Goal: Within a text, an argument exists that may contain claims, sub-claims, evidence, and appeals. To understand the text’s argument and rhetorical situation, a reader/writer should recognize and summarize the claim(s) as well as analyze the evidence provided. Moreover, this analysis should include an evaluation of the rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, and logos), which should provide merit to the text’s overall persuasive context and nature. Further analysis may include the discussion of shared values and warrants to strengthen the evaluation. Writing Prompts and Rhetorical Situations:
Option 1: Choose a documentary film that focuses on an issue and argues a position. Study the film you have chosen and write a rhetorical analysis argument essay. You can find documentary films from various places: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/ or Films on Demand (via the OCCC Library). For Films on Demand, you will have to enter your OCCC Login and Password to access the films, unless you are on campus.
Option 2: From the textbook, choose an essay, poem, comic, image, or other thematic genre that focuses on an issue and argues a position. Study the text you have chosen and write a rhetorical analysis argument essay. While any reading selection in the textbook will work for a topic idea, you might decide to focus on one of the issues listed in the Table of Contents: Education and Society; Family Life and Gender Roles; History, Culture, and Civilization; Government, Politics, and Social Justice; Business and Economics; Media and Popular Culture; Literature and the Arts; Philosophy, Ethics, and Religions; Health and Medicine; or Science and Technology.