Requirements and Reminders:
- Respond to the prompt on page 57 of our textbook. You may use the sample thesis above the prompt if you wish.
- 900-1200 words
- Final draft due Wednesday November 4, 2009
- Use MLA format with the following caveats: 1) Single-space your heading 2) Leave the page number and last name off the first page. Format examples are here and examples of the above-noted modifications are here.
- I WILL NOT accept papers that are written in pencil, single-spaced, or with the heading on the right. Papers that are not in MLA format will be returned ungraded for corrections and will be counted as late.
- Identify the purpose (JFK’s purpose) that you wish to write about.
- Using a different colored highlighter or pen, mark everything in the speech that supports or helps enact that purpose.
- Look for patterns/groupings in what you’ve highlighted.
- Using those patterns, develop an argument concerning how JFK uses rhetorical strategies to accomplish the purpose you identified.
Caution: Do not start writing without identifying the purpose. Without that, you cannot write a thesis. Without a thesis, your argument will meander through whatever you’ve noticed in the speech, creating a paper without clear direction that is confusing and frustrating both to write and to read/grade.