Bolton ENG 102 Paper Assignment #1: Analysis of an Argument One way to learn how to do something is to look very closely at an example and analyze how it works. Some of the most profound discoveries in the sciences and many day-to-day inventions were made just by looking very closely and precisely at how a natural phenomenon works. By reading an argument closely you will be able to see exactly how its rhetorical parts work and fit together. This will give you a better idea of how parts of rhetoric work in your own writing, which will in turn allow you to argue more effectively and with more awareness. Further, it helps to illustrate that writing and argumentative writing is not a haphazard process?rather, that it is methodical process. Specifics of the Assignment: Length: minimum 3-5, double-spaced, typed pages Audience: an introductory college English Format: 12 point, Times font, 1? margins, double spaced, MLA documentation You will write a paper that analyzes, explains, and evaluates an argument of your choice from the options listed below: Idiot Nation by Michael Moore pg 132 Still Separate Still Unequal by Jonathan Kozol pg 239 The Oblivious Empire by Mark Hertsgaard pg 781 Serving In Florida By Barbara Ehrenreich pg 294 Evaluation: You will be evaluated on this paper in the following ways. Constructing a paper modeled on typical academic form (ie. on that includes an introduction, thesis statement, body, and conclusion.) Identification of your chosen author?s purpose. Ability to accurately and thoroughly explain how the author of your choice makes his or her argument. You may do this by explaining their use of logic, classical appeals, and other rhetorical techniques. You will show that you are able to use analytical techniques and vocabulary from class citing specific examples from the essay of your choice. You must show how the argument works?what its parts are. You will explain what parts of the argument are effective and ineffective, once again using specific understanding of rhetoric covered in class and examples from the text. This is not your reaction to the argument: it is a careful evaluation of the merit of the argument itself. Your ability to answer the assignment. (Is the paper long enough? Does it answer the prompt? Does it really analyze the essay, or just comment on or argue with it?) Use of academic prose style with few or no mechanical errors. This includes appropriate tone, spelling, grammar, format, etc.
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