Who is your audience? Who are you trying to convince with your argument? Who has the power to implement your solution?
Also called parenthetical citations.
One Author: (Ramos 1)
Two Authors: (Smith and Ramos 2)
Three or more Authors: (Ramos et al. 2)
An elevator pitch is a brief, persuasive speech that you use to spark interest in what you are speaking or writing about.
Imagine you have one minute to present yourself and your ideas to someone who can implement your solution or make a change. What would you say in that one minute elevator ride to convince this person that your ideas are worthy of attention. You have ten floors to make a compelling case. Take a few minutes to figure out how to make your proposal professional, succinct, and interesting. Then, write it down.
Introductions are very important. The link above has some great examples and explanations for writing introductions.
Much like an elevator pitch, an introduction has to make a good impression, grab your reader’s interest, and make them want to keep reading.
Take the elevator pitch you just wrote and figure out how to work it into your introduction. The elevator pitch can work as the intro, or add to your intro, to make a case for reading the rest of the essay.
Using Rhetoric Notes
- So What?
- Include the Conversation
Argument – a reason or set of reasons given with the aim of persuading others that an action or idea is right or wrong.
Remember, an argument uses reasons and evidence to persuade. Have you provided enough reasons and evidence to convince us of your position?
Keep these things in mind.
- Peer edit the same way you revise your own work.
- Be specific in identifying problems or opportunities.
- Offer suggestions for improvement.
- Praise what is genuinely good in the paper.
- Is the writer’s tone appropriate?
- Who is the audience?
- Looking at the essay as a whole, what is the thesis or main idea?
- Is each paragraph adequately developed? Are there sufficient details and/or supporting quotations?
For the Proposal, make sure you:
- Define the problem
- Recognize an audience
- Create, explain, and justify a plan of action.
- Persuade readers of the problem and proposed solution.
What is your plan of action for revising your essay?