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Assertion, Evidence, and Commentary

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  1. Assertion, Evidence, and Commentary By: Katelyn, Zoe, Justin, Megan, and Paige

  2. Assertion, Evidence, and Commentary is used when writing a rhetorical analysis essay.

  3. Assertion • A statement that answers the question asked in the prompt. • Ex: What do you claim about the author’s use of language? What rhetorical strategy was used? What method did the author use to convey his message?

  4. Evidence • The evidence should be used to back up your assertion. • The evidence comes directly from the text. It is an example from the passage that supports the claim. • It should be a direct quote or paraphrased line from the given passage.

  5. Commentary • THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE RHETORICAL ANAYLSIS!! • This is the part of the essay that explains why the evidence is significant and effective in conveying the author’s purpose.

  6. EXAMPLE • Any animal with teeth enough will chew off its leg to escape a trap. Human beings behaved similarly when chain gang imprisonment swept through the labor-starved South during Reconstruction. Beaten and driven like maltreated beasts, shackled to one another around the clock, prisoners turned to self-mutilation to make themselves useless for work. They slashed their bodies, broke their own legs, and crippled themselves by cutting their tendons.

  7. Question #2: How does Jack use the beast to control the other boys?

  8. Supporting Analysis Paragraph • Brent Staples’ effective use of the rhetorical mode of comparison allows him to convey the horrors of chain gangs. He begins his essay by explaining how “any animal with teeth enough will chew off its leg to escape a trap.” In an attempt to emphasize the dehumanizing treatment of the members of the chain gang, he connects the concept of the trapped animal to the chain gang members. By referring to the men as “beaten and driven like maltreated beasts” who are willing to turn to “self mutilation to make them selves useless for work.” Such a connection immediately allows the reader to understand the horror of the chain gangs staples sees it. These graphic details elicit emotions of sympathy for the men, and the reader begins to feel anger towards the institution that allows such a practice; the reader is then prepared for Staples’ message.

  9. NOW YOU TRY! • http://vlc.polyu.edu.hk/academicwriter/Quizzes2/paragraphs.htm