Mlk “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Rhetorical Analysis Project



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MLK “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Rhetorical Analysis Project
We have now read Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “A Letter from Birmingham Jail” and analyzed the argument (purpose) of his entire letter. Now, in groups of 2 (no more) you will rhetorically analyze an assigned section of his letter and present your analysis to the class in a professional PowerPoint presentation.
Below are specific guidelines:
1. Rhetorical Analysis Triangle Diagram of your designated paragraph

(1 slide only)

2. Outline of the main points of his argument—Minimum 1 slide per paragraph

3. Rhetorical Appeals (Ethos/Logos/Pathos)—Minimum 1 slide per appeal



  • Identification of appeals used to strengthen his argument (Ethos/Logos/Pathos)

  • Textual example of appeal from MLK’s “Letter” (Actual quotation)

  • Analysis of Effect of his rhetorical appeals (Why did he write the passage this way?)

4. Rhetorical Arrangement Strategies (Style Strategies)—Minimum 1 slide per strategy

  • Identification of strategy used to strengthen his argument (Style Strategies)

  • Textual example of strategy from MLK’s “Letter” (Actual quotation)

  • Analysis of Effect of his rhetorical strategy (Why did he write the passage this way?)

5. Personal Overall Evaluation of his Argument’s Effectiveness—Minimum 2 slides

  • Evaluate MLK’s argument in your designated section

  • Defend your evaluation by mentioning the rhetorical situation (speaker-purpose-audience interaction)

6. Symbolic Representation to Express the Meaning of his Argument—Minimum 1 slide – No Clip Art may be used

  • Select or create any visual (image/audio/video) that symbolically represents your section’s argument

  • Explain your symbolic representation with at least one specific example to the “Letter”



ALL PowerPoints are DUE via email by 11:59 pm on Thursday, March 22nd

Email: carlyski@yahoo.com

(This is the day BEFORE presentations begin)


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