Monthly Archives: August 2012

First Out of Class Essay

Essay #1: Out of Class Rhetorical Analysis

Before we really study argumentation, we’re going to take a step backward from the material and focus not just on what it says, but on how it says it. To that end, you’re going to choose a political speech from and analyze it for its appeals to ethos, pathos, and logos. Analysis is not just about identifying where each of these is used. You must also evaluate how effectively the speech uses these appeals, and what effect these appeals are trying to achieve. This kind of analysis has an argumentative basis, where the details work together to support your analysis.



  • 1500 Words, typed, double-spaced, 12-pt font (Times or Arial), stapled.
  • Your thesis must add evaluative weight to each of the rhetorical appeals, and your outline must reflect that weight.
  • You must quote extensively from your speech to illustrate how it achieves its rhetorical stance.  Don’t just tell the reader that a quote appeals to pathos, explain how and why very specifically.
  • You may also include an analysis of logical fallacies, but must include in that analysis an argument for their being. What is the speech trying to achieve by being fallacious?
  • Your conclusion must discuss the overall persuasive effect of the speech.

Rough Draft Due

  •             Wednesday, September 19, 2012 (Sec3)
  •             Thursday, September 20, 2012 (Sec8)

Bring (or distribute) three copies for workshop.

Turn it into for credit


Final Draft Due

  •             Wednesday, October 3, 2012 (sec3)
  •             Thursday, October 4, 2012 (sec8)

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Grammar for the week

Check out my grammar blog, The New Adventures of Professor Fearless. In this week’s entry I talk about verbs.

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Respond to these three items.

Here are three things to consider when doing your reading in Everything’s an Argument. Please respond in comments.

How does this ad make you feel?

Which one of these responses to Todd Akin do you find more credible, and why?

What purpose do the stats in this piece on Latino Voters serve?


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Welcome to English 1B

This is where all of our readings not from the textbook will be posted, as well as response questions.  Those questions should be answered os a comment on the blog, but if you would rather not make your responses public, then you can always email them to me at peter.o’

To illustrate some of the things we will be finding in this blog, here is your first assignment: is this criticism fair on either side?? Jon Stewart on Cries of Dvisiveness in politics.


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Hello world!

Welcome to! This is your very first post. Click the Edit link to modify or delete it, or start a new post. If you like, use this post to tell readers why you started this blog and what you plan to do with it.

Happy blogging!

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