Nonfiction Rhetorical Analysis

By Amber Day

Overview of Project Steps (click the links to learn more!)

  1. Read "A Speech the American Equal Rights Association" by Sojourner Truth.
  2. Create a free Smore account and select the layout you will use for your digital analysis.
  3. Read the rubric for project 3 to understand what your digital analysis must include.
  4. Create your digital analysis, completing all sections per the rubric.
  5. Review your digital analysis against the self-check for project 3. Revise as needed!
  6. Submit the link to your digital analysis to Mrs. Day in lesson 10!

Our Learning Targets for Project 3

Lesson 6: I can describe the main idea of a text using the skill of identifying the five W's and the H


Lesson 7: I can describe the organization of the text using a the skill of vocabulary and figurative language


Lesson 8: I can describe the author's purpose of the selection using the skill of accessing prior knowledge


Lesson 9: I can make and explain connections between the text and the world in general


Lesson 10: I can use close reading strategies to create an analysis of "A Speech to the American Equal Rights Association" by Sojourner Truth

WHAT SHOULD MY DIGITAL ANALYSIS INCLUDE?

I can describe the main idea of a text using the skill of identifying the five W's and the H

The MAIN IDEA section of your digital analysis must:

  • Identify the author, date, location, and title of the speech.
  • Explain who the author is and what they are known for.
  • Identify the audience and why this event was taking place.
  • Summarize the main ideas of the speech.
  • Integrate at least one image or video that enhances the information presented in this section.
Sojourner Truth - Mini Biography
Event Flyer for the American Equal Rights Association

Who were the members of the American Equal Rights Association and why were they meeting on May 9th?

I can describe the organization of the text using a the skill of vocabulary and figurative language.

The ORGANIZATION section of your digital analysis must:


  • Identify 1 example of figurative language used in the speech, analyze how it enhances the author's main idea, and provide evidence from the text to support your analysis.
  • Identify 1 example of a rhetorical device used in the speech, analyze its effectiveness in persuading the audience, and provide evidence from the text to support your analysis.
  • Integrate at least one image or video that enhances the information presented in this section.
Figurative Language and other literary devices
Complete list of Rhetorical Devices

What are the most commonly used rhetorical techniques in public speaking? Check out this resource!

I can describe the author's purpose of the selection using the skill of accessing prior knowledge

The AUTHOR'S PURPOSE section of your digital analysis must:


  • Explain why the author wrote this speech.
  • Analyze what events or ideas influenced the author to write this speech.
  • Identify the call to action the author made to her audience.
  • Provide evidence from the text that illustrates how the author used rhetoric to persuade her audience to respond to the call to action.
  • Integrate at least one image or video that enhances the information presented in this section.
What is text evidence?

I can make and explain connections between the text and the world in general

The CONNECTIONS section of your digital analysis must:


  • Identify and explain one example of how the main ideas of the speech relate to the world today.
  • Integrate one image or video that enhances the information presented in this section.