Choose one of the assigned readings (Rose, Bennett, or Desmond) and create an argument where you respond to this question: How effective is the text in trying to persuade its intended audience?
The intended audience for your essay should be people who have already read the assigned texts but are not experts in the material. Consider the students in our class as members of your audience.
Create a thesis that responds to the assignment question (the purpose) and identifies your areas of support (the reasons you have for your argument), and use that thesis to structure your essay. Include your thesis at the end of your introduction.
In order to present an effective argument, your essay should address the following questions
How would you describe the intended audience of this text, and how do you know?
How would you describe the purpose of this text, and how do you know?
How did the text attempt to persuade its audience?
What specific quotes from the text serve as evidence of your argument, and how so?
Optional question to consider
Would you consider yourself part of the intended audience of this text? How does that affect your own response to the text?
PLANNING: Here is a graphic organizer
you can use to plan out your essay.
A minimum of four double-spaced pages, 12 point font, 1 inch margins, with a title and page numbers
Criteria for a successful essay include:
At least 4 full pages, Times New Roman 12, 1 inch margins, double-spaced, typed, with a title and page numbers
An introduction that gets your reader’s attention, introduces the text, and presents a clear thesis that responds to the assignment and that include areas of support
Logical organization with clear topic sentences and transitions that follow through on the thesis
Well-developed support paragraphs that accurately represent the text and analyze the text in order to support your thesis
Effective quote sandwiches (see page 47 of TSIS)
Clear conclusion that wraps up your essay and gives your reader something to think about
Few grammar and spelling errors
MLA in-text citation and MLA Works Cited page (which does not count toward page requirement)
Feel free to use “I”
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If you do not include the author’s name in beginning of the quote, you need the author’s last name and the page number in the in-text citation.
For example: “The trouble with this assumption is that no necessary connection has ever been established between any text of subject and the educational depth and weight of the discussion it can generate” (Graff 143).
If you include the author’s name in the beginning of the quote, you only need the page number at the end.
Graff writes, “The trouble with this assumption is that no necessary connection has ever been established between any text of subject and the educational depth and weight of the discussion it can generate” (143).
You should include a Works Cited page using MLA 8
(Links to an external site.)
at the end of your paper that lists the text you are using. Here is a sample entry:
Graff, Gerald. “Hidden Intellectualism.” They Say/I Say with Readings. 4th ed., edited by Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst, W. W. Norton & Company, 2018, pp. 369-376.