1. Assignment


Select one of the following speeches on the student website:

  • “The Morality of Birth Control” by Margaret Sanger (1921)
  • “1992 Republican National Convention Address: A Whisper of AIDS” by May Fisher (1992)
  • “The Perils of Indifference” by Elie Wiesel (1999)
  • President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s farewell address (1961)
  • Theodore Roosevelt’s “Man With the Muck-Rake” (1906)
  • Robert La Follette’s “Senate Address on Free Speech in War Time” (1917)
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton’s “Remarks to the U.N. 4th World Conference on Women Plenary Session” (1995)

Listen to the speech by clicking the Audio mp3 link located below the video player, or scroll below the audio player to read a transcript of the speech.

Write a 350- to 500-word response to the following questions:

  • What are some examples of bias, fallacies, and specific rhetorical devices in the speech you selected?
  • How did the speaker address arguments and counterarguments?
  • Were the speaker’s arguments effective? Explain your answer.

2, Assignment


Final Project Overview


 topic of your choice, approved by your instructor, from the categories on the following list:


·         Affirmative action

·         Colonization

·         Consumerism

·         Culture

·         Drugs

·         Education

·         Ethics

·         Gun control

·         Identity theft

·         Immigration

·         Literacy

·         Media

·         Politics

·         War

·         Technology


·         Another choice, approved by your instructor


Appendix F


Research Plan

As part of your Research Plan, you must draft a research question for your research paper. A research question, which is more specific and focused than a general topic, is the question that you will answer in your paper. For example, if your general area of interest is Social Security, a potential research question might ask, “How might low-income families save more money under a reformed Social Security plan that includes personal retirement accounts?”

As you develop a research question, keep in mind that you will research sources with both supporting and differing viewpoints. Do not select a narrow or one-sided issue that will limit your research; instead, develop a research question that lends itself to further exploration and debate.

What is your topic or area of interest?






In what ways is this topic appropriate for a persuasive essay?






What is your research question?






How is your research question significant or relevant to the wider community?






What background information provides the preliminary grounds for your research?






What are some expert or authoritative sources of information for your topic?





What types of materials do you expect to review for your research paper?





What procedures will you follow to conduct your research?





What difficulties do you anticipate in conducting your research and supporting your side of the issue?








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