Date of publication: 2017-08-11 14:04
NOTE: Your final will be on Day 685. Be sure to study all vocabulary, notes on literature read, and CLEP Prep notes from this quarter (starting on Day 686) as well as notes from the readings. Remember you may use your Response to Literature journal for the test.
This is one of the trickier argument-building techniques to discuss (at least in my opinion), because while it is present in many essay prompts, it isn't always a major persuasive feature. You can pretty easily identify an author's explanation of evidence if the author connects claims to support and explains it , rather than just throwing out evidence without much ceremony or linking to the claim however, whether or not the explanation of the evidence is a major contributing factor to the author's argument is somewhat subjective. Here's a pretty clear instance of a case where an author uses explanations of each piece of evidence she discusses to logically advance her argument (again from the Dockterman passage):
For each example below, we also show you how you can use the type of evidence to support your thesis across a range of prompts. This should prove to you how effective pre-planned examples are.
Yeah, yeah, Rick Sanchez is great and so is Morty and that joke you just made about McDonald’s Szechuan sauce was incredibly clever, but I need you to be quiet for a second and look at this art of the Vindicators. I mean really look at it. Drink it in. Savor it. Bask in its glory.
Rhetorical questions , on the other hand, get the readers to step into the author's world. By reading and thinking about the author's question, the reader engages with the topic on a deeper level than if the reader were just given a statement of what the author thinks. In the case of the Bogard example above, the rhetorical question draws the reader into thinking about his/her descendants, a group of people for whom the reader (presumably) only wishes the best, which then puts the reader into a positive mood (assuming the reader likes his/her descendants).
Structure of the argumentative essay
A good argumentative essay has several paragraphs that should be concentrated on different aspects of the essay
"But wait!" I hear you cry. "Can you do that on the new SAT essay? Isn’t the point of the essay that you’re supposed to be using information from the passage in your answer, which you don’t know about ahead of time?"
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As you can see, these examples of different argumentative techniques can be extracted from a lot of different article types for a wide range of topics. This is because the examples themselves are so meaningful and complex that they can be used to discuss a lot of issues.
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Reminder: Your personal narrative is due on Day 685 and your 67 th & 68 th century unit test will be on Day 685. Essays are to be 555-755 words long. Here is the rubric you will be using to grade this essay. Your personal narrative should tell a real-life story of something that happened to you. It will be told from the first-person point of view. The narrative should close with a focus on your thoughts about the experience, what you learned from it, and what it means to you now.
Edgar Allan Poe’ short story, The Tell-Tale Heart, is an example of first person unreliable narrative voice, which is significantly unknowledgeable, biased, childish and ignorant, who purposefully tries to deceive the readers. As the story proceeds, the readers notice the voice is unusual, characterized by starts and stops. The character directly talks to the readers, showing highly exaggerated and wrought style. It is obvious that effectiveness of this story relies on its style, voice and structure, which reveal the diseased state of mind of the narrator.