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Topic: For this essay, you will choose a controversial article from a newspaper

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Topic:
For this essay, you will choose a controversial article from a newspaper to analyze.  Use the information from the modules to format your essay and paragraphs.
You may use an American newspaper or a newspaper from abroad.
Some questions to consider:
·      How is the argument presented?
·      What techniques are used to convince the reader?
·      Is the argument based on Logos, Pathos or Ethos? Does it use a combination of all three?
·      Are logical fallacies used?
·      What judgement can you make about the newspaper and audience by the techniques that are used? Are views liberal or conservative? Demographics?
Process and guidelines:
·      Read the article you have chosen carefully.
·      Think about the topic and create a working thesis. Your thesis statement should be the last sentence of the introduction.
·      Plan your body paragraphs by making an outline and deciding which examples/explanation you will use in each paragraph to support your topic sentences. Be sure to take examples from throughout the article. 
·      Be sure each paragraph has a clear topic sentence. Use PEAR (See module on paragraph structure).
·      Plan your introduction and conclusion. Remember that beginnings and endings are very important.
·      DO NOT SUMMARIZE the article. Analyze the article instead.
·      Your essay should be 3-4 double spaced pages, roughly 500-750 words  (use MLA format).
·      Explain your ideas clearly; write well developed paragraphs; organize your ideas logically. Be sure to cover the requirements of the assignment.
·      Reread your essay and edit carefully to make sure that you have used conventional mechanics spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
·      Give your paper a creative title.
·      Be sure to correctly cite the article you have chose in your Works Cited page.

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