ESSAY ASSIGNMENT #2: ANALYZING VISUAL TEXTS
For this assignment, you will focus on a contemporary problem and analyze how that problem is addressed through the rhetoric of visual texts—photographs, advertisements, cartoons, and so on. You’ll be asking yourself two key questions: How do various images present different perspectives or angles of vision on the problem? What do the authors of these visual texts want the audience to think and do about the problem?
Step 1: Select two visual texts to analyze. Look for texts that use different rhetorical strategies to accomplish their purposes. Comparing and contrasting these texts is part of what you’ll do, so select your texts with that in mind.
Step 2: Identify a question, a problem, or an issue to address.
Step 3: Analyze the commonalities and differences of your chosen texts through the lens of the question, problem, or issue you have identified.
Step 4: Write a 500-to-1,000-word essay, double-spaced, MLA formatted, plus works cited. Draft and Dear Reader letter due September 28.
RUBRIC FOR ESSAY ASSIGNMENT #2: ANALYZING VISUAL TEXTS
The writer uses the introduction to ask a provocative, analytical question or to identify a problem.
The writer develops a clear, debatable thesis that sets up an academic analysis.
The writer explores commonalities and differences between selected texts.
The writer refers to specific details in the texts to support the thesis.
The writer follows MLA format and includes a works cited page.
The writer submits a carefully edited essay on October 8.