Evaluating an Argument In Writing Project 2, we will practice the art of evalu

Evaluating an Argument
In Writing Project 2, we will practice the art of evalu

Evaluating an Argument
In Writing Project 2, we will practice the art of evaluating an argument. As consumers, citizens, and people in a society, we need to be able to decipher a strong argument from a weak one, so we are not swayed but rather well-informed. How do we do that? Let’s practice. . .
Assignment Details
For this assignment, you will evaluate an argument; you will be evaluating the author’s argument. Is it well formed, supported, analyzed, why or why not?
Remember, you should agree or disagree with the author (his or her actual point); you are NOT commenting on the author’s opinion, but rather evaluating the strength of his/her argument.
You will need to restate his/her thesis/argument in your own words. Then you will explain how he or she did an effective or ineffective job at convincing the audience. Identify the argument and intended audience in your introduction. Write your thesis stating whether the presented argument is effective or not, and list the reasons why. Lastly, the body paragraphs should focus on the reasons listed in the thesis and provide evidence of the different strategies used and how effective or ineffective they were to building the author’s argument.
Task
You are analyzing the way the author presented his or her argument to argue whether it is an effective or ineffective argument.
In order to analyze the argument, you will consider the author’s use of:
Pathos
Ethos
Logos
Assumptions
Logical fallacies
Tone
Types/Strength of evidence
Objectivity/Bias
OR any other points you saw in your textbook
Questions to Consider
Ask yourself, what makes for an effective argument? How and in what ways is the argument convincing?
Purpose (What is the writer trying to accomplish with the essay?)
Audience (To whom does the writer try to appeal? How does the writer try to connect with that audience?)
Organization (How has the writer structured and presented the argument?)
Nods to the Opposition (How does the writer anticipate and address arguments that might be made against his/her position?)
Definition (How does the writer define key terms used in the argument?)
Examples (What sort of examples/analogies does the writer use as evidence?)
Appeals to Authority (How does the writer use other sources, experts, statistics, etc.?)
Ethos (How does the writer present him/herself to the reader?)
Logos (How does the writer appeal to the reader’s sense of logical reasoning?)
Pathos (How does the writer appeal to the reader’s emotions, beliefs, and values?)
Tone (What is the writer’s attitude towards the subject?)
Diction and Imagery (What are the effects of the writer’s word choices?)
Note: Remember that the author can use one rhetorical strategy effectively while failing to use others effectively.
Directions
Step 1 Choose your Article
“Bring down the Barriers–Seen and Unseen”Links to an external site. by Rachel Adams
“College for the Intellectually Disabled”Links to an external site. by Charlotte Allen
“Keeping the promise to All American’s Children”Links to an external site. by Arne Duncan
Step 2 Follow Essay Structure
You will need to:
1. Write the introduction: You will need to restate his/her thesis/argument in your own words. Then you will explain how he or she did an effective or ineffective job at convincing the audience. Identify the argument and intended audience in your introduction.
At the end of the introduction paragraph, write your thesis statement stating whether the presented argument is effective or not, and list the reasons why in a preview of points for the body.
2. Essay Body: The body paragraphs should focus on the reasons listed in the thesis and provide evidence of the different strategies used and how effective or ineffective they were to building the author’s argument.
Point out any instances where the author used one of the elements above by providing a quote from the text with MLA citation.
Comment on whether or not the author did so well, and why? And whether the use of this strategy contributed to effectiveness of his or her argument.
You do not have to address every element above, but you do have to evaluate a minimum of 5 strategies. Each of the five can be presented in its own separate paragraph or you may combine them as you see fit. Be aware that I do expect to see clear organization and academic essay structure.
RequirementsLength: 4-5 pages
Introduction: including a hook, background information about the article, the author’s thesis/claim and his intended audience and your thesis/claim
Up to 5 body paragraphs, each including examples from the text as well as your analysis of effectiveness in each body paragraph
Conclusion
Due DatesRough Draft Due Week 3
Final Draft Due Week 4
Step 3 Complete Writing Project 2 Revision
Please complete the revision checklist for your essay.
Step 4 Complete the final draft of your essay
Follow the guidelines carefully to build your final draft. Use all the feedback given to polish your draft. Use all of the information you have learned so far in the course about writing to improve your final product.
***This should be a complete draft, not the just the initial draft submitted.
Step 5 Save and submit your final draft assignment along with the original rough draft.
Be sure to also include your rough draft, so your instructor can see the changes you made.
Submitting Your Assignment
Please complete the assignment as a Word document.
Click the +Submit Assignment link located in the right-hand column of the course window.
Click the Choose File
Navigate to your document and select it.
Click the Submit Assignment

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