Objectives: Evaluate an argumentative essay. Instructions: Choose an argumenta
Objectives: Evaluate an argumentative essay. Instructions: Choose an argumentative essay to evaluate. Then, complete Critical Thinking and Writing Activity #3 at the end of Chapter 17. Make sure you identify the periodical piece you chose and fully answer the questions in the activity. Next, complete a written evaluation of your chosen argumentative essay. Your essay should be 500-700 words long. Assignment Submission: Use of sources is required; all papers must be cited and written in APA format. Once you have completed the assignment, click the Submit Assignment option in the menu to the right and select a format for submitting your assignment. Click the Submit Assignment button when you are ready. Detailed Instructions: Public Texts: Editorials in periodicals are often brief arguments. Find, read, and analyze an editorial on an issue that interests you: a. What approach does the editorial take--Toulmin, Rogerian, or something else? b. How does the editorial present and address opposing points of view? c. In what ways does the article appeal to ethos? How does it build credibility? d. In its appeals to pathos, does the editorial connect with needs and values? e. What is the editorial's main claim? Is it a claim or truth, value, or policy? f. What arguments does the editorial offer to support that claim? Is the reasoning logical? Are the warrants behind the reasoning sound? g. What types of evidence does the writer provide to support his or her reasoning? Is the evidence valid, sufficient, current, and accurate? h. How would you categorize the overall success or failure of this argument? When answering these questions in paragraph form, I suggest grouping similar questions together and then answering them in complete sentences. Group the first two answers together for the first paragraph. What approach does the editorial take—Toulmin, Rogerian, something else? How does the editorial present and address opposing points of view? Group the third and fourth answers together for the second paragraph since they discuss logos, ethos, and pathos. In what ways does the editorial appeal to ethos? How does it build credibility? In its appeals to pathos, does the editorial connect with needs and values? Group the fifth and sixth, and seventh answers together for the third paragraph since they're both about logic and evidence. What is the editorial’s main claim? Is it a claim of truth, value, or policy? What arguments does the editorial offer to support that claim? Is the reasoning logical? Are the warrants behind the reasoning sound? What types of evidence does the writer provide to support his or her reasoning? Is the evidence valid, sufficient, current, and accurate? The last question can be its own paragraph. How would you characterize the overall success or failure of this argument?

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