here are sample rhetorical reading responses.
Content: Write the MLA citation as you would in a Works Cited entry here or at the end.
Paragraph 1: Write a rhetorical précis in your own words with no words borrowed directly from the text:
a. Sentence 1: Name of author, genre, and title of work, date in parentheses; a rhetorically active verb (such as claims, argues, asserts, defines, explores, or suggests); and a “that” clause containing the major assertion, main idea, or thesis statement in the work.
b. Sentence 2: An explanation of how the author develops and supports the thesis (i.e., evidence), usually in chronological order.
c. Sentence 3: A statement of the author’s apparent purpose, followed by an “in order to” phrase.
d. Sentence 4: A description of the intended audience and/or the relationship the author establishes with the audience.
Paragraph 2: Write your response to the text. Are you confused? Annoyed? Delighted? Tickled? Do you agree?
Paragraph 3: Write an analytical paragraph about the text in which you make an interpretive claim about the way the text is written or the meaning of the text and support it. Use plenty of examples (quotations, paraphrases), citing as appropriate. (Use a question from the book if you need an idea).