Posted: September 19th, 2022
Choose an argument essay that resonates most with you. You can use one of the four linked essays below, or choose a different one (your professor must approve the argument essay beforehand). Keep in mind some of the strategies we covered this week on rhetorical analysis. Our main questions to consider are: who is the intended audience of the essay? is the essay effective? Is this essay credible? What is the article missing? How credible is the author? To better answer these questions, be sure to find the following:
Who is the author, and why is this important?
When was the essay written, and why is this important?
What claim is the author making?
What kind of claim is the author making (fact, value, or policy)? How does the author support this claim?
What is the warrant that connects the claim and the support?
“Why Do People Spread False Information Online?”
“The Doom Spiral of Pernicious Polarization” (polarization in the U.S. due to politics and media sources)
“Consider the Lobster” (ethics of food choices)
“How We Killed Expertise (and Why We Need it Back)”
Then, take time to begin your Rhetorical Analysis essay. Be sure to watch the review videos on paraphrasing, intros and conclusions, and body paragraph development first. And remember, this essay should be at least 500 words.
Start with a strong introduction that leads to an argument statement. Was the essay credible? Why or why not? In the body of your essay, be sure each topic sentence supports your thesis. Point to specific areas of the essay to support your points. Don’t forget to remind the reader of your thesis statement before moving to the next paragraph. Finally, be sure to end with a concluding paragraph. Here, you could talk about any holes you found in the essay. What could the author have left out or added to the essay to make it more persuasive? This essay should be in MLA format. You should have a Works Cited page. Be sure to include in-text citations in your body paragraphs.
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