This class will delve into academic essay writing in response to op-ed pieces, speeches, articles on historic events and television advertising.
Advertising uses the same basic appeals to pitch their products as some essayists use to pitch their opinions and ideas. Through a of study of television advertising, students quickly learn to identify shallow and superficial appeals to status, social acceptance, sympathy, pity, fear, elitism, and celebrity endorsement -- as opposed to sound reasoning.
Op-ed pieces will introduce humorous, satirical, and ironic elements to essay writing. Historic articles such as the Federalist and Anti-federalist Papers, will be used for comparison pieces, and opinion essays.
The goal is for students to develop analytical thinking skills as they begin actively looking for emotional appeals, fallacious arguments, bias, and omissions in what they see, read, hear and, ultimately, in what they write themselves.
Students will write essays in response to advertisements, Op-eds, opinion essays, and articles that recount historic events. In doing so they will write essays that inform, assert, compare and contrast, persuade, argue, and entertain. This class is graded.
* Class size is limited * Class meets for 1 and 1/2 hours session per week * Cost is $15.00 per student per week, paid six weeks in advance