Assignment 1 Notes

  • For MLA, use first and last name to introduce people, then only last names when referencing them.
  • Typos and errors. We draft and revise to catch any typos and errors. For final proofreading, read aloud or us text-to-speech software like Natural Reader (see resources page).
  • Don’t tell, show. Don’t say, do. Instead of “This summary response will…” just do it.
  • Use the quote sandwich when citing quotes and paraphrases.

Rhetorical Analysis

  • What is the primary purpose of the text? To entertain, inform, persuade, demonstrate knowledge, something else?
  • Consider the topic. What point does it make?
  • Who is the primary audience? How well is it adapted to the audience?
  • Consider the author. What is her aim?
  • Consider the medium and design. What is the genre of the text?
  • Consider the occasion. Why was it created?
  • Media/Design. How does the medium affect the tone and organization?


Slaughter – Women Still Can’t…

Apply the rhetorical analysis to the Slaughter article, which was published in The Atlantic.

Take 3 minutes and find something you had a question about or wanted to talk about from the Slaughter article.

Report Purpose and Topic

Answer questions.

Review what is already known about a subject.

Report new knowledge.

Free Write

  1. What topic are you considering?
  2. From the three choices above, which one do you think best serves your topic?
  3. Write everything you know about the topic. Write for 5 minutes without stopping. Write sentences, bullet points, words, examples, etc.; anything that comes to mind regarding your topic.

Research Question

Talk with your class mates and share what you are thinking about researching. Come up with a question to help guide your research; your Research Question.

A research question narrows down your topic to something that you can answer with your research. The thesis for your report should be the answer to your research question.

A thesis for a report previews material or explains its purpose.

MLA Style 8th Edition

Purdue Owl MLA

Citation Core Elements:

  1. Author.
  2. Title of source.
  3. Title of container,
  4. Other contributors,
  5. Version,
  6. Number,
  7. Publisher,
  8. Publication date,
  9. Location.

A book should be in italics:

Henley, Patricia. The Hummingbird House. MacMurray, 1999.

A website should be in italics:

“Athlete’s Foot – Topic Overview.” WebMD, 25 Sept. 2014,

Lundman, Susan. “How to Make Vegetarian Chili.” eHow,*

A periodical (journal, magazine, newspaper article) should be in quotation marks:

Bagchi, Alaknanda. “Conflicting Nationalisms: The Voice of the Subaltern in Mahasweta Devi’s Bashai Tudu.” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, vol. 15, no. 1, 1996, pp. 41-50.

Personal interviews refer to those interviews that you conduct yourself. List the interview by the name of the interviewee. Include the descriptor Personal interview and the date of the interview.

Smith, Jane. Personal interview. 19 May 2014.

In-Text Citations

For the most part, an in-text citation is the author’s name and page number (or just the page number, if the author is named in the sentence) in parentheses:

Imperialism is “the practice, the theory, and the attitudes of a dominating metropolitan center ruling a distant territory” (Said 9).


According to Edward W. Said, imperialism is defined by “the practice, the theory, and the attitudes of a dominating metropolitan center ruling a distant territory” (9).
Work Cited
Said, Edward W. Culture and Imperialism. Knopf, 1994.


Email me you topic and purpose, working thesis, by Friday 3/3.