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For this major essay, you will be writing a comparative rhetorical analysis of Gleb Tsipursky’s “A Weird American in Trump’s Post Truth America” (Links to an external site.) and a second text, which you will be able to read once you begin the essay.
Be sure to use a strong academic voice. Your essay should be 1000-1500 words, meticulously proofread, and in correct MLA format and style, with a Works Cited page (not part of word count). There are 20 points possible for MLA accuracy in this essay; if you make more than one error, you will receive a zero.You are writing to an educated audience who has not read either article, but is somewhat aware of the conversations surrounding Post-truth in the United States. You will want to make them interested in these two arguments as you “lift the hood” to show your readers what the authors are doing and which author is doing it better.
Preparation is KEY: Make sure you have studied the module and prepared Tsipursky’s argument. You have four hours to complete this essay, over triple the time I give my student on campus. Still, be aware of what you can do in 4 hours, give yourself the full four hours, and work in an environment where you will not be distracted. You can do it! Do not accidently submit the essay before you finish, as the exam will not be reopened for you. As I state earlier, write you essay in a different program than paste it here.
Your final essay should contain each of the following requirements in whatever order you consider most appropriate (though many of you will move chronologically through the requirements–note that each of these do not necessarily represent a paragraph):
- an introduction to the contemporary conversation/discourse on “Post Truth” in the United States;
- two “Academic Meaty Sentences” and a brief summary for each text;
- a major claim/thesis that asserts which author’s argument is more persuasive for their intended audience.
- an insightful comparison of the authors’ rhetorical situations;
- a comparative analysis and evaluation of the authors’ persuasive appeals and the rhetorical strategies they use to persuade their different audiences, as well as any informal fallacies they may make and how they affect the argument as a whole. You must quote and paraphrase each author to illustrate and support your analysis. Use paragraph numbers such as (par. 3) or (Tsipursky, par. 3).
- an evaluation of the text that you feel is most persuasive for its intended audience (based on and supported by your analysis).
- (Please place your word count in parenthesis at the bottom of the essay.)
Again, the essay should be carefully proofread and represent the sophomore-level college writing I know you are cable of. Make sure your essay is well organized, as I created a possible outline for you in 6.2. Write strong topic sentences and thoughtful paragraphs that develop, support, and prove the topic sentence. In addition, use transitional phrases between paragraphs and ideas. In fact, I suggest you read your essay out loud in the final editing stages, as you will catch many sentence-level errors and typos (take this as truth from the Queen of Typos). In fact, I suggest you type in Word and then cut and paste into the exam.
Reminder: All assignments in this class, past and present, are cataloged and run through VeriCite, so do not be tempted to present previously submitted assignments, or similar work you find on the Internet, as your own. Working with the friend on this essay is NOT a good idea, as even the smallest of similarities will be detected. Plagiarism will result in a 0 on the assignment and will be reported to the dean.