For this essay youll need to watch some television news, read some online major newspaper or magazine articles, include information youve learned from our readings, interview family or friends about their responses to the pandemic, and assess what you see on social media. This will be a 4 pages, double spaced, research essay, using the skills of argument and persuasion weve been studying.
* learning what it means to set goals before making an argument
* focusing your audience on the “three core issues” – “blame, values and choice”
* “softening up” your audience by using the powerful tools of persuasion:
argument by character, argument by logic, and argument by emotion
Answer the following question, and support your response with sources.
Should we re-open the economy and the schools now? or wait until we have more information about the virus?
Support your response by using each of the tools we’ve been studying so far: pathos, logos, and ethos.
Quote material from EACH of the following sources:
1 recent American newspaper article. Please use one of the following: New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, or LA Times. OR Time Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, the Atlantic, Forbes.
1 television news program. Please name the program, the date you were watching, and the speaker you are quoting.
(at least) 1 person from your family or friend group
1 quote from Michael B.A. Oldstone (viruses, plagues and history book refer to chapter 4 and 6)
And of course, using your own point of view. So, have a thesis (your answer to the question), and follow it up with persuasive reasoning using the sources to back you up.
Your essay should be double spaced, 12 point type, and fully proofread before you submit it. The essay will be a minimum of 4 pages long.