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You are required to submit the FINAL copy of this assignment, but you may first submit an optional DRAFT. This will allow you to receive qualitative feedback that can inform your revision. You should always avoid focusing solely on the grader’s DRAFT feedback; use the feedback as a supplement to the course lessons and your own revision ideas. Always expect to revise beyond what the DRAFT grader specifically notes.
Additional helpful resources:
Persuasive Rubric | Persuasive Sample 1 | Persuasive Sample 2
Option #1: Fallacies in the Media’s Spotlight
Identify and research a person in the media's spotlight who has used a specific logical fallacy. Please be sure the thesis statement includes the logical fallacy you discuss in your paper, the person who used it, and a brief look at the examples from your paper showing how the fallacy was used. Use a persuasive tone throughout to encourage your chosen audience to accept your thesis statement. Detailing the fallacy examples and explaining how they relate to your chosen fallacy is a strong persuasive method for the body paragraphs. Strive to provide at least three examples (one for each body paragraph) where the person used the fallacy.
Sample Thesis Statement: “Kim Kardashian used the Post Hoc Fallacy when (add example 1), (add example 2), and (add example 3).”
Option #2: Dear Editor:
Select a problem in your community or your school that you feel passionately about (students talking on cell phones in the classroom, the need for more recreational centers in your city, etc.) and write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. (For tips on writing a strong opinion letter, visit http://www.ccmc.org/node/16090)
You do not need to format this assignment like a formal business letter, but do start your letter with the phrase “Dear Editor:”
In the body of your letter, explain the problem (suggested for body paragraph 1), express your views on it such as the potentially negative effects (suggested for body paragraph 2), and then offer a solution to it (suggested for body paragraph 3). In order to effectively persuade your audience—the newspaper’s readers—to agree with you and to act on your solution, you will need to fully understand the problem and understand your audience. In addition, you will need to be able to describe the problem detail, to clearly explain your position on it using a persuasive tone, and to provide strong, concrete examples to back up your claims.
Sample Thesis Statement: “Valley Community College has (add problem), which (add your stance/potentially negative impacts); therefore, (add solution).”
The guidelines and requirements for this assignment are as follows:
Remember to apply the concepts you're learning in the course, including elements of grammar, punctuation, thesis development, and other skills.
Header: Include a header in the upper left-hand corner of your writing assignment with the following information:
Your first and last name
Course Title (Composition I)
Assignment name (Persuasive Essay)
Length: This assignment should be at least 750 words.
Last name and page number in upper-right corner of each page
Title, centered after heading
Standard font (Times New Roman or Calibri)
1” margins on all sides
Save the file as .docx or .doc format
Underline your thesis statement.
You are required to submit the FINAL copy of this assignment, but you may first submit an optional DRAFT. This will allow you to receive qualitative feedback that can inform your revision. You should always avoid focusing solely on the grader’s DRAFT feedback; use the feedback as a supplement to the course lessons and your own revision ideas.