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Published on August 27, 2007

Author: grlucas

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This presentation is the first in a series for English Composition 1. It is intended to introduce new college students to college-level writing.
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Subject, Purpose, Audience Dr. Gerald Lucas

Subject, Purpose, Audience

Subject, Purpose, Audience Assess the rhetorical situation

Subject, Purpose, Audience Assess the rhetorical situation Begin with clear and precise definitions

Subject, Purpose, Audience Assess the rhetorical situation Begin with clear and precise definitions Know what you’ll do up front

Subject, Purpose, Audience Assess the rhetorical situation Begin with clear and precise definitions Know what you’ll do up front Make a flexible guideline

Subject, Purpose, Audience Assess the rhetorical situation Begin with clear and precise definitions Know what you’ll do up front Make a flexible guideline Suggest a direction: thesis statement

All writing is persuasive

Writing Appeals to

Writing Appeals to Reason (“Logos”) Feeling (“Pathos”) Character (“Ethos”)

Topic

Topic General question or concern

Topic General question or concern Must narrow and focus

Topic General question or concern Must narrow and focus Must pick an assertion

Sample Topics

Sample Topics What is one game that is physically or intellectually challenging

Sample Topics What is one game that is physically or intellectually challenging Identify a particular type of dishonesty that is generally tolerated

Sample Topics What is one game that is physically or intellectually challenging Identify a particular type of dishonesty that is generally tolerated What is your favorite piece of furniture

Subject

Subject A problem, concern, or aspect of the topic

Subject A problem, concern, or aspect of the topic Makes an assertion about the topic

Subject A problem, concern, or aspect of the topic Makes an assertion about the topic Contains the subject and assertion

Subject A problem, concern, or aspect of the topic Makes an assertion about the topic Contains the subject and assertion Addresses something unique and worthy

Subject Examples

Subject Examples Chess is a game that is intellectually challenging

Subject Examples Chess is a game that is intellectually challenging Lying is a type of dishonesty that is generally tolerated

Subject Examples Chess is a game that is intellectually challenging Lying is a type of dishonesty that is generally tolerated My footlocker is my favorite piece of furniture

A subject is not complete without a SUBJECT and an ASSERTION!

Purpose

Purpose WHY are you writing?

Purpose WHY are you writing? WHAT are you arguing? (Look to assertion)

Purpose WHY are you writing? WHAT are you arguing? (Look to assertion) ALL college essays persuade — ALL!

Purpose

Purpose States what you’re arguing

Purpose States what you’re arguing States why you’re arguing it

Purpose Examples

Purpose Examples to argue that chess is intellectually challenging because it makes players focus and logically consider each move

Purpose Examples to argue that chess is intellectually challenging because it makes players focus and logically consider each move to argue that lying is generally tolerated because people would rather be deceived than know the harsh truth

Purpose Examples to argue that chess is intellectually challenging because it makes players focus and logically consider each move to argue that lying is generally tolerated because people would rather be deceived than know the harsh truth to argue that my footlocker is my favorite piece of furniture because it contains all my hopes and dreams

Audience

Audience To WHOM are you writing?

Audience To WHOM are you writing? Who would most benefit from your essay?

Audience To WHOM are you writing? Who would most benefit from your essay? What is your relationship to them?

Audience To WHOM are you writing? Who would most benefit from your essay? What is your relationship to them? What is their attention span? knowledge of subject? level of interest? attitudes about the subject?

Audience

Audience Write to those you know

Audience Write to those you know Use language, tone, and style that would appeal

Audience Write to those you know Use language, tone, and style that would appeal Modify your subject and purpose to fit

Audience Write to those you know Use language, tone, and style that would appeal Modify your subject and purpose to fit Do not preach to the choir

Audience Examples

Audience Examples Parents looking for a challenging hobby for their anti-social boy

Audience Examples Parents looking for a challenging hobby for their anti-social boy Men in my church, 18-25, who think honesty is always the best policy, even when it hurts

Audience Examples Parents looking for a challenging hobby for their anti-social boy Men in my church, 18-25, who think honesty is always the best policy, even when it hurts Teenagers who may not understand the value of saving memories

Subject, Purpose, Audience

Subject, Purpose, Audience Suggests focus and scope

Subject, Purpose, Audience Suggests focus and scope Most important part of your essay

Subject, Purpose, Audience Suggests focus and scope Most important part of your essay Write these at the top of your paper for all essays in this course

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