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ENG 101 University of Idaho The NewYork Times Essay Argument Preparatory

ENG 101 University of Idaho The NewYork Times Essay Argument Preparatory

Question Description

Can you help me understand this English question?

Choose one of the following articles to complete four part assignment:

You should complete each part in order, and submit them as one Microsoft Word document when you are finished.

Part I: Reading Rhetorically

Read the article that you’ve chosen to respond to for Essay 3 once through fairly quickly for general meaning. Then do the following activities in a Microsoft Word document:

    Answer the following questions:
    1. Who wrote this text? When and in what publication did it appear?
    2. Who is the audience for this text?
    3. What is this text about?
    For each paragraph of the article, write down two “gist” statements: what the paragraph DOES and what it SAYS.
    Answer the following questions:
    1. What is the author’s purpose in writing this argument? What does he/she want the audience to think, believe, or do differently as a result of reading this?
    2. What is the main claim of the text?
    3. What reasons does the author provide to support the main claim?
    4. What support does the author provide for the main claim? (examples, statistics, analogies, etc.)
    5. How does the author attempt to appeal to the audience’s emotions as a persuasive device?
    6. How does the author use his/her credibility or character as a persuasive device?

Part II: Believing and Doubting Game

  1. Using the article you plan to respond to for Essay 3, write one paragraph (around 150 words) in which you actively “believe” the author of your article.
  2. Then write another paragraph in which you “doubt” the author of your article.

Part III: Writing an Effective Summary

  1. Based on your close analysis from Part I: Reading Rhetorically, write a 200-250-word neutral summary of the article, one that is fair to the original author. This summary should be a substantial paragraph that first introduces the author, the title of the article, and the author’s thesis. Next, present what the author used as support for the thesis and any concessions. Remember to keep your opinion out of this step. A good summary is neutral.

Part IV: Generating a Strong Response

This activity is designed to help you come up with a good, coherent argument in response to the article you chose as the basis for Essay 3.

  1. Reread the essay that you’re using as the basis for Essay 3. Also look back over your what you wrote for the previous sections (Parts I-III).
  2. Answer ALL of the following questions as thoroughly as you can. This will help stimulate your thinking and generate some possible responses to the argument.
    1. Where do I agree with this author?
    2. What new insights has this text given me?
    3. Where do I disagree with this author?
    4. What points has the author overlooked or omitted?
    5. What new questions or problems has the text raised?
    6. What are the limitations or consequences of this text?
  3. Which of the above questions most interests you, or generated the best response? (This will probably be the one that you develop into a full response.)