If you scroll down below the viewing box, you’ll see a list of Republican commercials and a list of
Democratic commercials. Watch the first Republican commercial (Reagan) and the first Democratic commercial (Carter). The Republican commercial begins with Governor Reagan, his right hand raised, being sworn into office in California. The Democratic commercial begins with President Carter making a speech. As you listen to the commercials, consider the types of persuasive arguments being used by each candidate. Stop here and complete Assignment 1 - Evaluating Media Coverage. Vocabulary and Grammar Workshop In this vocabulary workshop, you’ll learn about loaded words that build emotion in persuasive writing or speaking. As you read the examples and explanations on page 1116 of your textbook, think about words and phrases you may hear from friends when they are telling a story or trying to persuade you to agree with them. Consider what you hear on television commercials as well. How are loaded words used in everyday situations? Read page 1116 in Literature Texas Treasures: British Literature. Complete numbers 1 and 2 from the practice activity on page 1116. Check your answers with the key in the Resourcessection at the bottom of the course home page. (Sentences 3 and 4 will appear in Assignment 2.) The grammar workshop in this lesson reviews run-on sentences. This kind of error occurs when two independent clauses have no punctuation between them, or when two independent clauses are connected using only a comma. Remember that an independent clause is a complete sentence on its own. To correct run-on sentences, you’ll need to add a semi-colon or a coordinating conjunction, or use a period to separate the clauses into two sentences. Read page 1141 in your textbook for further details about correcting run-on sentences. Correct the first sentence in the “Revise” activity on page 1141 and check your answer with the key in the Resourcessection at the bottom of the course home page. (Sentences 2, 3, and 4 will appear in Assignment 2.) Nonfiction in the Modern Age “In Moulmein, in lower Burma, I was hated by large numbers of people—the only time in my life that I have been important enough for this to happen to me.” “…we arrive at a figure of about 25,000 miles, equal to a trench sufficient to circle the earth.” “…it would have been impossible, completely and entirely, for any woman to have written the plays of Shakespeare in the age of Shakespeare.” “…the long night of barbarism will descend, unbroken even by a star of hope, unless we conquer, as conquer we must; as conquer we shall.” These quotations come from the four nonfiction works you’ll read in this lesson. After reading only the lines above, you may have already developed personal impressions about the authors’ ideas and opinions. After reading the entire piece, your opinion may change, or it may be affirmed. Remember, when using quotations from others in your own essays, you must show the author’s actual, honest opinion and idea rather than taking a quote out of context so that it appears to support your opinion.