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For this essay you will be applying the Aristotelian appeals (ethical, logical, and emotional) to the rhetoric of two TED Talks. While there are similarities in their rhetorical approaches, there are also some differences.
Your task is to complete the following:
In a multi-paragraph essay which integrates your analysis of both talks, write a reasoned position on which speech is more rhetorically effective in appealing to the intended audience. The purpose of this essay is not the Organic Food discussion, but the strategies that the speakers used to make their speech more effective.
Your essay should include:
Begin with a title that arouses the reader’s interest. The most effective method of finding a title comes from taking an imaginative word or phrases from your essay’s well- crafted concluding line. It will pique your readers’ interest, rather than merely label your essay’s subject and purpose, Further, it often causes your readers to want to re-read your entire essay!
2. Abstract (100 words) 3-4 sentences. Clarify, for your readers, what problem you are trying to solve in your project, what your main claim is, and what the main result of your analysis is.
Introduction should continue to build this interest and should contain the introductory context and provide lead-in to your thesis/claim. Your essay’s introductory paragraph should effectively introduce the subject and the purpose of your claim.
In your introduction, write six sentences:
1. A hook
2. A problem. Provide a brief explanation of the circumstances that caused the problem you are trying to solve and provide a brief summary of the speakers’ central arguments.
3. Discuss the significance of the topic.
4.. Identify the purpose of your project.
5. Recognize the audience and why this topic matters to them.
6. A thesis statement.
Frame a thesis statement that establishes your reasoned position on which speech is more effective in appealing to the intended audience. You should mention the Aristotelian appeals, asserting your evaluation of each appeals effectiveness.
7. Three Body paragraphs.
A. Write a topic sentence, addressing the ethical appeal in one paragraph, the logical appeal in the second paragraph, and the emotional appeal (pathos) in the third paragraph.
B. Examine, evaluate, and compare/contrast the rhetorical strategies used by both speakers.
Support your topic sentence with abundant evidence to convince your readers that your topic sentence is sound. Make logical connections between parts of your evidence.
Choose one organizational patterns, arranging your paragraphs subject-by-subject or point-by-point.
C. Use transitions to make your text readable and coherent.
D. Provide your own commentaries, explaining to your readers your position. Avoid using “I” or “You”.
E. Write a concluding sentence. Expand your topic sentence into your concluding sentence that makes clear your position, which should be one that grows logically from your analysis and discussion of the issues.
All body paragraph should be placed an a logical order maintaining a clear relation to the introduction and thesis. Details must be correctly cited, using MLA parenthetical citation format in the text of the essay. For example, ….(Silva) or ….(Partov).
8. Conclusion. Interpret the findings. 2.3 Conclusion. Read.
A conclusion gives a reader a sense of completion of the subject. Use the concluding paragraph to emphasize the validity and importance of your thinking. The concluding paragraph is your last chance to convince the reader. The conclusion may be the last part of your essay the teacher reads before putting a grade on your paper. Therefore, make your conclusion count.
I. Briefly summarize your position.
II. While searching for an exit with proper emphasis and grace, here some suggestions that might spark some good ideas for your conclusion. Use: 1, 2, 3 + two or three of your choice.
An evaluation of the importance of the essay’s subject
A statement of the essay’s broader implications
A recommendation or call to action
A warning based on the essay’s thesis
A quotation from an authority or someone whose insight emphasizes the main point
An anecdote or brief example that emphasizes or sum up the point of the essay
A rhetorical question that makes the reader think about the essay’s main point
A forecast based on the essay’s thesis
An ironic twist, witticism, pun, or playful use of words
A proverb, maxim, or motto
9. A Works Cited page
Cite the documentaries that you used for your analysis.
10. A Self-Reflection page.
Evaluate your weaknesses and strengths as a writer and a critical thinker in this project. Explain what you learned working on this project.
13.2 Final Self-Assessment/Reflection/Test
Answer the following questions:
1. Does the content of the assignments contribute to your understanding of the subject? Explain.
2. Are the assignments challenging or not? Explain.
3. Are the assignments materials phrased clearly?
4. Identify your strengths and weaknesses in the following:
A. Abstract and
Writing a hook, identifying the problem you try to solve in your essay, explaining the purpose of your essay, recognizing the audience, framing a thesis statement.
B. Body Paragraphs:
Writing a topic sentence, providing support, incorporating ideas of different authors (summarizing, paraphrasing, quoting), using transitions, writing a concluding sentence.
Writing a refutation paragraph. Dealing with the opposing viewpoints.
Creating an argument. Understanding how people in opposing sides respond to each other.
Writing recommendations. warnings, asking rhetorical questions, concluding with quotes.
5. What course objectives have you achieved?
Critical thinking skills:
I. identifying the main claim, purpose, audience, and style of the article, speech, documentary.
II. showing what your position is and writing your own claim (thesis statement).
III. writing an effective Introduction and conclusion
IV. topic sentences and concluding sentences
V. using transitions
VI. acknowledging other people’s ideas
6. Explain what you learned about induction and deduction.
7. Explain what you learned reading about Toulmin logic.
8. Explain what you learned about types of claims (three claims)
9. Explain what you learned about values and needs of your audience.
Answer the questions and provide the definitions for the terms:
1. Rhetorical Modes (Patterns for writing). Provide the definition.
2. List at least five different Rhetorical modes (Patterns)
3. What are effective strategies to introduce an essay? Name five or more strategies.
4. What should be included in the body paragraph?
5. Argumentation. Provide the definition.
6. What is the difference between argumentation and persuasion?
7. What are the criteria for evidence? Name three criteria.
8. Premise. Provide the definition.
9. A fallacy. Provide the definition.
10. Three or more examples of fallacies.
11. Pathos. Provide the definition.
12. Provide one or two examples with the emotional appeal (pathos).
13. Ethos. Provide the definition.
14. One or two examples with the ethical appeal (ethos)
15. Logos. provide the definition.
16. One or two examples with the logical appeal (logos).
17. What is the difference between subject -to-subject comparison and point-to-point comparison?
18. How to establish basis for comparison?
Criteria for Success
Successful papers will:
introduce the topic and provide the brief summaries of the presenters’ arguments;
include a thesis statement;
support your analysis clearly, focusing on the rhetorical strategies;
integrate evidence and examples through quoting and paraphrasing, using appropriate documentation;
analyze Ted Talk examples to support your position;
be cohesively structured with effective transitions so that your reader does not get lost while reading;
clearly communicate your ideas for an educated reader and be mostly free of grammatical errors.
This essay is not an agree or disagree exercise, nor is it intended to generate an extensive summary of Ted Talks.
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