Over the past several weeks, we have learned how to read and analyze arguments using the rhetorical situation, the classic structure of the Four Pillars of Argument. and by identifying the appeals of ethos, pathos and logos, as well as identifying fallacies of logic.
We turn now to use these skills to research, analyze, and to structure our own argument. We will use the rhetorical situation to determine our audience and to determine how best to appeal and persuade them, while avoiding fallacies that would undermine our logic and therefore, our ethos.
This Unit will determine the topic upon which you will focus the rest of the semester, thus it is important to choose a topic that will engage your attention for some time.
This unit will:
1. introduce us to the overall process of writing a researched argument. We will choose interesting topics suggested by our public discourse and our readings from Writing Memphis.
2. introduce us to research via the library database, as well as help us analyze our database articles using the rhetorical analysis process as we begin to shape our own argument.
3. be used to conduct the majority of our secondary research. Each student will meet with the instructor for help on research issues.
4. help us focus on analyzing research and shaping our thesis as we begin drafting.
Please remember that reading instructions carefully will be important to meet weekly deadlines. Do not hesitate to ask for assistance as it becomes necessary.