BOTH PARTS SHOULD BE BASED ON MY ATTACHED WORKSHEET ON THE FILM I CHOSE TO COMPLETE THE ESSAY ON

MAKE SURE TO SUBMIT THESE TEO PARTS TO ME SEPARATELY

PART 1:

You should now create a tentative thesis statement for Essay One. the general principles of thesis statements are as follows:

  • A thesis states your topic and your opinion about that topic.
  • A thesis is the organizing principle of your essay; it is a road-map for your readers to follow.
  • A thesis is a promise to your readers and your paper must deliver on that promise.
  • A thesis is usually debatable or controversial and therefore it is not an objective statement of fact.
  • A thesis is never a question but instead is an answer/conclusion.
  • A thesis comes at the end of your introduction.

You may also want to review the pages on thesis writing provided by Excelsior College online writing lab: http://owl.excelsior.edu/writing-process/thesis-sentence/ (Links to an external site.)

Your thesis for this essay assignment should follow this basic formula:

X (film title) by Y (author) is in/effective (un/successful, un/persuasive, etc.) argument because of Ethos, Pathos, and Logos.

In one model student essay, the thesis looks like this:

Hot Coffee uses a highly compelling mixture of ethos, logos, and pathos appeals to make an effective argument against tort reform. The film employs examples of media bias, expert commentary, and personal accounts to persuade the audience and illuminate an issue with which it assumes many viewers are unfamiliar.

PART 2:

Taking your documentary NOTES (HW#2), you should transfer your ideas and examples into this graphic organizer/outline. Please read over the instructions and advice included on the worksheet. I will be checking these to make sure you are on track to write a rhetorical analysis of the documentary (rather than a summary and response of it).