Rhetorical Analysis of “Diversity in STEM: What It Is and Why It Matters” by kenneth gibbs

Rhetorical Requirements:

As you evaluate the rhetorical strategies employed in the article, you will employ rhetorical strategies of your own to convince your reader that the argument you are making is well supported. Please consider the following:

  • Audience: Write the paper formally, as if addressing an educated reader who is unfamiliar with the author and article.
  • Evidence: Present and analyze specific quotations and examples from the article as evidence for the author’s claims—as well as your own claims.
  • Structure: Use an effective structure that carefully guides the reader from one idea to the next. Pay careful attention to topic sentences and transitions between ideas and paragraphs.
  • Presentation: Edit your paper thoroughly so that sentences are readable and appropriate for an academic audience. Use proper MLA format.
  • Underline your thesis on the final copy you turn in.

Accurately and effectively introduce and contextualize the author’s background, their article, and their central argument and purpose in your introduction. This includes having an effective attention grabber on the topic at hand.


Establish a clear thesis that states the major points you will make in your rhetorical analysis of the article. It should explain the major rhetorical moves you will discuss/evaluate and to what extent you feel this article to be persuasive.


Summarize in your own words a few of the claims the author makes and analyze the ways in which he or she supports them. Demonstrate a critical comprehension of the article.


Identify and critically analyze and evaluate the different kinds of evidence the author uses in order to advance his or her argument. Listing evidence is not a critical discussion. Include how the evidence supports a specific claim the author makes.


Critically analyze and evaluate the different kinds of strategies they use to convince the audience. You must consider all three appeals: ethos, pathos and logos. Remember to identify the strategy and go in depth on HOW it might allow the author to persuade the audience. Describe to what extent each appeal is effective.


Effectively use textual evidence to support your analysis. Adequately introduce, correctly cite, and effectively comment on the quotation or paraphrase.


Use an effective structure that smoothly guides the reader from one idea to the next. Include transitional phrases and effective, substantially crafted topic sentences.


Have thoroughly edited your paper. Adhere to MLA format, length requirement, grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure.


Thoughtfully and eloquently conclude your discussion. Comment on the significance of your essay and the topic at hand. The “heart of the matter” is considered here, along with, perhaps, some “real world” application.


Voice and style will be considered here. Use third person (he/she) when appropriate and a formal academic tone. Avoid wordiness and always use present tense when discussing texts (unless you are referring to a specific point in the past).

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