Contemporary rhetoric

Write 2​‌‌‌‌‍‌‍‌‍‌‌‌‍‌‍‌‍‍‌​-3 pages that construct an argument using one of the following: a. I. A. Richards’ notion of “context” to explain why there is disagreement over a current political issue. b. Kenneth Burke’s notion of “dramatism” (the Pentad) to explain the motive behind a politician’s recent claim about some issue. c. Stephen Toulmin’s model of argument to explain why you think a recent political claim is unfounded. d. Any aspect of Richards’, Burke’s, or Toulmin’s theory as a heuristic for interpreting a short poem (include the poem). 2. As for Paper # 2, the argument for Paper # 3 should have the following essential elements: • A thesis statement, a claim, or a proposition—pro or con—that deals with the meaning, significance, or consequences o​‌‌‌‌‍‌‍‌‍‌‌‌‍‌‍‌‍‍‌​f the topic. (Remember, this must be an arguable thesis. There must be at least a possible, and preferably, an existing, opposing thesis, which must be stated explicitly in your paper; moreover, the claim must be probable, not subject to certain judgment or a matter of mere opinion.) • Grounds, reasons, or premises that support the thesis, and examples or quotations which support or illustrate these. • An organization and style appropriate for a general, but already interested audience whose members have a reason to take sides on the issue in question. You must identify this audience on a separate page and hand it in with your paper. • A quotation from or reference to at least three academic sources besides your textbook.



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