information on writing persuasively
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.
See Chapter 13 and 17 in Evergreen for more information on writing persuasively.
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s84EDd8jFgw 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:
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!
Persuasive Essay Rubric
|20-15 points||14-9 points||8-1||Self-grade pts||Instructor grade pts|
|Does the essay meet the basic expectations for pages, line-spacing, and font including a formal style, tone, an organization, and is it self-graded and totaled?||Meets the basic expectations of length, format, style, tone, and organization||Meets some of the basic expectations of length, format, style, tone, and organization||Doesn’t meet the basic expectations of length, format, style, tone, and organization|
|Does this essay include the following components meeting the requirements outlined in the modules?
– thesis sentence
|This essay successfully includes all the listed components from our modules||This essay includes many of the listed components outlined in our modules||This essay uses very few of the listed components outlined in our modules.|
|Does this essay have clearly defined and supported arguments using persuasive strategies as outlined in our textbook and help videos?||This essay has clearly defined and supported arguments using persuasive strategies||This essay has some defined and supported arguments using persuasive strategies||Does this essay does not have clearly defined and supported arguments using persuasive strategies|
|Does the essay have correct
– subject/verb agreement
– strong sentence structure
– comma usage
as detailed in our lectures?
|0-4 errors that do not impede the readability and flow of the essay||5-8 errors that begin to impede the readability and flow of essay||More than 9 errors which interrupt the flow and readability|
|Does the essay use proper MLA or APA in-text citations and works cited/reference pages?||The essay uses proper MLA or APA in-text citations and works cited/reference pages.||The essay somewhat uses proper MLA or APA in-text citations and works cited/reference pages.||The essay does not use proper MLA or APA in-text citations and works cited/reference pages.|