Examine how each part contributes to the larger category of rhetoric that you are analyzing.

You can respond to the text in a variety of ways. The most important thing to remember is that your observations should be specific and detailed. You must select 5 quotes per Part from Jennifer Government. There are six parts, so you should have a total of 30 quotes (including the epilogue). A direct quotation from the text should be given on the left side of the paper. The right side should provide an analysis of the quote. Most importantly, your analysis should be at least double the length of the quote.

Dialectical Journals

The term “Dialectic” means “the art or practice of arriving at the truth by using conversation involving question and answer.” Think of your dialectical journal as a series of conversations with the texts—visual and verbal—that you will read for your proposal arguments.

The process is meant to help you develop a better understanding of the texts you read. Use your journal to incorporate your personal responses to the texts, connections between the message of the text and themes we cover in our class discussions. Journaling is useful way to process what you’re reading, prepare yourself for group discussion, and gather textual evidence for your research assignments.


– As you read, choose passages that stand out to you and record them in the left column of the T-chart (ALWAYS include page numbers).

– In the right column, write your response to the text (ideas/insights, questions, reflections, and comments on each passage)

– If you choose, you can label your responses using the following codes:

(S) Summarize – pull out the main idea of the quote and restate it in a condensed way

(A) Analyze –break down the examples of ethos, logos, or pathos into their component parts (use the Aristotelian Appeals(chart).doc). Examine how each part contributes to the larger category of rhetoric that you are analyzing.

(I) Infer – use the evidence (logos) to determine what is implied but not stated explicitly

(Syn) Synthesize – explain how the author’s combined use of ethos, logos, and pathos affects the audience’s perception of their message. Does it work to

(E) Evaluate – make judgments about the author’s use of ethos, logos, and pathos. How the author’s use of each of these appeals helps to increase the persuasive power of their overall argument.

– Use the Dialectical Journal Chart.doc (see below for Sample DJ chart entry) to complete the assignment and submit it through turnitin.com

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