Project #84249 - Rhetorical Analysis - Logic and Reasoning

NOTE: Please use citation using MLA format and also please use references from web/online which i can click and verify. In previous assignment i was given a references from the print media (books) which i didnt have access to and that wasnt accepted by the teacher. 

Also, please dont use too fancy words and higher vocabulary which clearly give a red flag that its not my writing. 

 

 

 

Rhetorical Analysis 2 Assignment Guidelines

Logic and Reasoning

 

In the previous essay we evaluated arguments based on their bias or lack thereof.  This assignment builds on the strategies you previously employed and asks you to write an essay critiquing the logic and reasoning presented in one of the following four articles:

  • “Banning Games Isn’t the Answer: Why Apple’s Response to Charleston Is So Stupid” by Elias Isquith  http://www.salon.com/2015/06/26/banning_games_isnt_the_answer_why_apples_response_to_charleston_is_so_stupid/

 

You will need to do the following in order to successfully complete the assignment:

  • Utilize the strategies you learned for Rhetorical Essay 1.
  • Evaluate the strength and validity of the author’s argument.
  • Identify logical fallacies, if any.

 

In order to judge the argument’s strength, you will first have to determine what that argument is and what the thesis appears to be.  If there is not an explicit thesis statement, you will need to concisely state what the author’s primary argument is.  Both the article’s original thesis and a brief summary of the article should be included early on in the essay.  For the purposes of this essay, pretend that your reader has never read or heard of the article in question.

 

The essay should have an introduction and a conclusion.  The introduction must lead up to your thesis statement, which will state your assessment of the logic and reasoning found in the article (ie whether it is strong, weak, or somewhere in between as well as specifically why you feel that to be the case).

The following structure is recommended for this essay:

Introduction:

Introduce the article, its author, and the source in which the article appeared (in this case, the book or scholarly journal) and then briefly summarize the article in no more than 2-3 sentencesThe introduction should also preview the elements of the article you will discuss in depth and end with your thesis statement.  The thesis statement should indicate whether or not the author’s argument is logically flawed and why.

Body:

Each paragraph of the body should center on one of the supporting points for your thesis.

Body paragraphs should begin a topic sentence that clearly states the supporting point the paragraph is meant to talk about.  All of your paragraphs should contribute to proving the thesis, and your topic sentences should reflect that.  After the topic sentence, the rest of the paragraph should explain why and how you (as the reader) believe the paragraph’s main point to be true.  Any assertion must be backed up by evidence from the article itself or from outside sources.  Use MLA in-text citations for any information taken from a source.

Conclusion:

The conclusion should synthesize the analysis done in the body and should reveal how these elements work together to “prove” your thesis.  It can also demonstrate the importance/significance of what you have shown in the essay.

You may choose to focus on all or part of the article’s argument.  Areas to examine while assessing the article could include those examined in Rhetorical Essay 1 along with the the following, among other areas:

  • Logic
  • Validity
  • Inferences
  • Assumptions
  • Argument Types
  • Informal Fallacies

 

Your assessment should be based on the article and its author’s merits, NOT on whether you personally agree or disagree with the author’s standpoint.  

Your analysis must be approximately 3 pages long double spaced, not including the works cited page.  Include a works cited page for any sources cited, including your chosen article.  Include MLA format for your in-text citations and your works cited page.  Turn the assignment in using Blackboard.  Use the formatting guidelines listed in the syllabus.

This essay should incorporate quotes from the article to demonstrate the accuracy of your assertions and your thesis as a whole.  Avoid using quotes longer than 1-2 sentences though to leave room for adequate analysis.  If you have a quote longer than 2 sentences, paraphrase or summarize all or part of it instead.

Use and cite at least 3 outside sources to inform your position and demonstrate your assertions are accurate.

 

You may use any evidence, arguments, and thesis statements that we come up with in class.

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 10/01/2015 12:00 am
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