In the Lesson 4 Assignment, you will be looking at and evaluating the use of supporting material. Additionally, you will be considering what supporting material you plan to use for your upcoming midterm presentation. You will analyze supporting material in the September 20, 2001 Address to Congress by President George W. Bush and select supporting material for the Rhetorical Situation speech assignment.
This lesson’s assignment has two parts. Please be sure to complete both parts in a single Word document and submit it to complete the assignment. Part I is Testing the Strength of Supporting Materials: your analysis of President George W. Bush’s speech of 20 September 2001, and it can be inserted before Part II, the Rhetorical Situation Research Memo shell.
Read and view President George W. Bush’s address to the nation, delivered on September 20, 2001. Then answer the following questions in as essay of 600–900 words:
You are expected to use at least two scholarly (peer reviewed) sources in your research for this part of the assignment. These include academic journals and books. Newspapers, available online, can provide supplemental information, particularly with recent speeches that you will analyze, but only use newspaper articles that were written around the time of the speech; articles written much later tend to be historical appreciations. Many government and non-government agencies no longer publish official reports on paper, but their documents are available online as primary sources. Other webpages, especially social media, blogs, and news aggregators, lack the editorial review oversight that makes published information reliable, useful, and acceptable. Wikipedia can help you orient your academic search, but it is not a scholarly source.
You have now chosen a topic for your Rhetorical Situation speaking assignment and have analyzed the audience to whom you will deliver the speech. Now, complete the Rhetorical Situation Research Memo. You will identify your purpose, thesis, and supporting evidence.