The Rhetoric of the Op-Ed Page: Ethos, Logos, and Pathos Developed by John R. Edlund Mrs. Curran Taken from CSU ERWC Binder B114/ Oxnard High School Reading Selections for this Module Braithwaite, Victoria. Hooked on a Myth: Do Fish Feel Pain? Los Angeles Times 8 Oct. 2006: M5. Print. Edlund, John R. Letters to the Editor in Response to A Change of Heart About Animals. 2003 Print.
Edlund, John R. Three Ways to Persuade. 2011. Print. Rifkin, Jeremy. A Change of Heart About Animals. Editorial. Los Angeles Times 1 Sept. 2003: B15. Print. Yong, Ed. Of Primates and Personhood: Will According Rights and Dignity to Nonhuman Organisms Halt Research? Seed. Seed Magazine, 12 Dec. 2008. Web. 24 Jul. 2012. TextThree Ways to Persuade Reading Rhetorically Prereading Activity 1: Getting Ready to Read Consider the title and the subheads in the
article Three Ways to Persuade by John R. Edlund. What is this article about? What do the three terms ethos, logos, and pathos mean? Now read the whole article, thinking briefly about the discussion questions at the end of each section. When you finish the article, engage in the option assigned by your teacher. Option 1: Quickwrite Think of something you tried to persuade a parent, teacher, or friend to do or believe. It
might have been to buy or pay for something, to change a due date or a grade, to change a rule or decision, to go somewhere, or some other issue. What kinds of arguments did you use? Did you use logic? Did you use evidence to support your request? Did you try to present your own character in a way that would make your case more believable? Did you try to engage the emotions of your audience? Write a short description of your efforts to persuade your audience in this case.
Activity 2: Exploring Key Concepts For each term, answer the following questions: What does this term mean to you? Should we use the Greek word, or is there an English word that means exactly the same thing? Look at the discussion questions for each section. Are Aristotles three terms relevant to your own writing? Term Ethos
Pathos Logos What it Means to You Okay, in case you are still confused, heres a video that cleared it up for me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHMQEggEG4k
Option 2: Skit In a small group, discuss the strategies your friends use when they are trying to borrow a car, go to a concert, buy new clothes, or achieve some other desired result. Pick a situation, and write a short skit showing those persuasive strategies in action. Each skit should employ logical, emotional, and ethical persuasion. Rehearse and perform your skit for the class. After you have completed the option assigned, discuss the following questions: Do people use Aristotles concepts of ethos, logos, and pathos every day without thinking about it? Can you think of some examples? Do these concepts apply to politics and advertising as well as person-toperson persuasion? Can you think of some examples? Are there other means of persuasion that Aristotle did not discuss?
Activity 3: Exploring the Concept of Persuasion The article is called Three Ways to Persuade. Aristotle says that the art of rhetoric is the art of finding the available means of persuasion. What does it mean to persuade someone? Is it the same as convince? In the dialogue called Gorgias, Plato has the famous sophist (or rhetorician) Gorgias define rhetoric as the art of persuasion in courts of law and other assemblies about the just and unjust. Plato then has Socrates ask Gorgias, Which sort of persuasion does rhetoric create in courts of law and other assemblies about the just and unjust, the sort of persuasion which gives belief without knowledge or that which gives knowledge?
Gorgias answers, Clearly, Socrates, that which only gives belief. This exchange leads to some important philosophical questions: What is the difference between knowledge and belief? One way of thinking about this is to take a current controversial event such as a murder, a scandal, a celebrity divorce, or other prominent news item and fill out a box with four quadrants labeled like this: In case you cant think of a topic What I know How I know it
What I believe Why I believe it Is proving different from persuading? Does proving lead to knowledge, while persuading leads to belief? How do we prove that something is true? Are there some notions that we believe strongly, even though we cant prove them? What is the difference between what is certain
and what is probable? If, as in a courtroom, the jury decides that something has been proved beyond a reasonable doubt, does that mean that it is certainly true or merely highly probable? Are we persuaded only by what is certain or sometimes by what is probable, in that it is likely to be true, or that most people would agree that it is true? In the dialogue mentioned above, Gorgias says that rhetoric is about the just and unjust. How would you distinguish a just action from an unjust action? (The word just here is
related to the word justice.) TextA Change of Heart About Animals Activity 4: Surveying the Text Look at the article A Change of Heart About Animals by Jeremy Rifkin. Think about the following questions: Where and when was this article published? Who wrote the article? Do you know anything about this writer? (Hint: Look at the end of the article.) How could you find out more? What is the subtitle of the article? What does
that tell you about what the article might say? The article was published on the editorial page. What does that mean? Activity 5: Making Predictions and Asking Questions (Rifkin) As you look at the text of A Change of Heart about Animals, answer and then discuss the following questions: What does it mean to have a change of heart? What are some common ideas or feelings people have about animals? What kinds of experiences might cause someone to change his or her ideas or feelings about animals? What are some groups of people who have strong feelings about how animals
are treated? What do you know about them? What do they usually believe? What is a vegetarian or a vegan? Do you know anyone who is a vegetarian? What does he or she think about eating animals? (Most students are familiar with these practices.) What do you know about the author? Do you think he might be a vegetarian? Read the first sentence of the article. It mentions breakthroughs in biotechnology and nanotechnology. Do you think this article is about those things? Why or why not? This article appeared in a newspaper. What does that mean about the audience? Is this an article for scientists? What do you think is the purpose of this article? Does the writer want readers to change their minds about something? Will the article be negative or positive in relation to the topic? Why?
What argument about the topic might it present? What makes you think so? Turn the title into a question (or questions) to answer after you have read the text. Activity 6: Understanding Key Vocabulary When you read A Change of Heart about Animals, you will need to know the following terms to understand the text: humane and inhumane cognitive genetically wired empathy Think about words that you know that sound similar to these words and may be related. For example, humane is related to human, and empathy is related to the Greek word
pathos in Three Ways to Persuade. Create a word tree based on the root of a word from the text or one listed above. Here is an example of a word tree for cognitive. Reading Activity 7: Reading for Understanding Now you are ready to read Jeremy Rifkins A Change of Heart about Animals. For the first time through, you should read to understand the text. Read as if you trust Rifkin, and focus on what he is trying to say. Try to see whether the predictions you have made about the text are true. Is the article about what you thought it would be about? Does Rifkin say what you thought he would say? When you have finished reading, answer the following questions:
Which predictions turned out to be true? What surprised you? What does Rifkin want readers to believe? What are some of the things people believe humans can do that animals cannot? How does Rifkin challenge those beliefs? What authorities does Rifkin use to support his case? What action does Rifkin want readers to take? How does Rifkin organize his essay? Is it an effective organization? Activity 8: Considering the Structure of the Text Now that you have read and discussed the content of the Rifkin essay, you are ready to begin analyzing its organizational structure. First,
divide the text into sections: Draw a line across the page where the introduction ends. Is the line after the first paragraph, or are there more introductory paragraphs? Divide the body of the essay into sections on the basis of the topics addressed. Draw a line where the conclusion begins. Is it the last paragraph, or does it begin before that? You are now ready to begin a process called descriptive outlining: Write brief statements describing the rhetorical function and content of each paragraph or section. What does each section do for the reader? What is the writer trying to accomplish?
What does each section say? What is the content? After making the descriptive outline, ask questions about the articles organizational structure: Which section is the most developed? Which section is the least developed? Does it need more development? Which section is the most persuasive? The least? From your work charting the text, what do you think is the essays main argument? Is it explicit, or is it implicit? Activity 9: Noticing Language Create a visual representation of your word, study its origin or history, and be prepared to share it (and its synonyms and antonyms) with the class. You might
choose to construct a tree, chart, or table from Activity 6. Activity 10: Annotating and Questioning the Text You should question the text in your second reading, reading against the grain and playing the disbelieving (or doubting) game. As you read, look for claims and assertions Rifkin makes. Does he back them up? Do you agree with them? As you read, do the following: Underline (with a double underline) or highlight in one color the thesis and major claims or assertions made in the article. Underline (with a single underline) or highlight in a second color the
evidence in support of the claims and assertions. Write your comments and questions in the margins. After reading the article again, answer the following questions: What is the thesis of Rifkins article? Does Rifkin make any claims that you disagree with? What are they? Do any claims lack support? Activity 11: Analyzing Stylistic ChoicesLoaded Words: Language That Puts a Slant on Reality Paragraph 4 of the article says Studies on pigs social behavior funded by McDonalds at Purdue
University, for example, have found that they crave affection and are easily depressed if isolated or denied playtime with each other. The lack of mental and physical stimuli can result in deterioration of health. The first sentence uses words associated with human behavior such as affection and playtime, while the second sentence uses formal scientific words such as stimuli and deterioration. What is the effect of this movement from emotional to scientific? Try rewriting the first sentence to make it sound more scientific. Paragraph 7 of the article says Researchers were stunned recently by findings (published in the journal Science) on the conceptual abilities of New Caledonian crows. Because
scientific experiments are carefully planned and controlled, scientists are rarely stunned by their results. What is the effect of using the word stunned here? What are some other words or phrases that might fit here that would sound more scientific? Try rewriting this sentence. Paragraph 10 of the article says An orangutan named Chantek who lives at the Atlanta Zoo used a mirror to groom his teeth and adjust his sunglasses. Groom is a word that has different meanings when applied to humans and animals. If animals groom
each other, it usually means that one cleans the others fur or searches the fur to remove fleas and other parasites. It is part of social bonding. If a human grooms a horse, it means combing and brushing the animal. What does groom mean when applied to humans? In what sense is the word used here? Rewrite the sentence using other language to make it more scientific. Activity 12: Questions About the Rifkin Article Answer the following questions about the Rifkin article: How would you describe the style of this article? Is it formal? Informal?
Academic? Scientific? Conversational? What is the effect of giving the names of most of the animals involved in the experiments but not the names of the scientists? Throughout most of the article, Rifkin refers to researchers and scientists. In paragraph 13, however, he directly quotes Stephen M. Siviy, whom he refers to as a behavioral scientist at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. What is the effect of this sudden specificity? What is the effect of all the rhetorical questions in paragraph 15, followed by such questions are being raised in the next paragraph? Postreading
Activity 13: Summarizing and Responding Summarizing the ideas of others accurately is a fundamental element of academic writing. Summarizing is a powerful metacognitive skill that enables readers and writers to synthesize a texts meaning. It integrates the results of previous reading processes students have engaged in and helps them further understand major ideas and the relationships among them. Some options summarizing the Rifkin article are the following: Use the annotations you made from the left margins and/or the descriptive outlining activity to construct a summary using your knowledge of the authors structure of the text. Work in groups to summarize a main part of the text. Then create with the entire class a coherent paragraph that summarizes all the main points of the text.
Responding gives you the opportunity to articulate your personal reactions to the text. Possible ways to respond to the text are the following: Revisit the reflections you made in the right margin when you annotated the text, and write a paragraph based on your experiences and opinions. Write open-ended questions that can be used as the basis for a class discussion Responding gives you the opportunity to articulate your personal reactions to the
text. Possible ways to respond to the text are the following: Revisit the reflections you made in the right margin when you annotated the text, and write a paragraph based on your experiences and opinions. Write open-ended questions that can be used as the basis for a class discussion Activity 14: Thinking Critically At this point, the concepts of ethos, logos, and pathos come back into play. From the analysis you have done so far, you should be well
prepared to analyze the logic and support of the arguments, the character and intentions of the author, and the emotional effects on the reader of the language used and the details provided. Questions about the Writer (Ethos) Who is Rifkin? If you have not done so already, do an Internet search to find out something about him. What is his profession? What does he usually write about? Does everybody agree with him? Do the facts you find about his life, his credentials, and his interests make him more credible to you? Less credible? Pick one of the studies Rifkin mentions, and try to find out more. Is Rifkins description of the study accurate?
Does Rifkin have the right background to speak with authority on this subject? What does the authors style and language tell you about him? Do you trust this author? Do you think this author is deceptive? Why or why not? Questions about Logic (Logos) Locate major claims and assertions you have identified in your previous analysis and ask yourself: Do I agree with Rifkins claim that ? Look at support for major claims and ask yourself: Is there any claim that appears to be
weak or unsupported? Which one and why? Can you think of counterarguments that the author does not deal with? Do you think Rifkin has left something out on purpose? Why or why not? Questions about Emotions (Pathos) Rifkin says that Germany is encouraging farmers to give pigs human contact and toys. Does this fact have an emotional impact on the reader? If so, what triggers it? What are some other passages that have an emotional effect?
Rifkin calls his essay A Change of Heart about Animals. Does this imply that the scientific discoveries he summarizes here should change how we feel about animals? Does this piece affect you emotionally? Which parts? Do you think Rifkin is trying to manipulate your emotions? How? Do your emotions conflict with your logical interpretation of the arguments? In what ways? TextHooked on a Myth: Do Fish Feel Pain? Prereading
Activity 15: Surveying the Text (Braithwaite) The following questions, applied to the Rifkin article above, are equally relevant here: Where and when was this article published? Who wrote the article? Do you know anything about this writer? (Hint: Look at the beginning of the article.) How could you find out more? Is this writer more or less credible than Jeremy Rifkin? What is title of the article? The subtitle? What do these words tell you about what the article might say? Can you make some predictions? Activity 16: Understanding Key Vocabulary Look at this list before reading the article. Because the article is written
for non-scientists, it defines many of these words in the text. nociceptors ( 3): nerve endings that detect damage and cause feelings of pain trigeminal nerve ( 3): the main nerve for the face in all vertebrates vertebrates ( 3): animals with a spine A-delta and C fibers ( 3): types of nociceptors noxious ( 5): harmful, poisonous or unpleasant adverse behavior ( 5): contrary, harmful or unfavorable mammalian ( 12): an adjective describing animals that have breasts and nurse their young amygdala ( 12): part of the brain associated with emotions
hippocampus ( 12): part of the brain associated with memories automata ( 13): a self-operating machine crustacean ( 17): an animal with an exoskeleton such as a crab, shrimp, or lobster Reading Activity 17: Reading for Understanding (Braithwaite) Before reading the Braithwaite article, discuss the following questions: Have you ever gone fishing? Did you catch a fish? What did the fish do? How did it behave? Did you eat it? What other experiences have you had with live fish? Do you have an aquarium at home? Have you been to a public aquarium? What did you
learn from these experiences? From your experiences, do you think that fish feel pain? Why or why not? Activity 18: Considering the Structure of the Text Descriptive Outline Do a descriptive outline of the Braithwaite text. Are we justified in treating fish differently from other animals? Activity 19: Analyzing Stylistic Choices Answer the following questions about the Braithwaite text:
What is the effect of the use of scientific terms in an article that is written for newspaper readers? Do these terms confuse the reader? Do they make the writer more credible? Do they help the reader understand the type of argument being made? Postreading Activity 20 Summarizing and RespondingQuickwrite Summarize the article in your own words, answering the following questions:
Why does Victoria Braithwaite think that we should treat fish more like the way we treat other animals, such as birds and mammals? Do you agree? Why or why not? TextOf Primates and Personhood: Will According Rights and Dignity to Nonhuman Organisms Halt Research? Reading Activity 21: Reading for Understanding Discuss the first part of the title, From Primates to Personhood. Have you ever seen gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos (which are sometimes called pygmy chimpanzees) or orangutans, all of which are considered to be great apes, at a zoo? In what ways are they like
humans? In what ways are they different? Most of us know people who treat their pets like people. What does this mean? What types of behavior characterize these pet owners? Do great apes deserve to be treated like people? Why or why not? Activity 22: Noticing LanguageVocabulary Below are lists of words and phrases from the Yong article that you might not know (or might be confused about), some that are related conceptually to the modules key concept, and some that are technical. 1. primates (title): apes and monkeys 2. primatologists ( 1): scientists who study primates. 3. schism ( 1): a split
4. great apes ( 1): humans, chimpanzees, bonobos (pygmy chimpanzees) and orangutans 5. unprecedented ( 1): without precedent; never happened before 6. domain ( 1): a territory one rules or controls 7. implement ( 3): put into effect 8. ventures ( 3): businesses or projects 9. captivity ( 3): a state of being held captive; to be captured or imprisoned 10. obligations ( 4): duties; requirements 11. compelling ( 4): compelling reasons are reasons that are so forceful and important that they cannot be ignored 12. salvo ( 6): a volley of gunfire; in this case, the gunfire is metaphorical and the
word refers to opening arguments or legal moves 13. traction ( 6): a tire with traction sticks to the road and can move forward; in this case the traction is political: people are buying the argument and making changes.8. 14. sanctuary ( 7): a safe place 15. inroads ( 8): advances into defended territory 16. invasive ( 8): something that invades across a boundary, such as a border, or the skin 17. rigorously ( 8): done with great care and precision 18. paragon ( 9): a person or thing that is a perfect example of something, or a high point in excellence 19. unaligned ( 9): independent, not part of a group or
faction 20. dignity ( 9): a state of respect and status 21. interventions ( 9): literally to come between; acts by an outsider that interfere or change an ongoing process or relationship 22. humiliation ( 9): from humility, the state of being humble; to reduce the dignity of an individual 23. disproportionately ( 9): out of proportion; unequal or unfair 24. instrumentalized ( 9): made into a tool or object 25. decapitation ( 10): behead; cut off the head
26. impermissible ( 10): not permitted or allowed 27. preliminary ( 10): at the beginning; before the actual start 28. macaques ( 11): a type of monkey 29. advisory ( 11): giving advice, not orders 30.clinical ( 11): related to medical practice 31. termination ( 12): ending 32. enamored ( 13): in love with 33. obligation ( 14): duty; required action Activity 23: Analyzing Stylistic ChoicesRepresenting Relationships and
Positions Words and phrases can be used to position ideas in relationship to each other. These distinctions might be according to time, location, degree, or other types of differences. In your group, for each phrase below, discuss how the language positions the ideas that follow it in relation to other ideas. At the forefront of the battle ( 2) Other countries have taken steps ( 3) Not everyone is comfortable ( 4) Speaking personally ( 5) In the US, there is greater resistance ( 8)
Weaker than its Spanish counterpart, the bill ( 8) In the EU [European Union], renowned chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall has called ( 9) A discussion paper defines ( 10) In the US, Edwin McConkey, a biologist agrees that ( 12) One kind of primate experiment seems to be safe ( 13) Postreading Activity 24: Summarizing and RespondingQuickwrite Summarize the Yong article in your own words, answering the following questions: What is the event or events related to animal rights that
motivate Ed Yong to write this article? What questions does Yong raise about this issue? What positions do people take on these questions? Activity 25: Thinking CriticallyDefining Personhood In paragraph 7, Yong discusses the case of Hiasl (pronounced Hee- sel), a former research chimpanzee who is going to be homeless because his sanctuary is going bankrupt. It is clear from the article that Hiasls fate depends on how we define person. Can Hiasl be declared a person with rights? Answer the following questions: 1. What exactly is Hiasl? 2. What qualities does Hiasl have that would make us call him a person?
What qualities does he have that would make us call him something else? (You might want to make a chart.) 3. Is Hiasl a person? 4. What should we do about Hiasl? 5. Does Hiasls plight have potential as an appeal to pathos? 6. Does Yong use it for this purpose? 7. Is Yong entirely objective? Activity 26: Reflecting on Your Reading Process Answer the following questions: What problems did you have reading these texts?
What strategies helped you overcome these problems? Do you think these strategies will work with other readings? Connecting Reading to Writing Discovering What You Think Activity 27: Considering the Writing TaskLetter to the Editor A common way to respond to an editorial is to write a letter to the editor. Now that you have worked extensively with this text, you are ready to write a well-informed response to Rifkins or Braithwaites ideas.
Some points to note before writing your letter to the editor follow: A good letter to the editor is focused and concise. It should make your point, but no words should be wasted. It is sometimes best to write a longer draft and then cut out everything that is not essential. Newspaper editors often cut letters to fit the available space or to make a letter more focused. If your letter is published unedited, you are very lucky. Some letters respond to the thesis of the editorial, either in support or disagreement, and provide further arguments or further evidence. Other letters focus on one point made by the original author and support it, question it, or refute it.
These days, most letters are emailed to the newspaper. To get a letter published in a major newspaper, you must write it quickly and send it within a day or two of the publication date of the editorial to which you are responding. If the newspaper wants to publish your letter, you will normally receive a call or an email to get permission and to verify that you really are who you say you are. Newspapers are interested in a wide range of viewpoints from diverse citizens. If your letter is a good expression of a particular viewpoint, brings up new information or arguments, or has some particularly good phrases, it has a
good chance of being published. Choose one of the Letter-to-the-Editor assignments below. Response to Rifkin After thinking about your reading, discussion, and analysis of Rifkins article and the letters in response to it, what do you personally think about Rifkins point? Do you think it is true, as Rifkin says, that many of our fellow creatures are more like us than we had ever imagined? Do you
think we need to change the way we treat the animals around us? Or do you think Rifkin is wrong? Write a letter expressing your viewpoint to the editor of the newspaper. Response to Braithwaite Victoria Braithwaite argues that fish have nervous systems that are similar to humans and are very likely to feel pain the way we do. She says, We should adopt a precautionary ethical approach and assume that in the absence of evidence to the contrary, fish suffer. She also says, Of course, this doesnt mean that we
necessarily must change our behavior. One could reasonably adopt a utilitarian cost-benefit approach and argue that the benefits of sportfishing, both financial and recreational, may outweigh the ethical costs of the likely suffering of fish. Should we ban the use of barbed hooks? Should we change our fishing practices because fish might suffer? Or is Braithwaite making a big deal out of nothing? Write a letter expressing your viewpoint to the editor of the newspaper. Activity 28: Considering the Writing Task Essay Assignment An organization called the Animal Legal Defense
Fund has sponsored a petition that calls for increased protection for the rights of animals. It says the following: Deprived of legal protection, animals are defenseless against exploitation and abuse by humans. Through the Animal Bill of Rights, the Animal Legal Defense Fund is working to show Congress a groundswell of support for legislation that protects animals and recognizes that, like all sentient beings, animals are entitled to basic legal rights in our society.
The petition calls for the right of all animals to be free from exploitation, cruelty, neglect, and abuse and enumerates further rights for laboratory animals, farm animals, companion animals, and wildlife. Do you think animals need a Bill of Rights? Would such a law go against centuries of human culture? Would it increase the cost of food? Would it hinder medical research? Would it cause other problems? Write a well-organized essay explaining the extent to which you agree or disagree with the idea of creating a Bill of Rights for animals. Develop your points by giving reasons, examples, or both from your own
experience, observations, and reading. Note: The entire petition can be seen at http://org2. democracyinaction.org/o/5154/p/dia/action/public/? action_KEY=5078 Activity 29: Taking a StanceLetter to the Editor Before you write your own letter in response to Rifkin, look at the two sample letters to the editor written in response to A Change of Heart about Animals. Then discuss the following questions:
Bob Stevens disagrees with Rifkin and makes several points. Does Stevens refute Rifkins arguments? In his first paragraph, Stevens argues that because a predator (such as a hawk) does not feel empathy for its prey, humans do not need to feel empathy for the animals they eat and that such feelings would be unnatural. Do you agree? Stevens notes that some animals can mimic human speech but argues that they
do not understand what they are saying. What would Rifkin say to this? Is it true, as Stevens argues, that Rifkin wants animals to have more rights than humans? Lois Frazier says that pet owners know that animals have feelings and abilities not too different from humans. Do some pet owners treat their pets like people? Is this a good move? Why or why not? Frazier argues that Rifkin needs to take his argument further and promote a
vegetarian lifestyle with no animal products. Is this a reasonable conclusion to draw from Rifkins arguments? Do you agree with her? Activity 30: Taking a Stance (Animal Bill of Rights) After reading and discussing the essay assignment, review your collected notes and annotations to see how they are relevant to the prompt. Then answer the following questions: Would Rifkin agree with the supporters of the Animal Bill of Rights? Do you agree? Would Braithwaite agree? Do you agree with her? If you agree with the authors of the readings, do you agree completely? (We are often
tempted to say, I totally agree with when in fact, we dont agree totally. We agree with some points but not others.) What would be the consequences of the position you take? Sometimes we find that while we find an abstract philosophical position attractive, we are unwilling to accept the practical consequences of the position. For example, what if the Animal Bill of Rights meant that you couldnt eat meat anymore? What if it made fishing illegal? What if it told you how to take care of your dog? Can you state your position in a sentence or two? Activity 31: Trying on Words, Perspectives, and Ideas One way to practice looking at the situation from
multiple perspectives is to engage in an activity in which different personas are adopted. First, adopt a persona or perspective based on criteria from your teacher. The perspectives could be based on the writers of the articles you have been reading or sources quoted in them, but they could also be based on other people you know or know of, such as a teacher, the school principal, the President of the United States, or even a movie actor or a rock star. Then, answer the following questions based on the issues raised by the articles you have been reading.
These could be policy questions: (What should we do about ?) or value questions (Is good or bad?). Your task is to think, What would say about this? How would answer this
question? Activity 32: Gathering Evidence to Support Your Claims What are you going to quote or paraphrase from the article or articles you read? What do you want to say in response? What information do you need to support your claims? Where are you going to find it? (This may involve Internet searches. If so, what search terms will you use?) How closely does this piece of evidence relate to
the claim it is supposed to support? Is this piece of evidence a fact or an opinion? Is it an example? If this evidence is a fact, what kind of fact is it (statistic, experimental result, quotation)? If it is an opinion, what makes the opinion credible? What makes this evidence persuasive? How well will the evidence suit the audience and the rhetorical purpose of the piece?
Activity 33: Quote, Paraphrase, and Respond Choose three passages from the article you might be able to use in a letter or an essay. You may want to choose passages you strongly agree or disagree with. First, write each passage down as a correctly punctuated direct quotation. Second, paraphrase the material in your own words. What does the author mean by this? Third, respond to the idea expressed in the passage by agreeing or disagreeing with it and explaining why. Activity 34: Getting Ready to Write
At this point you should have a good idea what your stance toward the issue is and how you are going to support it. However, before you actually put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard, you may want to try some of the following steps: Organize your notes and other materials in the order you think you will use them. Create a rough outline of your main points. (This is usually a good idea if you are going to do a timed writing, but it also can keep you on track as you write a
longer piece.) Write down a statement of your position and share it with a classmate or family member. Listen to his or her response. (Examples: No matter what Jeremy Rifkin says, humans are different from animals, or Current laws for the protection of animals from cruelty are adequate.) Writing Rhetorically
Entering the Conversation Activity 35: Composing a Draft Think about your audience. For a letter to the editor, your audience is not only the editor of the newspaper or Web site, but also the readers. For an essay about the Animal Bill of Rights, your audience is probably people who might consider signing the petition and ultimately might vote for or against it. However, in composing a first draft, your primary concern is to get your ideas down on paper and develop them. In a first draft, you can explore ideas and take risks. The first draft is sometimes called a writer-based draft because it is really for you, although thinking about your audience often helps you think of what to say. Later, you will revise it for your audience and proofread it. Even though you have read articles, researched facts, and engaged in discussions with your classmates and are well on your way to becoming an
expert on this issue, you may actually discover some of your best ideas while writing your first draft. So go for it! Activity 36: Considering Structure Choose the appropriate model below for the type of text you are producing. Ask yourself, does your organizational pattern fit the structure? Can it be made clearer or more effective? Letter to the Editor As noted above, some letters respond to the thesis of the editorial, either in support or
disagreement, and provide further arguments or further evidence. Other letters focus on one point made by the original author and support it, question it, or refute it. A letter to the editor will probably have a beginning, middle, and end structure something like this: Introduction In [Title of Op-Ed Piece], [Writer of Op-Ed Piece] says [Quote or Paraphrase from Op-Ed]. This is then followed by your own position statement. You may want to also indicate what role or experience you have in the matter
as a way of establishing ethos. Middle The middle paragraph (or paragraphs) presents arguments in favor of your position. It may cite and respond to ideas from the original piece. Be concise! Conclusion The conclusion may make a strong final point or advocate a course of action for the reader. Essay Here are some questions that may be helpful in thinking
about the effectiveness of your organization: Introduction Is it clear what your essay is about? Do your readers think this is an important topic? Have you caught their interest? Do your readers have enough background information to know why you are writing about this issue now? Is it clear what your main point or claim about the Animal Bill of Rights will be? (Remember that you do not have to be totally for or against the Animal Bill of Rights. You might take a more nuanced position.)
Body Is each point related in some way to the topic? Are there any paragraphs that could be divided and developed further? Do your points connect together? Are they presented in an order that is persuasive? Have you discussed and countered the main points that a reader might raise against your position? Do you have evidence for each point you want to make?
Conclusion Is your stance toward this issue clear? What action should your reader take about the Animal Bill of Rights? What will happen if your reader ignores this issue? Activity 37: Using the Words of Others Using the information provided by your teacher, read your text looking for places
where you have used the words and ideas of others. Have you punctuated quotations correctly? Are your paraphrases accurate and well integrated into the text? Have you documented your citations properly in the text? Finally, prepare the Works Cited page. Activity 38: Negotiating Voices After reading the material above, re-read your paper thinking about how the different voices in your paper relate to each other. Are the
relationships clear for the reader? What could you do to improve? One way of seeing the relationships more clearly is to mark a printout of the text with different colored highlighters. Use one color for your ideas and another for each other voice in the paper. Then look at the transitions between the voices. Is it clear who is saying what? Are the relationships between the ideas clear? Does one voice dominate the piece more than others?
Activity 38: Negotiating Voices After reading the material above, re-read your paper thinking about how the different voices in your paper relate to each other. Are the relationships clear for the reader? What could you do to improve? One way of seeing the relationships more clearly is to mark a printout of the text with different colored highlighters. Use one color for your ideas and another for each other voice in the paper. Then look at the transitions between the voices. Is it clear who is saying
what? Are the relationships between the ideas clear? Does one voice dominate the piece more than others? Revising and Editing Activity 39: Revising Rhetorically At this point, we will apply critical thinking questions based on ethos, logos, and pathos similar to the ones you applied to the Rifkin article in Activity 14. Ethos What kind of ethos have you created for yourself in this text? Are you knowledgeable and rational? Are
you passionate? Are you formal or informal? Are you sarcastic? Are there any words or sentences that conflict with the image of yourself that you have created in the text? Logos What are your major claims? Do you have sufficient arguments and evidence to support these claims? Have you left any facts or issues out because they contradicted your claims?
Will your reader see the gap, and figure this out? Pathos Have you included any stories, images, or observations that will affect your readers emotions? Do these emotional appeals work together with your logical arguments? Do you think that your use of emotions is an unfair manipulation of the reader? (This is a judgment call. For example,
exaggerating risk to make your reader feel unreasonably afraid is probably manipulation. Reminding people of actual or probable events that would normally cause strong emotions is probably a legitimate emotional appeal.) Activity 40: Considering Stylistic Choices As you read through your draft, note any places where you remember struggling to find the right word. What other words did you consider? What features of the words
did you consider? What effect do you think the different possible choices would have on readers? Why did you end up choosing the word that you did? Is there a better word? Activity 40: Considering Stylistic Choices As you read through your draft, note any places where you remember struggling to find the right word. What other words did you consider? What features of the words did you consider? What effect do you
think the different possible choices would have on readers? Why did you end up choosing the word that you did? Is there a better word? Activity 41: Editing the Draft Once you are satisfied with the tone and content of your letter, you should proofread it for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. The following guidelines will help you edit your draft: Editing Guidelines for Individual Work If possible, set your essay aside for 24 hours before rereading it to find errors.
Read your essay aloud so you can hear errors and any rough spots. At this point, focus on individual words and sentences rather than on overall meaning. Take a sheet of paper and cover everything except the line you are reading. Then touch your pencil to each word as you read. With the help of your teacher, figure out your own pattern of errorsthe most serious and frequent errors you make. Look for only one type of error at a time. Then go back and look for a second type
and, if necessary, a third. Use the dictionary to check spelling and to confirm that you have chosen the right word for the context. Use the following scoring guide to evaluate your final product. Scoring Guide for Letters to the Editor Categories Focus Word choice, including the use of text from the article
Argument and support, including the use of logical, emotional, and/or ethical appeals Grammar and mechanics Scoring Score of 4Superior The letter is tightly focused on the issue or issues raised in the editorial, article, or opinion piece to which it responds. The letter uses words effectively and efficiently and quotes key words and phrases from the article.
The letter makes a clear point or points and provides convincing support for those points, including logical, emotional, and/or ethical appeals. There are no grammatical or mechanical errors. Score of 3Good The letter focuses on an issue or issues raised in the editorial, article, or opinion piece to which it responds. The letter uses words accurately and effectively. The letter makes a clear point or points
and provides support for those points. Grammatical or mechanical errors, if present, are minor. Score of 2Fair The letter discusses an issue or issues raised in the editorial, article, or opinion piece to which it responds but may be unclear or vague as to its focus. The letter is sometimes repetitive or vague in language. The letter does not make a clear point or
does not provide support for its points. Grammatical or mechanical errors inhibit communication. Score of 1Poor The letter fails to clearly address an issue raised in the article. The letter is vague, repetitive, or confusing. The letter fails to make a clear point. Grammatical and mechanical errors confuse and distract the reader.
Activity 42: Responding to Feedback What are the main concerns readers had in reading your draft? Do all of the readers agree? What global changes should you consider? (thesis, arguments, evidence, organization) What do you need to add? What do you need to delete? What sentence-level and stylistic problems do you need to correct? What kinds of grammatical and usage errors do you have?
How can you correct them? Activity 43: Reflecting on Your Writing Process You may want to direct reflection by asking some of the following questions: What have you learned about your writing process? What were some of the most important decisions you made as you wrote this text? How did writing about your writing influence the way you developed your text? In what ways have you become a better writer?
Congratulations! We finished our second module of the year. Now, onto number three