One of the goals of ENC 1102 is to expose students to the techniques and strategies used to convince an audience to accept an argument. These techniques and strategies are used by writers of all kinds of texts, including newspaper opinion pieces, politicalspeeches, advertisements, and many scholarly academic articles. For this assignment, you will select oneof the argumentative textslisted below, copies of which can be found on Canvas,and analyze the strategies and techniques employed by the author to make her/his argument. Your goal in this assignment is to show that you understand and can identify these strategies and techniques and that you’ve carefully considered how they are used in one particular text. This type of essay is called a rhetorical analysis.You may use any oneof the following texts for this essay:Don’t Let Kids Play Football, by Bennet OmaluFor Many Restaurant Workers, Fair Conditions Not on Menu, by Kathleen KingsburyDisparities on Death Row, by Cornelia Grumman2,100 Hours to Cut Hair; 150 Hours for EMTs, by Des Moines Register Editorial BoardA Good Way to Keep Guns From Predators, by New York Times Editorial BoardHaving identified a text, use the material we studied on Rhetorical Strategies, includingthe study guide provided, and the guided prewriting assignment to assist you in analyzing the techniquesand strategies employed by theauthor of the text you select. Ask yourself if you agree or disagree with all or part of the writer’s argument and why. Ask yourself which parts you find especially convincing or which parts you most object to. In writing your paper, first identify the title and author of the article and the author’s central claim. It is strongly suggested that you utilize the sentence frame found on the Rhetorical Analysisstudy guide in writing this first sentence of your paper. Also in the first paragraph, summarize the author’s argument, including the evidence she/he presents to support her/his argument.Toward the end of the introduction paragraph, provide a clear thesis statement that summarizes your own evaluation of the author’s argument, articulating what you did and/or did not find convincing about it and what you will discuss in your essay with regard to the author’s argument.In at least fiveadditional paragraphs, select at least three separate strategies employed by the author to focus on in your paper.Clearly explain how the author uses each strategy you select. Provide examples, including quotes and paraphrases from the text. Devote at leastone paragraphto each strategy, and make the organization of your paper clear.At this point in the essay, offer your opinion on how effectively the author uses rhetorical strategies to make her/his argument convincing.A possible general outline is provided below. An example essay is also posted in Canvas.The minimum word count for this essayis 1,000words, and your essay must consist of at least 6paragraphs.Engage in the writing process to complete theseassignments. Prewrite, draft, and revise your work. Begin this assignment by printing the article you selected and reading it several times. Identify the rhetorical strategies utilized. Highlight the strategies you identify, and make notes in the margins of the pages. See the list of suggested readingsfrom the common coursetextbook below. These readings may be especially helpful as you prepare for this assignment. Once you have written a draft, proofread your essay. Use your instructor’s comments on your previous assignments to help you identify errors. Introduction (at least one paragraph)oUse the following sentence frame to identify the title and author of the article and her/his central claim.In “Title,” insert author’s first and last name________ insert an appropriate tag word, e.g. argues, claims, asserts ________ write asummary of the author’s claim _________.oProvide a summary of the author’s argument, including the evidence she/he presents and the rhetorical strategies used.Body (at least six paragraphs): Identify three separate rhetorical strategies employed by the author, and devote at least two paragraphs to describing each of them and commenting on how effectively you feel they are usedConclusion: A conclusion is optional. If you include one, briefly summarize both the author’s argument and your analysis of it.
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