COMP 01112 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Pathos

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Classical Argument Essay (1000-1300)
1. Introduction- Create connection with the audience— build bridge is through an anecdote/
narrative that shows common ground/ shared assumptions
Hook get their attention- question
Audience= Skeptical/ neutral- comfortable with status quo
Maybe you have a call to action- but at least get them to change their minds to see/ agree
with your position
Background: How much do they need to know? How much do they already know?
Complicated topic? Not well know?
CLAIM AT END
2. Your position- Your reasons to support your claim— to tell why it is true or why we should
believe it (2-4 reasons)
Each reason gets its own paragraph
Each reason paragraph should start with some kind of transition sentence like the “because
clauses” on pg 64
Evidence- personal examples (for you or people you know); hypothetical situations and
source material (stats, facts, etc)
3. Counter Arguments/ Nay sayers- Enhances ethos- openminded, fair, unbiased (2-4 reasons)
Brings up opposing views before they do
Start with appropriate template pg 3
“entertaining object wins” “naming your nay sayers”
-You can change/reword templates as needed
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