Rhetorical Analysis of Reading Source

What it is: A reading technique that explores how a writer attempts to persuade an audience.

What it does: Helps to analyze both the text and the persuasive means by which the speaker makes an argument.

SOAPS

S

Subject

What is the subject of the piece?

What theme or big idea do you see?

O

Occasion

What event or occasion do you think caused the author to write this piece?

A

Audience

To whom is the author writing? 

How do you know?

P

Purpose

What does the author want you to believe or understand?

Evidence to support this?

S

Speaker

What do we know about the speaker? 

How does this information inform their opinion?

After taking notes on the SOAPS (above)

Explore how the author uses persuasive appeals

  • Ethos =  author’s authority/ credibility
    • extrinsic: character/ expertise/ education/ experience of the speaker
    • intrinsic: how the writer writes or speaks
  • Logos = logic /evidence
    • facts
    • statistics
    • expert testimony
  • Pathos = appeals to emotions
    • love
    • pity
    • anger
    • and many more

Take notes on specific instances of these three persuasive appeals in the text.

 

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https://www.kent.edu/sites/default/files/file/Rhetorical%20Analysis%20of%20%20Reading%20Source.pdf