Rhetorical Analysis Of Tough

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The purpose of the authors article is to bring to the audience’s attention that teaching children skills such as grit and self-control are hard to come by. Tough is attempting to persuade his targeted audience into comprehending that generally occur within low-income students. He persuades with the following rhetorical terms: logos, tone, exemplification/warrant, and ethos. These terms are the key to his success in writing the persuasive article. Logos plays a part in his article to persuade his audience. Tough to a great extent shows the truth through real life examples and showing facts to back up his theory on the difficulty of students learning other skills. When he begins to persuade the audience, he starts with very large and complex words then lowers it to more simple terms to understand easier, which gives the reader a sense of an “ah-ha” moment. For example he states “On a cognitive level, chronically elevated stress can disrupt the development of what are known as executive functions: higher-order mental abilities that some researchers compare to a team of air-traffic controllers overseeing the workings of the brain.” Reason being that he chose this was because he helps the audience …show more content…

In a world where your credibility means everything, it’s even more important in writing. The author shows great credibility, motives, and character. Tough credibility throughout the article is very strong, this is said because he talks about a topic he has already wrote about and brought in other people who have great credibility to speak on his topic. His motive was strong but wasn’t bias. To avoid biasness, he didn’t speak on opinions, he mostly spoke on facts and research that he found. Lastly Paul Tough showed character by sharing stories and pictures of teachers and students. This was shown greatly because he truly showed his character by sharing stories and adding

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