Writing 1101 – Essay #4: Reflective or Stylistic Essay Write a 4 page (1000-word+), typed argumentative essay making an argument on any topic related to course material using stylistic techniques that mimic Frederick Douglass’s What to the Slave is the Fourth of July. Authors should present a strong, reasoned argument and support it with evidence from written sources, from personal experience, or other credible sources. The essay will answer the question “What to the _______ is the ________? The audience is the general public: strangers, acquaintances, relatives, friends and should be suitable for publication in Newsweek, Time, or another news magazine. It must include the following rhetorical devices:• Two examples of antithesis. (“You may rejoice, I must mourn.”)• Two allusions. (“By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down.”)• An invocation. (“Standing with God…,” “I will in the name of humanity….”)• A piece of statistical evidence. (“There are seventy-two crimes in the state of Virginia.”) Note: in order to give credit to your statistic, you must tell from whence it came. For example, “I recently read in Time that…” or “CBS News reported that….”• Two parallel constructions. (“Go where you may, search where you will.”)• Two if/then constructions. (“….when the reptiles that crawl shall be unable to distinguish the slave from a brute, then I will argue with you that a slave is a man!”)• Two rhetorical questions. (“Who can reason on such a proposition?”) Evaluation Rubric: 1. Clarity of Thesis (20) – The thesis is clearly articulated and reflects critical thinking on the topic. 2. Support of Claim or Thesis by Evidence (20) – Use Specific, persuasive, accurate evidence to support the thesis. 3. Awareness of Underlying Assumptions (20) – Writer states and analyses underlying assumptions. 4. Rhetorical Devices (20) – The author demonstrates knowledge of conventions of academic discourse and uses literary techniques required by the assignment. 5. Logic of Argument (20) – Constructs logical argument by means of examples, authority, inductive & deductive reasoning; avoids fallacies of logos. This Assignment is Due to the Critics on December 3rd. Final Draft Due in D2L on December 5th. This assignment is worth 150 points towards your Final Grade.
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