For this assignment, you will use Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” to help you practice the important rhetorical skill of paraphrasing.
Be sure to address the following:
State the purpose of the letter. Be sure to paraphrase the speech throughout your analysis.
Describe one strategy for development of the letter. This should be one that you identify with or think is effective. Base your description on this Module’s readings and the course activities you participated in.
Remember that your paraphrase should end up being about the same number of words as the original material that you cite. Please note that you are not paraphrasing the entire document but more like a sentence or two. This is similar to what you might do with a quote, but with your own words. A paraphrase is not the same as a summary.
Explain why you think the strategy is effectively used in the letter.
Incorporate at least one quote from the speech, and properly cite the quote on the References page.
Explain how you plan to use the development strategy in your Portfolio Project.
You must accurately insert a quote and paraphrase in your analysis to provide in-text evidence from the essay or article you selected, and you must comment on the quote to demonstrate you are thinking in a critical manner.
Your Thesis: In his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” Martin Luther King effectively uses the rhetorical strategy of __________________ to achieve his purpose of________________________, a model that can be applied to the upcoming portfolio project.
Level I Headings:
[Choose one rhetorical strategy from the readings such as logos, pathos, ethos, or another one, and give a few examples of where King uses it in his essay. Cite examples parenthetically, giving page numbers.]
[Explain your notion of King’s purpose in writing the letter and show how your chosen rhetorical strategy helped him achieve that purpose.]
Application to the Portfolio
[Explain how you will apply the same strategy in your portfolio project.]