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  • The Sad Fate of the Comma by Robert J. Samuel


    The Sad Fate of the Comma by Robert J. Samuel

    Constructing an Account of a Writer’s Argument:

    Your Purpose:  To discuss how the writer constructs an argument through an analysis of certain elements of argument such as audience, context, purpose, primary claim, reasons, evidence and author (Learning Outcomes 1-3 addressed in this essay).

    Your Audience:  A general audience of your peers who are unfamiliar with this author, the publication, or the text (article), but are familiar with the topic.

    Prompt: The purpose of this essay is to analyze the argument in Robert Samuelson’s article, “The Sad Fate of the Comma.”  You will do this by responding to the following questions:

    1. Who is the specific audience of this article? How can you tell? (consider publication, certain hints he drops, word choice, references used, and clues about what is going on in society at the time this piece was written in 2007—almost TEN years ago).
    2. What is Samuelson’s main claim? (Identify the exact sentence(s), quote it/them in your essay, then rephrase his main claim by explaining it in your own words). Be sure to also include what type of claim it is (see “Framing your Argument by Using Different CLAIMS” document).
    3. What is Samuelson’s purpose? (please use the word “purpose when articulating this sentence)
    4. What are two reasons that Samuelson gives to support his claim?
    5. What types of evidence does he use to support each of these reasons? (remember, evidence is specifically selected by a writer to appeal to a specific audience
    6. Consider the types of evidence Samuelson used (in #5) and discuss the effectiveness of a/the strategy/strategies and appeals used to appeal to his audience in achieving his purpose.
      1. Ethos: Does he come across as knowledgeable? How so? Trustworthy?  How so?  Relatable? How so?
      2. Pathos: Does he try to evoke emotion from his audience? Which emotion(s) and how so?
      3. Logos: Does he appeal to your sense of logic? How so? Does he provide facts or statistics?

    *Note:  For tasks 5 and 6, you must provide relevant textual examples from the text to demonstrate the type of evidence Samuelson uses, and then also explain how that evidence appeals to his intended audience.

    1. Brief conclusion (we will discuss this later)


    While you’ll need to determine a deliberate and effective structure that gracefully leads the reader through your discussion, a successful essay will:

    • Have a succinct introduction that introduces Robert Samuelson, the title of his article and where his article was published, his purpose, his argument, your rephrasing of the argument, the type of claim he is making, and will reveal info about his audience (task 1). In addition, you introduction will include a thesis statement at the end of you introduction that expresses the focus of your essay (which is to critically analyze Samuelson’s argument).
    • Have developed BODY PARAGRAPHS that address the remaining tasks4-6 in an organized
      • Include all necessary details from his article and explanation on your part to provide appropriate and clear development.
    • Have a short conclusion that restates (not repeats) your main points, AND expresses an opinion as to how convincing your find Samuelson overall and why. Don’t interpret this as meaning you need only provide a simple one-sentence conclusion.
    • Be written in MLA format, 12 point font, DOUBLE SPACED, narrow margin.
    • Transition smoothly within and between each paragraph. You will also need to CLOSE your paragraphs effectively.
    • Aim for 3 pages.

    Learning outcomes met according to the SDSU Department of Rhetoric and Writing:

    • Construct an account of an argument;
    • Explain the rhetorical situation
    • Describe/Discuss elements of an argument—claims, methods of development, persuasive appeals;
    • Choose an effective structure for the essay;
    • Determine when and where a source was published.

    Edit writing for the conventions appropriate for academic writing

  • Hurricane Katrina Debris Management


    For this essay you will need to identify an area of interest for researching. You will need to then formulate a topic pertinent to this area of interest and conduct organized and documented research to investigate this issue. You will not be taking a side and presenting an argument.  Remember that this is a research report, not a persuasive essay.

    You will be expected to write a full investigative report and present research from credible sources to back up your findings. Developing a viable topic – subject to my approval – is part of this assignment and might take some time as well as some research of your general area of interest. A preliminary search of your general topic will likely present questions and issues which generate more specific topics pertaining to your area of interest.

    •This should be a minimum of four to five pages, double-spaced and written in MLA formatting. The Works Cited page is not considered part of the required four pages.

    •You are asked to utilize and cite a minimum of four sources. They must be trusted credible sources appropriate for scholarly research.

  • Korean 155 Prompt Paper


    What do the final 3 movies in Weeks 5 and 6 say about how women reconcile (or do not reconcile) themselves with external expectations? How do the female characters maintain and discard masks in the process of being true to themselves? In what ways do women today shed or maintain “tradition” social roles and expectations, relative to some of the earlier films we have seen?


    • 200 Pounds Beauty (2006) by Yong-hwa Kim
    • Sunny (2011) by Kang Heyeong-cheol
    • The Actresses (2009) by E J-yong

    Your essays will be graded according to the following rubric, so be sure to consider this as a checklist for your essay.
    Content: Is there specific and in-depth discussion of the films? Don’t give a long plot summary, but do discuss specific characters and scenes. (Do not give time codes.)
    Analysis: Is there adequate analysis of the issues? Is there critical engagement with the subject matter? Ex: instead of just summarizing content, do you provide analysis?
    Evidence: Do you build your argument throughout the essay, referring to the films and readings to support your position?
    Prompt: Does your essay cover the topic assigned and address the specific elements of the prompt?
    Sources: Are relevant assigned readings used in the essay? Outside research is encouraged, but be sure to provide a complete citation in the Works Cited section.
    Mechanics: Is the essay readable and mostly free of errors? Does your essay use standard citation format? Are the works cited entries in correct format so a reader can locate each item?

  • Current Event 2015: Bill Would Ban Abortions for Disability, Gender


    Find an article from a reputable internet or print news source, or radio or TV news report about an issue regarding people with disabilities.  These articles or reports may not be more than 2 months old.
    Read or listen to the report.
    Write a 2 page paper using the following guidelines:

    • a. Summarize the report.
    • b. Discuss how this issue relates to what you are experiencing in your service learning or to the class readings.  OR  whether you feel this portrays a positive or negative view of people with disabilities.
    • c. Remember to add two questions for a class discussion
    • d. Conclusion with final thoughts
  • Why does Lear respond so angrily to Cordelia


    Read Act 1, scene 1 in King Lear. Ed. Michael Best. Internet Shakespeare Editions. University of Victoria, 29 Nov. 2013. Web. 8 Jun. 2016. Click here for a list of the characters.



    In Act 1, scene 1, why does Lear respond so angrily to Cordelia?

  • What methods does Satan use to persuade Eve to eat the fruit


    Read Book 9, lines 1-779 (ed. Thomas H. Luxon).


    What methods does Satan use to persuade Eve to eat the fruit? Is she an easy victim to his fraud or does she resist?

  • Lear’s emotions when Cordelia’s army has been defeated


    Read (1) Read King Lear. Ed. Philip Weller. Shakespeare Navigators, n.d. Web. 6 Aug. 2016. Act 5, and view podcast “Tips for Using Paradise Lost Website” before reading John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 1.1-49


    How would you describe Lear’s emotions when Cordelia’s army has been defeated and he and Cordelia are at Edmund’s mercy (5.3.8-19, 20-26)?



    Write a news story of between 475 and 500 words.  As you organize and write, ask yourself what is the most significant news?  A police officer was shot and is in critical condition.  This alone is major news that undoubtedly would draw national coverage.  Obviously, it is almost unheard of for cops to intentionally one of their own. But there is also other quite significant news to report.

    A substantial quantity of drugs was confiscated, a potential link to a major drug trafficking organization was uncovered, store employees were threatened with a gun and assaulted, stolen goods were recovered, and one of the suspects is a cop.  Clearly all of this can’t be accommodated in the lead, but some it can.  An essential task is to decide what to incorporate into your 35-word lead.
    The bulk of the information is the police version.  It is authoritative information, but it needs to be carefully attributed.

    Be aware that the suspects are not guilty at this point, just booked on suspicion of a variety of crimes. The next step would be for prosecutors to decide what crimes, if any, they should be formally charged with.
    Don’t allow your writing to be influenced by how the information is organized in the press release. It’s not in media format.  Rather it’s presented in the dry, bureaucratic fashion police favor.
    Don’t start with the day and place. Don’t use the women’s or man’s names in the lead. Identify them by name later.
    Those arrested made some serious allegations of their own, and you have response of sorts from a cop.
    Also note that some information is missing, such as the nature of the injuries the suspects sustained when they were arrested.  It’s a good practice to make clear not only what’s known, but what is not known, too.

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  • Journal Topics for Notorious


    Notorious (1946) was produced by independent producer David O Selznick utilizing his production company Vanguard Films, and distributed by RKO.   The film was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and the cinematographer was Ted Tetzlaff.

    Questions:  Pay attention to Hitchcock’s shot choices, camera movements, and his blocking of actors within scenes:

    1. How does Hitchcock introduce us to the two principle characters? Where do the scenes take place and how is the camera placed?
    2. How does Hitchcock get us to identify with and care about the two lead actors Carey Grant and Ingrid Bergman?
    3. How would you describe the mood or tone of the film in visual terms?
    4. Describe a few of the most visually stunning shots?
    5. What are some of the things about the film that impressed you the most?

    2 Papers included