Samples of rhetorical essays are available online at STLCC.edu, Owl.Excelsior.edu, UWEC.edu and PearsonEd.ca. These samples cover a variety of topics to show how rhetorical essays are used to discuss different areas of expertise. The essay sample on STLCC.edu breaks down each section of the essay as a comprehensive guide to clearly indicate what each paragraph and section needs to accomplish. Additionally, STLCC.edu’s sample gives sidebars on how to effectively utilize quotes within the essay to convey different points.
The sample essay on PearsonEd.ca includes focus questions at the end of three different sample essays so that the reader has a chance to see what purpose a rhetorical analysis serves. The sample at UWEC.edu is just a simple rhetorical essay with no additional tools or features to help understand how the essay was written or prepared. Like the others, it does show how a work’s cited page should be laid out.
To accompany the rhetorical essay samples, a complete “how to” guide on writing a rhetorical analysis is available on Franklin.KYSchools.us. The guide breaks down every section of the essay, including the introduction, body and conclusion, to show what information should be made available in each section. The guide also gives a breakdown on diction, syntax, tone and which verbs are best to use.