Read Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell.
Analyze Gladwell’s rhetorical strategies, noting how these strategies make his work successful and convincing or not–Your paper must have a thesis that makes an overall claim that reflects the conclusions of your analysis.
Include a minimum of two (2) credible sources from the college library, in addition to the article presented and videos presented in the class, to support your ideas, making sure to cite them both in your paper and on a works cited page in MLA format.
Upload your completed, properly formatted essay in a Microsoft Word document—remember, if you use a program other than Microsoft Word, you must click Save As and select Word Document–to Essay 2: Rhetorical Analysis Essay Dropbox for grading by end of day Friday, October 11th.
Minimum requirements:
Three full pages minimum of essay plus a required works cited page in MLA format.
Two credible sources in addition to the article presented, properly cited in MLA format–remember to review the previous lesson on what qualifies as a credible, scholarly source.
Note: Grading and Minimum Requirements:
I set minimum requirements, including page length, based on the writing requirements of the college curriculum for the course. Thus, not meeting minimum will result in no higher than a D grade.
Also, meeting minimum is average. In grading, this means a C grade if the paper is done well. To qualify for an A or B, a student must exceed the minimum requirements and do so well.
Grading Rubric
T H E S I S
The essay has a clear point to it, a claim about the topic that challenges readers to think and to understand more than they already know about the topic.
D E V E L O P M E N T
The essay responds not only in focus, but also in length and scope, to the assignment.Paragraphs continue long enough to make ideas clear, interesting, and convincing.The writer not only provides clear support for the essay’s main point, but also breaks that support into different parts and approaches, in order to constantly engage and persuade readers. Writing should be full and detailed, with specificity, freshness, and concreteness.
O R G A N I Z A T I O N&S T R U C T U R E
An essay that is well-organized demonstrates the writer’s attention to structure: it flows easily and logically from one sentence to the next, from paragraph to paragraph, and from start to finish.The writer uses transitions and sets up quotations with signal phrases, always relating parts to the thesis by direct statement or clear implication.While an essay may go through formal planning or outlining stages, its organization should not be so simplistic or didactic that it ends up insulting readers.
D I C T I O N,S Y N T A X,&G R A M M A R
The essay reveals an attention to not only what is said but how it is said.Word choice is appropriate, word order is effective, and the spelling, punctuation, and sentence boundary choices all contribute to persuasive meaning.The essay demonstrates the college writer’s ability to edit and to proofread carefully, with outside readers in mind
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Discipline: Critical thinking