Learning Goal: I’m working on a english writing question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.In this unit, you are working on listening to texts and understanding what they are saying and how they are saying it. A key part of understanding what a source is saying is identifying the author’s major argument and how the author backs up that argument. This assignment asks us to practice reading rhetorically by analyzing a source’s appeals to logos, drawing connections between a text’s thesis or claim, and the reasons and evidence provided to support that claim. Identifying and understanding an author’s rhetorical approach to reasoning allows you to be a more engaged and critical reader, a skill you need for this unit and in your life more generally. In other words, you can use these skills to do well in Unit 2, and you can use them in other classes or situations. Step 1: For this assignment, you should first read “What’s the Claim?” on pages 303-307 and “Logical Appeals” on pages 314-320 in our textbook.Step 2: Choose one of these two texts for this assignment. Read over it. Which English You Speak Has Nothing to Do With How Smart You Are (Links to an external site.), from Slate
It’s Time for Miami to Embrace Bilingualism (Links to an external site.), from Diario las Americas and reprinted in FIU News
Step 3:Answer these questionsIdentify the article’s claim, or guiding thesis, in 1-2 sentences.This is the overall argument or point behind the text.
To properly cite the author, include their full name in your response. (For example, “Alex Robinson’s claim is…”)
This might be a 1-2 sentence summary in your own words, or you might identify a sentence in the source you want to quote as its claim. If you quote from the source, make sure to indicate that properly by using quotation marks.
List any reasons the author included to support their claim.Note, reasons are not the individual examples, evidence, statistics, etc. Instead, they are usually the major subsections of the text that support the main idea. Generally, an author will spend a chunk of their text defending a reason, and they will defend that reason with examples, evidence and statistics. There are likely to be several reasons included in the text.
For example, if I claim that FIU is the best university and write an entire essay on it, that’s my claim. The reasons would be the subsections of the essay that go over my main reasons for saying it’s the best university.
For each reason, include the evidence that is provided that help illustrate the point.Now that you’ve identified the main reasons the author gives, look at one of these reasons more closely. Then explain the kinds of evidence that the writer provides to back up the claims.
Everyone’s an Author pages 314-319 explains how evidence may take the form of: facts and statistics, surveys and questionnaires, observations, interviews, testimony, experiments, personal experience, charts and images, etc.
Reflect on whether or not you thought the argument you just analyzed was well-supported.Did the author make a clear claim? Did they have good reasons? Were those reasons supported by evidence? (Don’t be afraid to critique the article.) What could be better about the way the author structured the argument?
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