Research Paper: Assignment #2 Advanced Academic Details This essay will give you an opportunity to fine-tune your details. Remember that this is one of the first expectations of advanced academic writing: The basic details of language, format, and essay form must be correct. Let us look at a summary of the assignment. Purpose: Rhetorical Analysis This simple essay using only one source will give you an opportunity to concentrate on the basic details of English, MLA, and essay format. Topic: Interpretation of song lyrics Once you’ve studied the rhetorical appeals of your song, you need to determine HOW a musician employs rhetorical devices/literary devices to persuade his/her audience. Remember, you are analyzing not what the singer/songwriter is saying, but how he or she is saying what he or she is saying. You may not write a summary paper about the song. Your assertion will be the thesis of your essay (remember: topic + assertion/opinion). You will need the integration of quotes, which should reinforce your thesis. You may want to write about the main theme, and then discuss how said theme is established; you may choose something smaller that you notice and wish to write about. Length: One Page to a page and a half. This paper must be no more than one and one half pages long, with an additional page for the Works Cited. Failure to provide a Works Cited page will result in the forfeiture of 15 points <-15>. Due Date: This assignment is due January 19, 2016 Late papers will lose one letter grade per day. I will not accept papers after five days. Format: MLA This essay will strictly follow the MLA format with in-text citations. A paper done in any other format will be returned to the student to be redone. The paper should be typed on one side of the page only, in ragged-right, double-spaced Times New Roman, twelve point font. There must be no more than one long quotation and three short quotations in the paper. Source: Single-source: A song…;-) We have spoken of rhetoric as the study of how authors/speakers persuade their audience— the art of persuasion—for a specific purpose. Your task in this assignment is to read the song of your choice—from among the songs I’ve chosen for you—closely examining the rhetorical tactics used to achieve that purpose. Once you’ve chosen a song, you may need to do some research in order to be able to provide a close, rhetorical reading of the particular text as a communication. Possible questions to consider: What is the writer’s/singer’s purpose? To explain? To inform? To anger? Amuse? Motivate? Ridicule? Is there more than one purpose? Does the purpose shift? What kinds of values or customs about the audience does the song reveal? How do the allusions, or diction (word choice) place your song in a certain time/generation/location? *** Use your “Rhetoric” handout w/info. On Ethos, Pathos, Logos*** Honor: Your Plagiarism Pledge Before you turn your paper in, you should write on your last page, “I know that plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of someone else’s words or ideas, and I pledge that this paper is not plagiarized” and sign it. A plagiarized paper will receive a zero. A Note on Conclusions: All papers need conclusions, yet it can be difficult to know how to write a conclusion. Often, conclusions are viewed as a place to restate the introduction. That approach is rather limited though, since it allows for no real development or synthesis of ideas in your paper. Try to look at a conclusion as the last word you’ll have on a subject, and as your final opportunity to impress. In ending your paper, think about what you can say to make the reader feel that the subject and your discussion of said subject matter. Remind your reader about the importance of the issue perhaps, or about the persuasive power of rhetorical devices. Talk about how the parts of a piece of writing/music assemble to form the whole, and the whole can change the mind of the reader/listener. However you approach it, remember that your conclusion is perhaps this single most important aspect to your paper, the commentary that will, with skill, linger in the minds of your readers. Grading: If you want a 7 or higher, get your English right. Either we are serious about advanced academic writing, or we are not. If you want a 7 or a passing grade, then the paper must—at the very least—be at grade-level English. It must be free or almost free of elementary errors of spelling, grammar, punctuation, word usage, and formal style. These papers are not in-class assignments scribbled in an hour; you have time to proofread them, double-checking every detail. A paper filled with bad elementary English should and will receive an F, regardless of its other merits. You are responsible for correct elementary English, and this is non-negotiable. If you want a 8 or higher, also get your MLA format right. In order to receive an 8, the paper must not only be in good English, it must also be in correct MLA format. It must have a one-inch, ragged-right margin, be in double-spaced Times New Roman type font, have a mix of long and short quotations done in MLA style, and have a correct Works Cited page. Papers that are not in MLA format are not acceptable and will be returned to be redone. Part of advanced academic writing is following the assigned format. If you want a 9 or higher, also get your essay structure right. If your paper is written in good English and is in correct MLA format, then we can look at the third element, the essay structure. In the advanced academic writing of our assignments, you must write a true essay with an introduction, body, and conclusion built around a thesis statement that connects the paper together. Furthermore, the paragraphs must be unified with language that connects each paragraph to the next or previous paragraph. If you want a 10, also have a good thesis. If you want a 100, your paper must have four elements: good English, correct MLA format, clear essay form, and finally a worthwhile idea. It must have an interesting, meaningful thesis that is thoughtful and insightful and that makes the paper worth reading. This does not mean that the thesis must be a major concept or grand theory—our little one-page papers are too short for that sort of masterpiece—but it means that you must find an interesting and worthwhile insight to talk about in the little space of a single page. You may have to do a considerable amount of thinking (!) before you write.