Due Today

The Review essays are due.

Reflection

Think back on the process of writing the review. Write a short note about what you learned from the process.

  1. What do you like about the essay?
  2. What are the strengths and weaknesses?
  3. Where did you struggle?

What is an Argument?

Contradiction?

Claims, reasons, and evidence.

Quick Write

What would someone have to do to change your opinion on something?

Intro to Arguments

Language is an art form. Here is the Wikipedia definition of Rhetoric.

Rhetoric is the art of discourse, wherein a writer or speaker strives to inform, persuade or motivate particular audiences in specific situations.

Aristotle’s definition of rhetoric

“The faculty of observing, in any given case, the available means of persuasion

ethos pathos

Ethos: Appeals to Ethics, Credibility or Character. Ethics, ethical, trustworthiness or reputation, style/tone. The credibility of the speaker persuades.

Pathos: Appeals to Emotion. Emotional or imaginative impact, stories, values. Uses emotional response to persuade an audience.

Logos: Appeals to logic. Persuade by reason and evidence.

Solution Argument

A solution argument is a research argument that is arguing for a solution to a problem. For example, instead of arguing that abortion is bad, we would argue for solutions to abortion. How can we help people have less abortions? This does some good in the world.

Solution Argument Prompt

Michelle Obama Speech

What argument is she making?

How does she build Ethos?

How does she use pathos?

How does she use logos?