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Rhetorical Analysis - Satire

School: WHEELS (Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School)

City/State: New York, NY

Grade(s): 11, 12

Format(s): Essay

Subject(s): English Language Arts

Type(s): Argument/Opinion

Writing Assignment Description

Following close reading and rhetorical analysis of texts in the genre of satire, students argued about how the language and style choices of various authors help to establish their messages. 

How This Writing Can Be Useful

  • Inspires writers by creating an engaging, animated author's voice, while maintaining a formal tone
  • Uses multiple citations from a variety of texts in a purposeful and fluid manner
  • Creates cohesion throughout the piece through clear organization
  • Model of how to use transitions and syntax to clarify relationships between ideas
  • Organizes complex ideas about author's craft and theme to compare various texts in a sophisticated analysis

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can objectively summarize a literary text.
  • I can analyze the impact of author’s choices on the development and relationship of elements of a story or drama.
  • I can analyze how an author’s choices about how to structure specific parts of a text contribute to the overall structure, meaning and aesthetic impact.
  • I can analyze how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness or beauty of the text.
  • I can write an analysis of substantive topics or text using valid reasoning and sufficient evidence.
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