First, read four examples of argumentation essays: "The Penalty of Death" (p. 154), "Execution" (p. 156), "Fighting for Our Lives" (p.158), "Crypto-Security and a Strange Thing Called Key Recovery." (p. 164).
Next, answer two of the following questions on the blog:
1) Examine your emotional response to H. L. Mencken's argument for capital punishment. How do various features of his tone and language encourage you to accept or reject his argument? What personal experiences or beliefs make you more likely to agree or disagree with his position? Present your analysis in progress; that is, trace your emotional reactions as you read through each section of Menken’s essay. How did you feel when he said X? What did you think when he said Y?
2) Analyze the types of evidence that Anna Quindlen uses in her essay, “Execution.” Identify what are fact, judgment, eyewitness testimony, and expert testimony. Sort out the kinds of evidence that make it difficult for Quindlen to decide where she stands on the issue. Then analyze which argument – H.L., Menken’s or Quindlen’s – is more effective. Explain the reasons for your decision.
3) Evaluate Jamie Miles’s THREE drafts (found on pages 137, 147, 162). Then write him a blog to convince him which of the three drafts he should place in his writing portfolio for final assessment. Your purpose is to convince him to submit his “best” essay. Your problem is to determine which of these essays has the “best” argument. Be sure to give reasons with evidence from the best essay.
Finally, for full credit, respond to at least one other student’s blog answer.
This assignment is due by Friday, November 30, 2012 by 9 AM.
PROJECT: Read the Purdue University website on how to write a cover letter. Follow one of the samples. Remember you are applying to a college. The site is at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/698/1. Your Cover Letter is due Monday, December 3, 2012.