This Rhetorical Analysis Research Paper Unit was designed to be used in an 11th grade AP English Language and Composition class, but it could be used in any English class in which students are studying literature, rhetoric, literary criticism and the research process. This assignment gives students the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their literary analysis, research and writing skills. Students have reported that these research papers became important parts of their college applications when they submitted them as their writing samples. Be sure to see the AP English Rhetorical Analysis Research Paper Assignment Sheet (free download) and the table of contents (preview) for more information about this unit. This assignment does not come from the College Board.