Project #22897 - Essay

In the first chapter of the book HOT: Living Through the Next 50 Years on Earth, by Mark Herstgaard, several sub-claims are made, all working to persuade the reading audience to the overall argument: Climate Change is a serious threat which much be addressed urgently.

 

            Your assignment is to take a stance on the effectiveness of part of Hertzgaard’s argument. To do so you will first write a fair account of Hertzgaard’s rhetorical moves in relation to two important sub-claims. This will require identifying the most important evidence used to support these claims, then zeroing in one piece of evidence in particular, for which you fully articulate the following (not necessarily in this order):

 

         howHerstgaard uses this evidence to evoke a particular response in a reader. This will mean specifically and convincingly articulating one or more specific strategies employed with this evidence, including solid and logical proof of their existence in the text.

         whythese strategies might be effective. This will mean clearly articulating what it is that Herstgaard assumes about his audience (their demographic, beliefs, tendencies, etc.) which leads him to think his strategies will be effective, and whether or not you agree that his strategy will be effective, with a logical explanation of why or why not.

 

            The result will be an outlining of the conversation Herstgaard is effectively having with his audience: the back and forth which he hopes will, eventually, persuade, and an evaluation of that conversation’s effectiveness.

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Structure/Length: 3 pages with an introduction, at least 2 body paragraph, and a conclusion.

Format: Double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font. Stapled.

 

Your introduction should include, at minimum:

1.   An interesting hook for your reader.

2.  Any contextual information necessary for your reader which serves to strategically frame the essay and/or topic.

3.  An appropriate thesis.

 

Your body paragraph(s) should include:

1.  Topic sentence(s) which forecast the paragraph to come for your reader.

2.  At least one claim with evidence to back up that claim rooted solidly in the text;

3.  At least one strategy used to convince the audience, including specific, step by step analysis of how Herstgaard hopes to convince the audience, and why he hopes to do so.

4.  An evaluation of the effectiveness of rhetorical moves made by Hertsgaard.

 

Your conclusion should include:

1.  A brief reminder of your most important points.

 

2.  A conclusion about Hertsgaard’s overall effectiveness.

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 02/17/2014 12:00 am
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