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Rhetoric deals with the effective uses of language in a particular situation. In other words, rhetoric deals with how writers write, how speakers speak, how designers design, and so on. Therefore, having rhetorical awareness and understanding argument will help in considering purpose for writing, considering audience, and the most effective means for persuading others to consider your perspective.
Complete both parts of this assignment, as Part 1 helps you to reflect on how an author made his or her argument; Part 2 will help you think about how to make your own argument.
Analyze the idea of argument in an academic setting by reviewing the following section, "Understanding Proofs and Appeals" on p. 38 of Ch. 3 of An Insider's Guide to Academic Writing.
Reflect on what the text says about appeals to ethos, logos, and pathos. Begin to think critically about how you can use these appeals in your writing.
Review this week's essays and select one to review.
Write a brief 350-word analysis identifying how the author presented his or her argument. Include the following in your analysis:
To prepare for your final paper assignment in this course, you will be turning in weekly assignments to help you submit one final paper in Week 5.
Review the Argumentative Essay Instructions for a review of each week's deliverables.
Select a topic from the following list or ask your instructor for approval on a topic of your choice that argues your personal position on a controversial topic you think is worthy of public debate. The topic must be current, part of an ongoing debate, or a relatively new, unknown topic you think deserves more attention. Here are some examples:
Write a 350-word paper in which you describe the rationale for choosing your topic and how you will make your argument. Include the following in your paper:
Review both parts for effective use of basic English grammar, word usage, and sentence style before turning in your paper.
Format your assignment according to appropriate course level APA guidelines.
Submit your paper to the Assignment Files tab.