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Page Analysis Exercise
Pick an academic/informative website and answer the following questions
in a typed 1-page analysis of the website. Turn a printed or emailed
copy of your analysis in to your instructor at the end of class.
Who’s the specific
target audience? How do you know?
What is the site’s
purpose (informative, entertaining, convincing, special interest,
What’s the bias?
How do you know?
Are they affiliated
with an organization or institution? How does this affect the
What are some
rhetorical strategies used on the site? Do authors address issues with
an appropriate but not misleading appeal to emotions?
Is information on
the page verifiable? How?
Does the page have
overall integrity as a source? Why or why not?
- What is the
name of this website?
- What is the URL
for the website?
- What kind of
website is this? (entertainment,
organizational, government, individual, commercial, educational, etc.)
- What does it
look like? Describe how the web site is designed. Does it have any
special features? Graphics? Sounds?
- Does the site
have any additional links? To where?
- Who designed
the site? Who is this person? What do we know about him/her/them?
- What is the
date of publication? Is the web site current and timely?
- Is it possible
to contact the author? How?
- Who is the web
site’s publishing body?
- You've learned that websites are "texts" just like the readings in CILCTE. What characteristics of webpages can you not find in textbooks?
- All effective images should tell a story (have some sort of meaning). For instance, the use of a picture of Lady Liberty on a lawyer's website suggests he/she is dedicated to justice - without actually saying it. Locate an image on the website you are analyzing. What story does the image tell? Think of an image for your own website that might tell a story about you.
- Look over the webpage again. Identify at least three aspects that you believe make it a "good" webpage. If the page which you are analyzing is awful, do the opposite. How can you apply aspects of "good" and "bad" webpages to your own webpage?
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