- What is your Opinion---you will take a position in regard to the issue you have examined--e. g. cooperative learning is the most productive way to teach; children's rights are a valuable concept, or female doctors should not limit themselves to a few predictable specialties.
- What can be Done--Once you have established your position, the next step is putting your opinion or judgment into action. Your stance should lead you to consider the changes you feel should come about as a result of your judgment about the issue. For example, curriculum should be "modernized" to include cooperative learning; the tenets of children's rights should be the guiding principle in schools/the legal system/the family, etc. You will decide where the changes you envision will be most effectively implemented. However, you must also determine the most realistic site for this change as well. For example, you could decided that every school in the country needs to adapt the cooperative learning model, but the chances that this will be accomplished anytime soon are very slim. On the other hand, altering curriculum policy at one school may be a feasible goal.
- Who can get it done--The next aspect of implementing the changes which you feel are important is determining who is in the best position, who has the power, to make these changes. This party will be the audience for Paper #6. You will shape a writing to persuade this person to implement the changes you seek. Therefore, determining and understanding your audience is a crucial aspect of this writing.
[The following information was added from another file because of its relevance to the assignment. It apparently reflects a class discussion or outside writing on the topic of persuasion--Weeden]
A well written persuasive paper controls all three of these appeals well. Persuasion is in is in essence a discourse which combines credibility, rational, and affective appeals.
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