What makes a woman
What makes a woman?
For this assignment, you will write a proposal argument for a specific audience and use rhetorical knowledge to reach your intended audience Your argument will discuss what the specific audience should do to help solve a problem; explain why that solution will work best.
Be sure to apply the persuasive techniques and rhetorical knowledge covered this term. consider both the scope of the assignment and the major components of a proposal argument. In particular, refer to Ch. 12 in EAR and class lecture/material.
Pick a topic and audience
You will want to format your thesis in the general “A should do B because of C” format that is talked about in EAR (page 275). Decide who you will be trying to convince to follow through with your proposal. Will you write your article to a specific person or group of people? (Legislator, president of the university, OSU students, parents, teachers, etc…). You must have a specific audience in mind (the American public, for example, is likely much too broad).
Pick a publication
You will also need to pick a specific publication for this argument. This is a hypothetical, but how can you get this proposal into the hands of your audience? What do they read? Your publication could be a particular magazine, website/ blog, or newspaper. Put this in parenthesis in your title and include a sample article from this publication as part of your final paper. The article does not need to be related to your proposal, but must represent the style of the publication where you imagine your proposal could be read. At the end of your Work Cited list, include a subheading “Example Publication” and a citation for the article (include the URL as well) that exemplifies the style, audience, and publication you chose.
· Your argument should begin with a memorable description / proof of the problem. Expand on the exact nature of the problem: What it is, how it arose and evolved, why it’s pressing, who it affects, etc.
o Provide a clear thesis regarding the solution (A should do B because…)
o Evidence/credible sources are essential in a proposal
§ Include at least 4 credible sources (introduce these sources in your text).
At least one source must be opposition, and at least one source must be a scholarly source.
o Provide sufficient evidence that shows your solution will indeed solve the problem
o Describe how the solution would be carried out in practical terms and prove it will be feasible
o Explain why your solution is better than other possible solutions
o Overcome the objections you’re likely to come across
o Mention any additional benefits
o Apply appeals where appropriate
· Your conclusion should call the audience to action. That usually doesn’t mean making a direct statement, such as, “Now get out there and vote!” It means using persuasive techniques that will motivate readers to act. There are a number of effective strategies for this, but here are three that you might find particularly useful:
§ You can return to the story. How would the subject of the story feel if your proposed changes were implemented? How would his or her life be changed?
§ You can end with a description of how the problem might become more severe if your solution is not implemented. Arguments about global warming often use this tactic, describing global flooding and drought and famine. Be careful, however, to avoid fallacies such as “scare tactics” and “slippery slope” claims.
§ You can describe the first step toward implementing your proposal. For example, if you’re proposing that OSU students give blood once a year, you might want to mention when and where the next opportunity will take place, and what students need to do to participate.