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Essay Four: Taking a Stand
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Criteria for Effective Argumentation-Persuasion Essays Communicates the writer’s position on an issue clearly Establishes the writer’s credibility Presents valid supporting points Provides convincing evidence to support those points Uses a firm, moving tone that is evident through word choice Acknowledges at least one opposing viewpoint and counters it effectively and respectfully
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Three Important Facets: Logos, Pathos & Ethos Logos – the soundness of your argument, the appeal to reason rests on facts, statistics, relevant examples and authoritative statements Pathos – emotional power to appeal to readers’ needs, values, & attitudes uses connotative, stirring language
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Three Important Facets: Logos, Pathos, & Ethos Ethos – the ethical appeal that rests on the writer’s credibility and integrity, i. e., his or her ability to show that he or she knows what he or she is talking about and is worth listening to Not overly emotional (no ranting or whining) but sincere Not unreasonable but justified in drawing reasonable conclusions Not insulting to those who have a different belief or opinion but respectful Not dismissive of readers’ concerns but willing to address them
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