Today Eldridge answered a few of our question regarding what we have been doing for the past few week. One question asked was how to approach a rhetorical question. He advised us into using SOAP, especially if the document is a speech or letter.
Eldridge used an analogy to clarify how to apply SOAP:
How to write a speech~~
- 1. AUDIENCE
- What do they want to listen to?
- 2. SPEAKER
- What am I comfortable with?
- 3. MATTER
- What am I going to write about?
- 4. SPEECH
- Speaker: who is speaking/ author
- Matter: what is being addressed
- Audience: to whom the matter is directed to
- Speech: how we address it
He also stated that many of the political debates used paralipsis (a type of ad hominem) to fend of their opponents; discovering fallacies in primary documents is also an excellent approach in rhetoric essays.
Next, we read a passage and began to outline our essays. Eldridge emphasized the need to have a thesis and topic sentence before continuing on to do the essay. After a quick group discussion to approve our thesis and come up with “rules” that indicate a well written thesis, we discussed as a class.
paralipsis: Stating and drawing attention to something in the very act of pretending to pass it over. A kind of irony.
Example: I don’t want to dwell on his drinking problem because that is besides the point.
Example: Lord Chesterfield essay question 1
HW: Complete the CST packet and complete the essay handed out
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