Student Sample Essay 1 - Sample 1 Student Sample Kolette...

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Sample 1 Student Sample Kolette Draegan GEW 101 29 March 2007 Textual Analysis #1 In the Language Police, the author Diane Ravitch claims that censorship in our school system today is having a negative effect on student’s education. She successfully brings the reader in by giving them a personal connection to the book. Her claim is not necessarily supported by her evidence but instead manipulates the reader into thinking she is correct by appealing to them personally. Ravitch presents her argument in a clever way in order to get the reader on her side. This is successful and makes the reader believe what she has to say, whether it is really true or not. One of the main rhetorical devices that Ravitch uses which starts off the whole book is repetition. She tries to put emphasis on what is being censored on standardized testing to draw the reader into the text right away. This could be annoying to some readers, having to read the same things again, but also it reinforces what Ravitch is arguing and makes them really get the point that she is trying to show in her claim. By stating the same evidence again and again Ravitch is guaranteed to get some response from the reader. They may be annoyed with how many times she restates her evidence but at least the reader knows what she is trying to say. One of the points that she kept repeating was how stereotyping of old people was censored from tests. “It was stereotypical to show older people engaging in sedentary pastimes, like fishing or baking cookies… older people are usually found jogging, repairing a roof, or doing something else that
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Sample 2 is physically strenuous” (Ravitch 27). Then about ten pages later she reinforces the idea by saying basically the same thing but in a different way. “Any description of older people that suggests that they act old is to be treated as a stereotype” (Ravitch 38). This helped her argument because it allowed the reader to really understand what they were censoring by her practically drilling it into their head. By reading something over and over someone is bound to learn it. That is what Ravitch is trying to do, teach the reader the knowledge through her eyes. To give an example in order to support her argument that the censorship isn’t realistic and is only hurting student’s education, she gives an example of herself. “This objective, say the guidelines, shows a stereotypical outlook on aging by stressing the desirability of youth. This is one of my favorite examples, probably because I am an “older person” and understand that old age involves a certain acceptance of physical decline…. And I don’t feel anyone is biased against me if they suggest that exercise will help me maintain a youthful appearance and attitude” (Ravitch 60). Ravitch not only continues the repetition here to help the reader further understand but she also supports her claim but giving an example of herself and how school children are not
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