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Writing a Response to an Argument
For this task, you must read a "modest proposal" related to the "potential for educational, political, or ideological influence of the media" (Language A1 Guidelines). You should annotate and analyze the rhetorical devices and techniques used to persuade the audience. As you analyze persuasive techniques, you should also note any fallacies and/or doublespeak present in the piece.
THEN, you will write a response related to the piece you read. Your response may take any form you would like: letter, opinion/editorial, article, blog, etc. You should select the mode of communication and format that best fits your subject, response, purpose, and audience. You may agree with, support, and reinforce the opinions presented in the piece, or you may choose to attack, refute, and negate the opinions. Providing you remain focused on "an awareness of the potential for educational, political, or ideological influence of the media," you may select this piece to revise for your Written Task.
As pre IB requirements, your written piece must be between 800-1000 words. You must also have a 200-300 word rationale. This rationale should explain your selection of the piece you read as well as the style and register of your response. Please include a word count for BOTH items. Please staple your paper on top of your rationale.
Things to keep in mind as you write your response:
* Your written work should reference the article ("proposal") you read for the assignment; if necessary you should also work in a brief summary of the author's opinion and the presentation thereof. It should also include the author's name, title of article/proposal, and media source.
* Responses should also include details and perhaps quotes from the text to which you are responding/reacting. Help your reader understand your reaction to the opinions presented in the proposal.
* Be sure to use effective organization for the media form you have selected for your response. You may create a blog response, a "proposal" in response to the one you have read to be published in a print or online magazine or journal, a letter to the editor of the source of information, a speech that acts as support or rebuttal.
* Carefully choose your tone to either emulate that of the original proposal, or to most effectively communicate your opinions regarding the subject matter itself as well as the writer's treatment of it. Although we have studied satire recently and the "proposal" you read was probably satiric as well, you need not employ satire as your method of argumentation.
* Watch for fallacies, both in the proposal you read and in your own work. If you choose to use them intentionally in your own work for stylistic effect, please address that in your rationale.
* At the bottom of the page, give "Sources Cited" information. Be sure you have the FULL source citation. Include author's name, title of piece, and where it was published, with dates and page numbers, and website URLs. Remember, exact punctuation and order matters.
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