When registering for this class, a wave of worry ran through me, because I had minimal skill when it came to writing, particularly in the field of formal writing. The high school I attended was academically poor, we never wrote formal papers, just informal book and movie responses. Therefore I was apprehensive about this class. This course was quite intricate, but I attend skills that will aid me for the rest of my academic career. Rhetorical knowledge, critical inquiry, process, and conventions are all concepts I have acquired. To display my understanding of the four-course outcomes, I selected my summary and rhetorical analysis of Bruno Bettelheim's "Fairy Tales and the Existential Predicament," and my in-class writing "Seattle Versus the …show more content…
Rhetorical knowledge is the ability to analyze and act on an understanding of audience, purpose, and context in creating comprehensive texts. For example, my rhetorical analysis of formal and well-organized whereas my in-class writing "Seattle Versus the Homeless" contains a less formal tone and is a bit disorder because it was an informal assignment. This shows an understanding of rhetorical knowledge because I understand when and when not to write formally. One part of rhetorical analysis the understanding of the author's claims and how they build on it. An essay where I manifest this is in my rhetorical analysis of Bettelheim's "Fairy Tales and the Existential Predicament," in which I point out Bettelheim's claims and how he gets his point across to the reader. For instance, in my first paragraph, I point out Bettelheim’s claims and his tactics for convicting them to the reader "Bettelheim incorporates pathos (emotional appeal), logos (logic), personal appeal, and prior knowledge into his writing to engage his reader." Furthermore, I describe the methods that are used by Bettelheim to simplify some of the claims so his readers could comprehend. In the first few drafts I had a hard time catching sight of the techniques Bettelheim used to convey his claims, but now I can read a passage and recognize the writer's claims and comprehend the techniques he or she uses to convey the message …show more content…
Critical inquiry is the process of gathering and evaluating information, ideas, and assumptions from multiple perspectives to produce well-reasoned analysis and understanding that leads to new ideas, applications and questions. Critical inquiry is more than what is listed above, it is also possessing the ability to assess pieces of writing and use them within your own writing. I think the best example of my writing that supports this is my in-class writing “Seattle Versus the Homeless.” All over the essay, I included poll numbers from various sources, and statements from credible sources, like the mayor of Seattle. This was something I found a bit challenging because it was difficult finding unbiased and trustworthy polls and statements. Before I would just throw in numbers and statements without setting the context and I would often end the paragraph without an acceptable amount of discussion. I also did not know how to state the evidence while giving credit where its due. In my current draft of “Seattle Versus the Homeless”, i use words such as “according to,” and “based off of,” and give credit where it is do. I still have a lot of room to grow in this topic, but I have certainly improved since the beginning of this quarter. In This in-class essay, we had to find a news topic that was interesting to us and write about it. The first page was suppose to be in the third person,
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The point of these oral presentations was analyze how the authors of the texts presented their persuasive arguments. The goal of my group in particular was to read the text carefully, more than once, and break down techniques that the author uses to make himself more credible, logical, and emotionally connected to the reader. My partners and I looked for patterns in the author’s writing style and tried to understand why he chose the words he used. In, What You Eat Is Your Business by, Radley Balko, it is evident that Balko uses humor and rhetorical questions to make his point that literally what you eat should be your own business.
Chapter 18 of Everyone’s An Author explained to the readers that it’s extremely important for us to use strategies for supporting our argument. Also, the strategies for supporting our argument helps us as a student with much of the writing we do in college because it serves us as useful tools for generating ideas. In order to do so, we should use example, description, humor, and classification as the convincing evidence to support our argument.
Grasping the many rhetorical modes Reading through this article on the rhetorical modes admittedly helped simplify the different rhetorical forms that can be used for writing in aspects of life and not just school work. As I read through the articles I began to feel more comfortable with the diverse forms of writing therefore, knowing these vast forms of writing, will not only help to better understand what the author is trying to say in any given writing, but, also help with confidently know which direction to take when composing my own literary work. Like the handout states, these different rhetorical forms of writing are, simply put, descriptions of a way to put information together so that it can be effortlessly understood by the conveyed
It showcases the author’s emotions, individuality and purpose. So when I write and when I read, I pay close attention to style. A good piece of writing and a great piece of writing could be separated by one thing- stylistic choices. In my writing I use repetition quite often, and if utilized correctly, it can have a powerful effect on the reader. It can draw the reader into the text.
The University of Alabama’s graduate program in Composition and Rhetoric would allow me to reach my goals in becoming an English teacher within the community college system. As a non-traditional student my journey to higher education started at a community college. I quickly noticed that where college students in that system struggled the most was when it came to their skills in writing. The students lacked any direction or foundation on how to write properly and effectively. Because of this deficit in their skill set
Immediately after reading the title, the reader almost automatically can identify my position on the topic and further becomes clear on what my stance will be in the essay. In fact, it introduces the audience to be in the state of mind that promotes the solution of homelessness being a joint responsibility. By doing so, I am automatically inferring them to think in that direction, before they have even read the first line of the text. In addition, this method then creates a purposeful bias toward that argument within my paper, but also enforces what I am trying to communicate throughout the whole text: Homeless is not an issue that can be solved by only the homeless, but it needs to be taken on by all of society in order to be
Homelessness, while widely acknowledged, continues to be an ever-prevalent issue within society. This urged me to take action. In order to compromise an accurate, precise claim, I needed to heavily research and analyze the various aspects of this issue -- specifically regarding the causes of homelessness, addressing the stereotypes and stigmas surrounding it, and by finding solutions at a personal, local, and national level. Initially, I intended to include pathos as a primary theme throughout my sources, but I eventually found logos as a more prevalent, more central theme that appeared throughout each source. Presented primarily through statistics, logos stands as the central theme.
In his 2011 essay “How to Read Like a Writer,” author Mike Bunn provides useful tips and tools for college students, in the hopes that they will be better prepared to tackle the various kinds of essays and writing assignments that will be given to them throughout their college careers. Calling back to 1997 and his time spent as a college graduate working at the Palace Theater in London, Bunn introduces how he stumbled upon the titular technique through an anecdote about his time spent as a Red Coat on West End. One of the key things Bunn points out in this recollection is his realization that “all writing consists of a series of choices” (Bunn 72), which leads him down a path of discovering intricacies about the relation between reading and
One of these sources includes, “the University of Washington professor Gregg Colburn,” and, “the data scientist Clayton Page Aldern” (Demsas 2022). By including this source in her essay, Demsas can support her argument and make it more credible by showing that she has done her homework to provide reliable facts and statistics. Demsas proves that she is trustworthy and credible and shows her knowledge of the topic in her writing. Demsas, an authoritative and knowledgeable writer, is respected by managers from several different writing companies and has written over 20 different stories for several companies, including, “The Obvious Answer to Homelessness.” The author’s tone is knowledgeable, trusting, and optimistic, persuading her audience that housing scarcity has caused homelessness.
Rabinson Shrestha Professor Kashmar ENG 1301 September 25, 2016 Homeless on Campus In the article Homeless on Campus, author Eleanor J. Bader explains how hard the life of a homeless college student is and argues how the colleges are not doing enough to help those homeless students. She gives examples of various homeless college students to support her argument. She also gives examples on how we as an individual or as a group can help those students in need. Bader starts her article by talking about Aesha, a 20-year old student and a mother of a child.
Thesis: These homeless issues for America the motivation people ended up homeless from claiming consciousness also bring associations for the system with assistance them a shelter, house, and an occupation. First, the situation that influence to homelessness, second, the way in which homelessness has the ability to touch all races or ethnicity, and third, people could work help to end the homelessness in America by a volunteer themselves.
In this portfolio, I have included my collection of assignments to showcase my writing abilities and how my writing skills have grown over the course of this semester. My best assignment is the Discipline Investigation and my second best is the Rhetorical Analysis. Although the RA was my second best assignment, I was able to learn valuable skills by deconstructing an article and identifying rhetorical appeals and strategies to find the author’s main purpose.
Writing has always been an issue but yet interesting subject of mine. As hard as I try and write essays, and papers I just can’t get the hang of writing. But after taking this class, I did learn different writing technique and improved my writing proficiency, material body of formatting, and how to uncovering and properly use sources. Through class exams, essays, and a research paper, I was able to learn new writing skills. Although I have learned a variety of things, my writing still needs improvement.
My Writing Experience In previous courses, my writing skills have been mediocre or just enough to pass the class. Throughout the duration of this course, I have written a variety of papers using different techniques and skills. Previously I would write assuming that the only audience would be my instructor. This course has helped me realize that there are many steps and skills involved with writing a well-organized and easy to comprehend essay.
Along with that, the writer must also present themselves to be knowledge about the information as well as know the audience. Critical thinking begins with the thought process of a person. A person’s way of think can be one-sided, uninformed or prejudiced. How a person lives their life can determine how they think.