Project #2426 - essay

Guidelines: Argument Analysis Essay

Our study of the healthcare situation in America, as presented by Michael Moore in Sicko (2007), has introduced us not only to the issue but also to the rhetorical strategies and elements of argument. Your first major essay, then, will analyze and evaluate a responding argument made by David Gratzer, a regular columnist for The New York Times who published the following editorial in the Summer 2007 issue of City Journal: “The Ugly Truth About Canadian Health Care.” You can download the article here:

<http://www.city-journal.org/html/17_3_canadian_healthcare.html>

The successful analysis will consider the following questions:

-What is the central argument or thesis of the article?

-What claims are made by the author, and are they supported with evidence? How credible is that evidence, and how specific?

-Does the author base his argument on any assumptions, and how do those assumptions affect the persuasiveness of the article? (You might begin thinking about this by identifying his audience.)

-Does the author acknowledge any objections which might be made against his claims, and/or offer any rebuttals?

-How is logic used as a persuasive strategy in the article? What type of reasoning?

-What other strategies does the author employ to convince the reader? (rhetorical appeals: logos, pathos, and ethos; any non-rational appeals or stylistic choices)

You may organize your analysis in any order you wish, but it is generally helpful to your audience if you summarize the article early in your paper; assume that your audience is familiar with the healthcare issue, but not with Gratzer’s article. The summary should be roughly 150 words, with the rest of the essay focusing on the questions above and any other elements you deem worthy of discussion. Ultimately, your paper should evaluate whether or not the author’s argument is sound and convincing, based on your answers to these questions. The expected length of the paper is approximately 1,000 words.

Remember to include a Works Cited page for the article, and to use MLA documentation style when you quote or paraphrase any portion of the article in your analysis. (Tip: If you use the “printer friendly” version of the article, then you can reference page numbers rather than paragraphs.) Use MLA formatting for the headers and page numbers, and include a title that encompasses the article title as well as the general “angle” of your paper (i.e., ‘Nothing Healthy in This Argument, Either: An Analysis of David Gratzer’s “The Ugly Truth About Canadian Health Care”’). The paper will be assessed based on its achievement in the following areas: consideration and understanding of the required content, 50%; structure and organization, 30%; mechanics and formatting, 20%.

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 02/18/2013 12:00 am
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