Paper 2: A Classical Argument
The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate your understanding of a classical argument and basic rhetorical choices we’ve studied by writing a classical argument that takes a position on an issue. As with your rhetorical analysis, you’ll want to convey a sense of exigency, a need for your argument that goes beyond that of just fulfilling an assignment.
In addition to the in-class exercise you completed for finding a topic, here are some strategies from The Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing for choosing a subject:
Other things to know
You’re going to turn in a final, polished 4.5-5 page paper. You should also choose the citation style that is most appropriate for your audience. See the New Century Handbook (NCH) for these citation styles.
Paper due in class on Thursday, April 2.
Meeting with me
You’ll need to make an appointment to talk to me about your argument for approximately twenty minutes. Use the consultation checklist to prepare for our meeting. I have cancelled classes and office hours during the week of March 16-20 and reserved those days for consultations. Please understand that I cannot schedule more than one consultation per student at this time.
I’ll distribute the sign up sheet for these consultations on Thursday, March 5. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to sign up for a consultation by coming to my office. The sign up sheet will be posted on my office door. I strongly encourage students not to wait until after Spring Break to sign up.
Ramage, John, John Bean, and June Johnson. The Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing. 5th ed.