Purpose of the Assignment
It’s important to analyze the argument of others to determine the moves they make in the essay: are the moves a success or a failure. As you complete this assignment, you are looking for ways to integrate the successful strategies you observe and avoid the ones that make an argument less successful.
To demonstrate understanding of an argument.
To analyze the rhetorical moves in an argument.
To show you understand an author’s point of view and potential weaknesses and/or strengths of it.
To demonstrate what it means to think critically.
Select a topic for essay 2 from the list below – REMEMBER, IT DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU BELIEVE OR DON’T BELIEVE IN THE TOPIC YOU SELECT. YOU AREN’T ARGUING/ANALYZING ANYTHING ABOUT THE TOPIC. YOU ARE ARGUING IF THE AUTHOR OF THE ARTICLE IS EFFECTIVE OR NOT AND WHY
Banning LGBTQ books from school libraries
Effectiveness of grades in higher education
Pandemic and the impact on students of color in learning gains/losses
How to Organize Your Response
Use headers that indicate the information you are analyzing (as in the student example). You can Google how to create and format headers for MLA expectations.
Introduction – First, survey the argument you are making. The thesis should be at the end of the introduction and indicate if the author is effective or ineffective in supporting the claim made in the article. Your introduction can also include the background details about the author, however, be sure to introduce the article by STATING THE TITLE OF THE ARTICLE AND THE AUTHOR IN THE INTRODUCTION. Thesis should be stated without announcing, using a question, or using the 5-paragraph format.
The next paragraph or two should include the context for the discussion, and purpose/exigence of the author’s argument. Check the questions on page 36 for help with ways to think about what the author is doing and why. Consider the rhetorical situation of the article, can you find an answer for each component?
Second, Analyze the argument. Remember, an analysis essay is where you break the article down to it’s various components. THE NEXT SEVERAL PARAGRAPHS IN YOUR ESSAY, using your annotations and rhetorical situation chart, attempt to unpack the writer’s argument; try to determine how the pieces fit together. Here you are using the specifics from the analysis method you’ve selected. Be sure to use and define the new terminology you’ve learned from the analysis method.
Third, Evaluate the argument. Finally, in the REMAINING PARAGRAPHS, judge the meat of the argument, the ideas and claims; what does the author do well; what’s missing? This is more than just a reaction/response. Try to move beyond your initial reactions and think about the argument’s impact on the audience.
Strategies for Success
YOUR ARTICLE SHOULD BE TIMELY, WHICH MEANS WITHIN THE LAST YEAR. (2022)
Don’t simply retell the details about the article.
You need to use the rhetorical situation terms you learned and the chapter 8 analysis terms to be successful in this assignment (text, writer, audience, purpose, exigence, subject, context, contraints, Voice & Tone, Genre, Appels, Kairos)
If the new terms are not used, you will not earn a passing grade. The point of this assignment is to demonstrate what you’ve learned and how you’re able to use that information.
CITE ALL YOUR SOURCES CORRECTLY (textbook, rhetorical situation terms, and article ONLY) ALL ANALYSIS TERMS MUST BE DEFINED.
A DEBATABLE THESIS STATEMENT (IS THE AUTHOR EFFECTIVE OR NOT) IN ESTABLISHING SUPPORT FOR THEIR ARUGMENT USING THE RHETORICAL SITUATION SHOULD BE THE LAST SENTENCE OF YOUR INTRODUCTION.
DO NOT USE 1ST OR 2ND PERSON
Essay word count is 900 – 1000 words (not including cited material). The cited material could include a source you used to frame the article, the article you selected, and the textbook to define the new terms (TOTAL OF 2- 3).
At least 6 paragraphs.
Use traditional MLA essay structure (use the MLA essay template in Microsoft Word). Use the default settings on your word processing program (“normal” margins,12-point font, Calibri or Times New Roman). Double-space your essay and include page numbers and headers. (see sample MLA information or review the following).
Cite all your resources from the readings.
Submitted the essay as a .doc or .docx file
Linked below is an example of what it should look like
Purpose of the Assignment It’s important to analyze the argument of others to de
Purpose of the Assignment