Kennedy Essay Notes Logos, Pathos, and Ethos are technically not Rhetorical Strategies but Rhetorical APPEALS. Be careful about this one. If you mess up and and write about these appeals as strategies on the AP Lang test, your score will automatically be lowered. I asked my AP Lang teacher about the past/present tense issue when writing about old speeches and essays. He said it’s best to write in the present tense when analyzing these essays to be more decisive and have a stronger voice. So, let’s all use present tense when analyzing past essays/speeches. Overall, these essays were worse than the Florence Kelley essays. Many students slipped back into a summary without explicating analyzing the rhetoric in the essay. Students did improve on embedding their quotations into their own writing. On our AP Lang Rubric for this essay, it says: analysis refers to identifying features of a text AND explaining HOW the author uses these to develop meaning or to achieve a particular effect or purpose. Most students identified the features of the text but skipped the HOW. 1.For your essay, highlight your thesis statement. 2.Highlight each rhetorical technique mentioned. 3.Then, IN A DIFFERENT COLOR highlight your analysis (the how and why the technique is used) 4.Finally, highlight your concluding statement. After reading the three example essays, rescore your essay. If it’s different than the score I gave you, turn in the essay with an explanation and the above assignment done. Presentation Comments: Overall, good job!!! A couple of points of reference: Tone refers to the author’s attitude about the topic, not the mood created by the author. Theme should be a full sentence, not one word! Don’t read the whole power point as it is. We can all read, and it is boring to have a student repeat exactly what we see. Plus, it messes up your eye contact. Proofread anything you turn in for class, especially major assignments. Some students had their style analysis score lowered due to many easy-to-correct errors, like capitalizing the letter “I”!.
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