Persuasive Essay: This assignment requires you to argue whether or not the autho

Sep 1, 2021 | english / article writing


Persuasive Essay: This assignment requires you to argue whether or not the author was successful in his writing of the article you summarized. This is also referred to as a rhetorical analysis.

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See Chapter 13 and 17 in Evergreen for more information on writing persuasively.

Text Box: Basic Expectations:  1. Essay – Minimum 2 pages double-spaced, maximum 3 pages, 11pt. Times New Roman  Topic: How well did Christopher Bacorn accomplish his purpose in the article in Evergreen page 599-602 “Dear Dads: Save Your Sons”? What was his purpose? Where and how was he successful or not? Remember, you are not arguing about his topic, but how well he convinced you, his audience, of his main idea.  Audience: Your instructor and your class peers, others of your choosing Genre:   Persuasive Essay – specifically a rhetorical analysis   Format:  MLA or APA format --whichever one you are most familiar. See page 314 in Evergreen for a quick reference to both styles. (ex. APA/MLA) Example in-text MLA: (Bacorn 601).    Example in-text APA:  (Bacorn, 2014)  Action: You are NOT doing additional research. Use the list of questions* below the essay description to help you decide and design your arguments. What can you argue? - You can argue that he was successful in certain places and why - You can argue that he was not successful in certain places and why - You can argue that he was successful in some places and not others and why  Just for fun:  This video talks about writing a rhetorical analysis which is another name for this writing assignment.

1. Essay description and details: For this essay, you will write to your audience using a formal tone about the article assigned. Be careful not to add your opinions about the topic, but argue where the author’s argument and purpose was successful or not in his writing of the article. In other words, you are critiquing the author’s writing — your reader will know what you thought was or was not well argued in the article and why.

1. Your writing style:

a. Write with a formal style and tone. No contractions, no slang, few pronouns (I, you). Be sure your arguments are organized and easy for the reader to follow. Read it aloud to test this out! Better yet, read it aloud to someone else and get a peer review.


2. Include all the things we have learned so far:

a. Thesis

b. Intro, Conclusion, Title

c. Summary, Quotations, Plagiarism

d. Subject/Verb agreement, Sentence Structure, Commas, Colons and Semi-colons

e. Paragraph Writing


3. Be sure to state a claim (thesis) and prove it by including your arguments.


4. Be sure to reference the article when posing your arguments. That’s what you are arguing, after all.


5. MLA or APA Format

a. Include in-text citations for every reference to information from the article

b. Include a works cited (MLA) or reference page (APA)


*Questions to help you decide your argument.

  1. What      is the purpose of this argument, the article? What does the author hope to      achieve?
  2. Who      is the audience for this argument?
  3. What      appeals or techniques does the author use – emotional, logical, ethical?
  4. How      does the argument try to make the writer seem trustworthy?
  5. What      authorities does the author use? Are they credible?
  6. What      facts are used in the argument? What logic? What evidence? How is the      evidence arranged?
  7. What      claims are made? What issues are raised, and which ones are ignored?
  8. Whose      interest does this writing serve? Who gains or loses by it?
  9. How      does the language or style of the argument work to persuade an audience?      Or not?
  10. Overall,      does the argument succeed or fail? Quote language from the piece – where      does it makes sense and where does it fall apart?
  11. Has      your persuasive essay become an argument? It should!



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