Is the writer trying to bring an audience into being? What kind of relationship is the writer trying to establish with readers? What assumptions about readers does the writer seem to make? 6. How does the writer use language? What is the writer’s tone? What does the writer’s word choice show about his or her assumptions about readers? Does the writer use specialized terms or slang? Are there memorable figures of speech? Does the writer stereotype? 7. What is your personal stake in this issue? How do your past experiences with this topic (or previous knowledge about it) inform your perspective? What is your response to assertions that the writer makes? Do you agree and/or disagree with the writer? Why? 8. What is your evaluation of the rhetorical effectiveness? Does the writer accomplish his or her purposes? What constraints, if any, qualify the writing’s effectiveness?
Write your essay:
After developing your ideas, write a cohesive essay (example on pages 57-60) that: 1. Introduces and summarizes the CDC website on ADD/ADHD 2. Analyzes the piece of writing (here, you

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