MA #3: Argumentative Essay
One of the primary functions of a traditional college education is to prepare students to promote andÂ
defend their choices. Â
Throughout this class we have analyzed rhetorical situations-why and how someone creates aÂ
piece of communication and how these choices have affected audiences. We have also analyzedÂ
and produced documents relying on the five senses, which is another rhetorical tool.
This project is designed to help you 1. sharpen your research skills, 2. use logic and applyÂ
classical and modern rhetorical concepts like the three rhetorical appeals (ethos, logos, andÂ
pathos), 3. demonstrate your writing skills, and 4. anticipate objections.
Now it is your turn to use the skills you have learned to create a researched argument. Â Write anÂ
essay in which you state your point of view, and defend it while incorporating ethos (credibility),
pathos (emotional appeal), and logos (logical appeal). Â You will also be utilizing different modesÂ
of writing in this paper: narration, description, definition, argumentation, etc.Â
Remember that a strong argument not only proves the authorâ€™s point, but acknowledges differing
viewpoints, so you will need to analyze multiple sides of the topic. This should be a fair andÂ
balanced argument. A strong argument also utilizes credible sources to strengthen your point ofÂ
view. Â Remember that not everyone will be familiar with your topic, so you must explain theÂ
issue to your audience. Use the chapters in your text on â€œCh. 13 Argumentsâ€ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
and â€œUsing Sources in Your Writing,â€ class discussions, and notes to guide you.
Audience: Your Audience for this paper will be a group called the Undergraduate Student Scholars of America. Each year this group publishes a journal called Undergraduate Scholars that contains well-written, carefully researched, and thought-provoking papers from current undergraduate scholars.
Point of View: Though you may include personal experience and personal pronouns for persuasive effect, this paper will not be written in the first person.
General Purpose: To help readers understand the topic/issue and persuade them to seriously
consider your position