Assignment: Select a paragraph of professional prose (but not the same paragraph you chose for the first essay), and analyze its use of structure and punctuation to achieve the intended rhetorical effect. Consider not only the strategies and devices you covered for the first analytic paper, but also anything that we have covered since then in Williams, Christensen, and Kolln. Try to determine the author's rhetorical intent and discuss your analysis in terms of that intent. Present your findings to the reader in an essay that follows the organizational framework and guidelines of R. B. McKerrow's "Form and Matter in the Publication of Research."
Audience: Assume that the reader of your essay is someone who has not taken this course but who understands the basics of grammar and is interested in your analysis.
Length: 1000-1500 words of text.
Due Date: The beginning of class on Tuesday, May 6.
Format: The submitted copy should be typed, double-spaced, on 8 1/2" x 11" typing paper. Do not use onion-skin paper or erasable bond. Fasten the pages with a staple or paper clip in the top, left-hand corner of the sheet. Do not put your completed paper in a folder or plastic cover, and do not include fly sheets (i.e. sheets with nothing on them). A cover sheet will not be necessary. Formatting (pagination, margins, title, etc.) should accord with MLA (Modern Language Association) guidelines. Details concerning MLA style can be found in The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (1984 or later), in handbooks of writing style (1985 or later), or by clicking here.
Late Papers: One letter grade will be deducted for each class meeting that the paper is late.