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argue for its relevancy towards American culture. This means that you will “break down” this poem and look at how its parts are working together while rooting your examination in contemporary views to an associated cultural modality. For example, one could choose Albergotti’s “Weapons Discharge Report” and argue that it gives readers a better grasp of the issues of police brutality and the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement in recent American culture. As you construct the essay, keep the following in mind:
• Your thesis will be argumentative. Your purpose is not to judge the poem (is it good/bad) but to explain its role in our culture and why it can give readers a better understanding of the specified cultural comparison.
• The history of the poem at the time of its writing and the author themselves.
• How does the poem make its associated cultural modality recognizable to us, and what sort of role does it play in modern society?
• What do others have to say about the associated cultural impact?
• Why do you think it is important for people to know about this cultural modality?
• What do you believe readers should take away from the poem?
Purpose Your rhetorical purpose is argumentative (meaning you will have a thesis statement that you will need to support). Your purpose is not to judge the poem for quality (is it good/bad) but to explain its role in our culture and why it is important to specified people. Claims based in female perspectives for example can still be relevant to men, even if they are rooted in female issues. The same goes for any sort of cultural awareness that is chosen (race, gender, ethnicity, etc.)
No fewer than four (4) pages, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font (you may need to adjust your default settings in Word).
At least one (1) credible outside source.
An MLA-style Works Cited page and MLA-style parenthetical citations.
Proper use of the ICE method for all ideas that are not your own.
A thesis that clearly and skillfully articulates your position on the issue.
A catchy introduction and thought-provoking conclusion, as well as an interesting and relevant title.
Textual support from both the selected poem and any outside sources used (quoting, paraphrasing, and/or summarizing).
Drafting Your Essay: When drafting your introduction and working thesis statement and major points, it’s important to focus on the following:
• Begins with an attention-grabbing strategy that describes the original rhetorical context/situation of the text (who wrote the poem, about what for what reason/purpose)
• Body explains the use of the function, makeup, history, and significance of the poem in relation to chosen cultural modality.
• Body also explains the use of one or more strategies for idea development (logos) such as: narration, definition, comparison/contrast, classification, description, example, cause and effect.
• Body showcases through argumentative means the ways in which a reader can gain appropriate insight into understanding/engaging with the significance of a cultural modality. This will largely be accomplished by using textual support from both the poem and outside source(s) to showcase the cultural significance. Skills covered in class such as counterargument, logos/ethos/pathos, and logical fallacies will be employed.
• Concludes in a manner that doesn’t just restate the main idea but reiterates it while driving home the importance of the argument.