ENG 201: Intermediate Composition—Assignment #2: Writing to Convince

ENG 201: Intermediate Composition—Assignment #2: Writing to Convince

ENG 201: Intermediate Composition—Assignment #2: Writing to Convince

 

DUE DATES: Listed on your course schedule

 

Your text reminds us that most modes of writing, to some degree, are persuasive. Different modes of writing require different persuasive strategies: most common are appeals to logic, ethics, and emotion. Learning to construct strong written and oral arguments is a valuable skill, which one will use regularly in academic, professional, and personal arenas.

 

The Assignment

After you have completed the reading and considered our class discussion, write a 6-8 page paper that attempts to persuade a person you know well (such as a friend, partner, or family member) to adopt a new lifestyle habit (quitting smoking/vaping; taking up regular exercise, meditation, etc.; adopting a keto or vegan diet; reducing screen time on social media, etc.). We will discuss many other topic choices in class.  Your paper should also have a specific purpose: it shouldn’t be simply “to persuade”: rather, think about what you want your chosen audience to do with the information provided. Your persuasive paper your paper should incorporate information from 6-8 outside sources, and use a variety of appropriate appeals (logos, ethos, and pathos) to build your content.

In your introductory paragraph:

·       Present the issue/topic in an engaging, attention-getting way, to show the reader “that the issue exists and they should be concerned about it” (246).

·       Identify your audience. The reader should be able to tell from content who you’re attempting to persuade; don’t announce who your audience is—“I am attempting to persuade all you cat lovers out there to adopt 15 MORE furry feline friends!”

·       End with a clearly-stated claim. This is the thesis of your paper, and may also reveal your purpose.

In your body paragraphs:

·       Organize and develop your content according to one of the methods presented on p. 265 in your text.

·       Integrate content from 6-8 outside sources.

·       Use appropriate appeals (logos, ethos, and pathos).

·       Address the other viewpoint(s).

In your conclusion:

·       End with a call to action.

Throughout your paper:

·       Maintain a civil, professional, accessible tone.

·       You may use “you” to address your chosen audience.

·       You may use “I” if you’re using a relevant anecdote to build your content.

 

Assignment #2: Writing to Convince—Pre-Writing #2

Ali Hajri

2-26-21

Professor: Andrea Devenney

ENG 201

POINT #1:

 

CIRCLE OR UNDERLINE RHETORICAL APPEAL:

 

EVIDENCE:

 

Boost self-confidence, self-esteem, self-worth

 

 

Exercising has many benefits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOGOS

 

 

ETHOS

 

 

PATHOS

POINT #2:

 

CIRCLE OR UNDERLINE RHETORICAL APPEAL:

 

EVIDENCE:

Boost your energy

Help maintain a healthier lifestyle

 

 

 

 

 

Excuse can promote a balance in your life

 

 

 

LOGOS

 

 

ETHOS

 

 

PATHOS

POINT #3:

CIRCLE OR UNDERLINE

RHETORICAL APPEAL:

EVIDENCE:

It allows for your brain to be more stimulated

It helps with brain health and activity

LOGOS

 

ETHOS

 

PATHOS

OTHER VIEWPOINT/S RELATED TO YOUR TOPIC:

1.       Brings better sleep patterns it allows you to have a better night’s rest.

2.       Being able to sleep better at night give you better results throughout your daily routine.

 

 

3.       Improves mood, exercising brings better mood because it is known as a stress reliefer.

4.       Exercising lowers the chance of getting depression

 

 

3. Exercising can be fun

You have to find the right activity that will allow your body and your mind to have fun while exercising

Some people that exercise find comfort in it, the gym is like there gym away from home (Allowing them to blow off steam they may have had at home)

 

LIST SOME WEAKNESSES ASSOCIATED WITH THESE OTHER VIEWPOINT/S:

 

Some may argue that exercise does not benefit them with their depression.

People might say it’s just not possible for them to make the time to work out

 

 

 

RECOGNIZE ANY STRENGTHS ASSOCIATED WITH THESE OTHER VIEWPOINT/S:

Studies have been shown that exercising promotes health

It helps maintains people’s health balance