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Persuasion: MONSTERS–The Assignment Essays which do not fulfill the requirements of the assignment will not earn passing grades.  Essays do not fulfill the

Persuasion: MONSTERS–The Assignment

Essays which do not fulfill the requirements of the assignment will not earn passing grades. 

Essays do not fulfill the requirements of the assignment if they:

  • Are incorrectly formatted,
  • Are short of the minimum word count
  • Are not taking a clear position and trying to persuade the target audience to that position
  • Do not have a separate target audience statement explaining who the audience is and how the author attempted to appeal to it.
  • Do not discuss the topic required in the assignment write up
  • Do not include the required outside sources
  • Do not use supporting examples and at least make an attempt at citing them correctly
  • Do not include Work Cited Page

Persuasive Argument:In this essay, you will be using your understanding of ethos, pathos, and logos to persuade your target audience to agree with your position.This assignment requires a minimum of 3 sources. These sources can include interviews with sources but you must establish the source’s ethos. This essay should be a minimum of 750–not including heading, title or Work Cited.

For Face to Face courses only, please attach a copy of the rubric to your hard copy of your final essayThis essay should conform to the expectations of academic writing including:

  • The use of formal standard American academic prose (which we discussed in “Essay Basics”
  • Being typed, with 12 pt font, in Times New Roman, 1-inch margins, double spaced, without the extra spaces between the paragraphs, and with the appropriate heading (Template attached)
  • Having an interesting and appropriate title.
  • Having a formal argumentative thesis statement
  • Having Fully developed paragraphs including an introduction and a conclusion.

IN THE ESSAY YOU SHOULD:

  • Choose a “monster” which is considered by some to be fictitious or supernatural, but that others believe in.
  • Take a position:  does it exist or not.
  • Declare an audience: try convincing your opposition
    • Include a separate page (not included in page count) specifically stating your intended audience.
  • Establish an intended audience, and invoke this audience (indirectly) in your essay.
  • Use your knowledge of your audience (bias, values, etc.) as well as your understanding of ethos, pathos, and logos to persuade your audience to believe your position.

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