Rhetorical Situation from Analyzing a Message RIP Final Draft

Question Description


This project shifts the rhetorical situation from analyzing a message from the position of an audience member (trying to build a deep understanding of the meaning of the text, the context in which the sender created it, and the audiences to which it speaks) to one in which you yourself are a creator, producing a text that is relevant to the class theme or texts.

This project imitates what you’ll be asked to do often in both your college career and afterwards—discern what you want to say, who you want to say it to, and how best to do so. The Rhetoric-in-Practice assignment is intended to give you a deeper appreciation of what it means to make specific rhetorical choices to serve your message and an opportunity to reflect on how those choices affect the message you are sending and the audience that you reach with it.

In this way, the RIP is a culmination of the work you’ve done in this class with respect to your understanding of both genre and rhetoric.


  • Develops clear cogent analyses and convincing arguments about rhetorical choices
  • Identifies and articulates genre expectations, situating the text at hand within a larger

conversation in a particular rhetorical situation, with a particular audience

  • Selects credible and pertinent material from readings and outside texts to support a point or argument as well as illustrates awareness of viewpoints and competing arguments
  • Situates, integrates, and contextualizes different types of evidence effectively while

distinguishing the writer’s voice from those of sources.

  • Demonstrates effective organization and style – for a particular purpose, within a

particular genre, to a particular audience

  • Connects rhetorical choices from class readings to their own projects, applying these principles to their own purposes effectively and appropriately
  • Rewrites and edits language, style, tone, and sentence structure according to genre

and audience expectations

  • Practices applying citation conventions systematically in their own work
  • Plans and executes a revision process that does not rely only on direction from the

instructor, developing ownership of both process and product to revise purposefully


Project: You will craft a text having selected a purpose and audience that addresses the class theme (or responds to one of the class texts). You will then select an appropriate genre for this project, and demonstrate your rhetorical know-how by selecting appropriate rhetorical choices for this situation. In other words, your created text will operate within a clear rhetorical framework—with a clear context, belonging to an identifiable genre, and with a clear purpose and audience—that addresses the class theme (or responds to one of the class texts). The only limitation on genre is that it is text-based and it cannot be a short story. Discuss with your instructor if he or she has other limitations.

Message and Purpose: First, what’s your message going to be? What do you want to portray about either your class text or class theme? Think about this specifically and complexly—what are the new insights you can bring to the table? What are arguments that you can make?

Audience: Once you decide your message, whom do you want to target? Why? And what are going to be the expectations of this audience? What might be difficult in addressing them? Think specifically about who they are and what their expectations will be. How will that affect your appeals to them?

Context: What’s the historical and cultural context of this project? Is this taking place right now? Where and when? How does that influence the project? See the AGWR 39B chapter for more details about exploring context.

Genre: After you think through all of these possibilities, now you can start to decide on a genre for your project. The RIP project should involve a text-based genre, but is only limited by your imagination. Part of this project’s goal is for you to explore a genre that you’re not familiar with, so you should pick something that can challenge you in terms of making a complex argument in a different format. There can be multi-modal components to the project, but there should be a significant amount of text should be the primary component. Research various genres online for what might be most compelling to you—for instance, perhaps you’re interested in a short video, but instead can write a film treatment or pitch document for it. Consider your past RIP exercises as a starting point for your final genre project.

Your instructor may suggest specific directions that relate to your class readings and/or theme.

Essay: You will also write a rhetorical analysis of your own work that analyzes the rhetorical choices you made. The essay should build on your work in the RA essay and indicate how you’re applying your rhetorical know-how. You’ll include secondary sources that demonstrate, among other things, your understanding of your chosen genre and your understanding of the texts/ideas you’ve studied throughout the quarter.


Because this is a project that may take time, the planning for the RIP project starts with the RIP exercises you’ve been doing since week 1. These exercises should show that you’re engaged with the work of planning all parts of the project (purpose, audience, genre, and context). Your instructor will coach you about projects that do not have a clear purpose or audience, seem to misunderstand the chosen genre or are likely to be too ambitious, but you need to show ownership of your own process and product.

Multiple drafts, peer review and revision are required elements of the assignment. The RIP project’s length depends on the purpose, audience and genre, but it should be equal to your Rhetorical Analysis in complexity.

**************In the vein of thinking about your project consider this as a guide. Walk through the rhetorical situation with three ideas for your RIP and try to answer most of the questions in each section.

Logos: What's your message? What point are you trying to convey? Why is it important?

Pathos:What platform will you use to reach your audience? Which demographic or group of people needs to hear this message? Who does this effect? How will you get them to respond to what you're trying to say?

Ethos: Is there any research that supports your message? How are you qualified to talk/write about this? How can you get people to trust what you're doing/saying is correct?

Submit your answer in the text box below. Keep in mind that this somehow has to relate to our class theme of unnatural creatures.

the project :500-800 words

the essay: 500-800 words

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1 2 The 74th Annual Hunger Games Introduction Hello citizens of the Capitol! As you all may know, it is that special time of the year again, the start of the Hunger Games! In this newsletter, we will provide you with useful information so you all can walk away and witness the spectacular upcoming event with ease and maximize your experience. The Games are an important aspect to our culture and it is the one thing that we look forward to year after year. A few days ago, we witnessed The Reaping, where we chose our 24 tributes for this year’s Games. This year, we were gifted with a special circumstance, a volunteer! Our volunteer, Katniss Everdeen, is a 16-year-old from District 12 who volunteered after her little sister was chosen. How brave! We applaud Ms. Everdeen for her bold decision to partake as a tribute. Currently, all the tributes are on a train on their way to our beautiful city. Once they arrive, they will prepare and we will start off with our traditional ceremony where all tributes dress up in costumes with a theme relating to their District and come out to the arena for us all to watch! After which, our very own Caesar Flickerman will interview each of the tributes and get us ready for the start of our beloved event! After reading the following pages, you will hopefully have a better understanding of the Hunger Games and what to expect from this year’s event! History of The Hunger Games 3 Seventy-five years ago, the thirteen districts that make up Panem revolted against us, the Capitol. As a result, a violent war broke out and in the end, District 13, the District leading the revolt, was eradicated. Because of their unprovoked rebellion, we decided to have 24 young citizens from the 12 Districts fight to the death for our viewing. We use this as a reminder to the Districts that we are in power, as we should be, and that there will be no rebellion in the future. Thus through our amazing event, we have been provided with both entertainment for the past 74 years as well as protection against any violent uprisings from occurring. Everybody’s happy! How It Works We take great pride in the Hunger Games. As a form of entertainment, we put in a lot of work in making sure we provide the best for the citizens of the Capitol. The process for each yearly event is an interesting one. In this section, I will be explaining what exactly goes on before and during the Hunger Games, even behind the scenes! By the end, you will be able to fully comprehend what occurs throughout the Hunger Games. First it begins with The Reaping. What happens is there are two glass balls filled with papers with names of each 12-18 year old citizen of that District. The entries are cumulative so by the age of 18 there is a larger chance at being picked 4 and provided with the opportunity of representing their District as a tribute! A boy and a girl are picked from each of the 12 Districts and they are then placed on a high-class train and transported to the Capitol. While on the train, they get to meet with their mentor, a previous Hunger Games victor, and discuss tactics. Once arrived, they are greeted by you, our loving citizens, and are then taken to prepare for the opening ceremonies. After the ceremonies, the fun begins. The 24 tributes are placed in a magnificent arena with the ultimate goal of being the only survivor. In the past, there have been many different environments for the tributes such as deserts and forests. Another aspect of the Games involves sponsors. Each of the tributes is given the opportunity to display his or her skills to sponsors. Impressed sponsors will provide that tribute with beneficial gifts such as medicine throughout the event. In the Hunger Games, the tributes are truly put to the test and have to utilize their skills throughout the event to survive and it is all broadcasted live for your viewing! How to Better Your Experience Remember that the goal is to make sure you all enjoy the Hunger Games. As a result, measures are taken in order to ensure your approval. The feedback from you all is crucial. Thus, please voice out your opinion when the Games turn boring. The Gamemakers will then take proper action and create obstacles for the tributes, which will make for a very entertaining viewing! Another thing is to just enjoy it. For the best experience you need to just sit back, relax, and get as into it as you can. You want to feel emotionally connected to the tributes, yet still enjoy the violence being displayed. The violence is the best part, so enjoy it! Treat the Hunger Games as 5 what it is, a reality show. Watch relationships build up and crumble at the hands of betrayal. Who knows, maybe there could possibly be a pair of lovers in this year’s games…Watch and find out! Crucial Information We don’t want any of you to miss out on this celebrated event so we will provide you with information so that you will be ready when the Games begin. Firstly, the opening ceremony will be tomorrow, August 25, at 7pm, and it will take place in an arena. You are provided with the either the option of physically being in the arena and witness a part of history firsthand, or you can watch it on your television from the comfort of your home. If you do decide to watch from your television, you will need to make sure you are on the right channel. The Hunger Games will air on channel 7- a well-known channel that usually airs events such as wrestling. Either way, you will be given the opportunity to witness a part of our culture, something very dear to us. After tomorrow’s ceremony, the interviews with Mr. Flickerman will take place at 8pm the following night. The day after, at 10am sharp, the Hunger Games will begin! Make sure to tune in to see the 24 tributes enter the arena, step off their platform, and jump into the bloodbath-the best part! The tributes will start off near the Cornucopia, which continues all sorts of weapons and tools crucial for survival. Every year, the tributes sprint towards the Cornucopia all together, resulting in a plethora of deaths, which provides lots of entertainment. This year’s event is bound to provide lots of entertainment. In conclusion, the Hunger Games is an important part of our culture. For decades we have celebrated this glorious 6 event and this year will be no different. We may witness new things not seen in previous Hunger Games, relationships crash down, and oh so many deaths. Who knows what might happen in this year’s Games?! So please tune in to the 74th annual Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor. Capitol, Panem Recipient: Jeffrey Johnson 15 Evergreen, Capitol Writing 39B 7 Professor Mathews 27 November 2012 RIP Essay My rhetoric in practice project is a newsletter, written by the assistant of President Snow for the citizens of the Capitol, regarding the upcoming Hunger Games. My project was based off of other general newsletters. My newsletter however, was more focused on one event, the Hunger Games, as opposed to other types of newsletters that are broader. I chose to write a newsletter because a newsletter provides lots of information, but also gives room to include my ethos, which helped target my Capitol audience. Newsletters also allow you to expand on what you’re explaining and pinpoint the specific parts you deem significant, which I found helpful when getting my message across to the readers. The rhetor of the newsletter is a man by the name of John Westchester, who is the assistant of President Snow. Westchester has written these Hunger Games newsletters for many years and is well known throughout the Capitol as being very knowledgeable on what exactly goes on in the Hunger Games. The message I want to convey to my main audience is that the Hunger Games is a beloved part of the Capitol culture and that they, the audience, should try to become as drawn towards it as they can. I was able to convey my message through my use of diction. My work usage led the reader to believe how special the Hunger Games truly is and that it is an amazing event. Specific usage of diction includes when the rhetor mentions, “thus, please voice out your opinion when the Games turn boring”(project). This creates a sort of connection between the reader, a citizen of the Capitol, and the author, a member of Capitol government. The reader feels welcomed and understands that their feedback is crucial for the Hunger Games. The reader 8 is able to grasp my message through words such as “beloved” which shows how the Hunger Games is an integral part of their culture and has been for the past 74 years. Thus, a newsletter would best convey my message because of the freedom to present information, while still being able to incorporate your own bias into your article. The purpose of my newsletter is to be informative. The rhetor provides vital information for his audience through the newsletter and divides his work into sections for an easier comprehending. The newsletter is informative, while also integrating bias that favors the Capitol audience. I found a newsletter to be my best option to get my purpose across because newsletters tend to be quite informative and always include topics that appeal to all its recipients. My project exemplifies this since the recipients of my newsletter are citizens of the Capitol who are interested in the Hunger Games, thus making it relevant to their interests as they partake in watching it every year. The rhetor is credible in getting the purpose across through the newsletter as well since he is the assistant of President Snow and knows how everything regarding the Hunger Games works. The written newsletter as my medium was fitting because it is directly related to the recipients of the newsletters. The recipients of the newsletter are all citizens of the Capitol since they are attracted to the Hunger Games year after year. The newsletter is only made and sent out once every year for the past 74 years. It is made strictly for the Hunger Games and allows me to convey my message much better than other forms of mediums. It does this by allowing me to provide factual information geared specifically towards those receiving the newsletter. It conveys my purpose and message better than other mediums such as blog posts because it a written text that is sent to the homes of the recipients, those interested in the Hunger Games. It allows my audience to not be forced to go out of their way to receive this information, as it arrives at their 9 door. My project covered typical conventions of newsletters throughout the whole piece. Some conventions covered included an important topic that relates to the audience, specific information regarding event, informative tone, and pulling out key statements. The genre of my written piece is specifically an informative newsletter. I found this to be the best method in conveying my message because it allowed me to inform my primary audience with information relevant to their interests in a medium that is well respected in providing pertinent critical information to recipients. Genre conventions displayed throughout my project includes crucial information presented in an informative manner. I presented this through discussing different aspects of the Hunger Games and informing my audience on what goes on in the Hunger Games and what to expect. The ethos the rhetor displays for the primary audience is a positive, informative tone. The rhetor is seen almost as a friend to the citizens. When the rhetor states that the primary goal is to make sure the audience is happy, the audience feels comforted. The rhetor also twists statements to make it seem that there is nothing bad about the Hunger Games. The rhetor uses manipulation to brainwash the audience. The newsletter only speaks of positive aspects of the Hunger Games and deems there to be nothing wrong with enjoying the violence as entertainment. The primary audience does not notice it happening, but it is evident to the secondary class. In an article written by Doctor Lawrence Wilson, he states that “brainwashing requires an operator and a victim” and then goes on to state that “brainwashing cannot occur between two equal in power.” My newsletter exemplifies these statements since the rhetor is a government associate while the people reading the newsletter are only regular citizens of the Capitol. So the rhetor, the authoritative figure, is seen as the operator and the citizens are the victims being manipulated. 10 The class can see how the rhetor is using diction to persuade the audience to approve of his message while still providing an informative purpose. In addition to the primary audience, there is a secondary audience viewing the newsletter, our Writing 39B class. The message that this secondary audience perceives from the newsletter is the antithesis of the primary audience’s message. The primary audience, Capitol citizens who enjoy the Hunger Games, sees the Hunger Games as a beloved event of theirs and feels that it is an enjoyable experience. The secondary audience on the other hand, views the newsletter and its message as something savage-like. They view the Capitol as savages because the Capitol views children killing one another as a form of entertainment and that there is no wrong with it. This idea disgusts the secondary audience and causes them to view the Capitol as evil, since something of that nature is not deemed appropriate by our morals. An example is when the rhetor mentions, “thus, please voice out your opinion when the Games turn boring. The Gamemakers will then take proper action and create obstacles for the tributes, which will make for a very entertaining viewing!”(project) The class views this statement as something cruel since they realize that the audience wants to witness violence and the Gamemakers will go out of their way to create situations that result in a multitude of deaths, to satisfy the needs of the Capitol audience. This project brought forth a few challenges throughout its creation. One of which was the difficulty in deciding what topics of the Hunger Games my rhetor would write about and then figuring out what tone best fits this specific project. I had to analyze many newsletters to get a feel for what to expect in my newsletter and to notice the common conventions each one comprised of. Overall this project really tested both my creativity and my competence in creating a rhetoric in practice project, my Hunger Games newsletter. 11 Works Cited Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York. Scholastic Inc., 2008. Print. 12 Hunger Games: The Capitol Tour Website. The Hunger Games Trilogy Fansite. Web. Image. 31 January 2012. 27 November 2012. http://www.hungergamestrilogy.net/2012/01/hunger-games-the-capitol-tour-website/ Inside ‘The Hunger Games’ Capitol. MTV. Web. Image. 27 November 2012. http://www.mtv.com/photos/inside-the-hunger-gamescapitol/1681636/7006373/photo.jhtml#7006373 The Hunger Games Wiki. Wikia. Web. 27 November 2012. http://thehungergames.wikia.com/wiki/Panem Wilson, Lawrence. Hypnosis and Brain Washing. The Center for Development. Web. Article. March 2011. 27 November 2012. http://www.drlwilson.com/ARTICLES/HYPNOSIS.htm Doctor Wilson, a writer for The Center for Development, analyzes both hypnosis and brain washing and looks at the effects and how it is done. Wilson produces an informative piece for The Center for Development, a site designed for health information. Wilson supports his claims through thorough research while analyzing the results and using modern examples. His purpose, educating those interested in the act of hypnosis and brain washing, is done through his informative article. ...
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Final Answer


Rhetorical Analysis- Outline
Thesis Statement: Through the newsletter, I was able to put into practice the aspects of rhetoric
including rhetorical appeals to effectively communicate my message to the public.
I. Introduction
II. Logos
III. Pathos
IV. Logos
V. Conclusion

Surname 1
Rhetorical Analysis
My rhetoric-in-practice was a newsletter to the people of Zoo Nation, a fictional
community that lives in isolation from the rest of the world. The newsletter is an invitation to the
citizens for them to participate in an annual event that aims to raise awareness and communicate
the society’s purpose to the rest of the world. The author of this newsletter is the ‘secretary to the
Zoo’ a member of the governing council whose role is to handle the communications of the
council to the people. Additionally, the newsletter, based on a fictional place and fictional
participants, alludes to contemporary events of environmental degradation and endangered
species. Through the newsletter, I was able to put into practice the aspects of rhetoric including
rhetorical appeals to effectively communicate my message to the public.
The first aspect of my RIP is the message of conservation and awareness on
environmental degradation. By inviting the citizens of Zoo Nation, I also communicate the
importance of these efforts through my explanation of the event. Additionally, I also used the
newsletter to convey the message of dedication and the essence of this community. According to
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