write essay 3-4 page + MLA Format
Paper 3 Prompt
Your third and fourth paper are a pair. If you think of them as a pair, Paper 3 is “Part 1,” and
Paper 4 is “Part 2.” For now, don’t worry about Paper 4.
Paper 3 is pretty easy and straightforward. It’s also pretty short.
Pick a music video or song and provide a close reading where you analyze the lyrics of the song
using rhetorical devices.
There are only 2 requirements governing your choice of a song. First, you obviously need to
choose a song with lyrics. Second, you need to choose a song that you think addresses issues or
themes related to gender, race, or socio-economic class. You want to connect your analysis of
the lyrics to one of these issues.
The paper should be about 2 pages.
Hints and Tips:
The paper does NOT need a fully developed or arguable thesis. Instead, you should provide the
context for the song (genre, artist, historical context, etc.).
You should be very clear and explicit about the key terms and ideas that you intend to focus on
in your close reading and analysis.
Pick a song that you’re interested in.
Don’t try to analyze every single rhetorical device in the song. Look for patterns. Focus on
specifics. You’ll write a better paper about a more specific part of the rhetoric than you will if
you attempt to comprehensively list all the different parts of the rhetoric.