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EN101 Theme 2 Assignment Sheet

For homework, write a rebuttal of one (not all) of the articles linked to the syllabus for your class section.

Remember the following things:

  • Your essay must be at least five paragraphs long
  • Your essay must be typed
  • Your essay must be double spaced
  • Your essay must follow MLA style, including a works cited page.

If you do not that the have the above do not come to class. If you do come, I will ask you to leave when we begin the peer editing, and you will be marked absent.

Helpful hints:

  • DO NOT argue the issue. You are not concerned with taking a side on the issue discussed in the article. Your job is to analyze the effectiveness of the rhetorical techniques that the writer uses. Remember that this is a REBUTTAL. That means your thesis will be centered on how the article fails, and you MUST address the logic and refute it, in order to accomplish that.
  • Your paragraphs should be centered on authority, semantics, and logic.
    • Additionally, use what we have learned about FALLACIES and STATISTICS wherever you can in the rebuttal.
  • Make sure that you review in-text citation for MLA, including the full context of each of the quotes that you use.
  • Make sure that you remember what the stages of full paragraph development are (avoid ending in support).
  • Let your argument dictate the length of your paper. If you need six paragraphs to prove your point, then use them.
  • Use the language of argument, especially in your thesis and topic sentences. Look back to remind yourself just what bias is, for example. Then prove that it exists in the article based on the definition we used in class.
  • Contact me with questions. Come with a completed draft, not a reason why you were confused about the assignment. The drafts and editing are a significant portion of your overall grade. Don’t blow them off.
  • If you cannot make it for the peer editing session, you can still receive credit for your draft (not the editing). However, it must be sent to me by the end of class via email. No exceptions. Don’t send me an email explaining why you could not make it and then check your email the next day to see my reply about sending your draft. I won’t allow you to send the draft the next day.
  • GRAMMAR: Commas are a major concern in this paper. Review chapter 39 in Little, Brown.
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