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Assignment | Persuasive Essay (Izaguirre): Getting Started

Spring 2020 | ENGL 1301 | Professor Izaguirre

Essay Assignment

Purpose of this assignment:  To practice writing an informed persuasive rhetorical analysis essay. 

Essay Prompt: You are to write an essay on any chapter 22 What’s There to Eat? topic that asks your readers to take action. You must take a position and use the rhetorical devises taught in class to persuade your reader.

Readings:  You may use creditable, academic content from the Lone Star databases. Background and overview information is found from sources such as The New York Times. One (1) or two (2) scholarly articles are required for your rhetorical analysis. JSTOR contains only scholarly content. Using scholarly articles elevates the creditability of your writing.  Check with our librarians if you have any question about scholarly content. 

Please use the SLRC Research Guide. American Food is your umbrella topic for this essay.


Final draft Requirements:  Your final draft should be at least three pages, double-spaced, with 12-point Times New Roman font, and one-inch margins.  Use MLA style for all in-text citations and a Works Cited page. The Works Cited page does not count toward the page requirement.

Criteria for a successful essay include:

  • Clear thesis statement in the introduction
  • Well-developed support for your argument (weave in 4-6 quotes and analyze them)
  •  Logical organization with topic sentences and transitions
  • Well-developed introduction and conclusion
  • Few sentence-level errors (grammar,spelling). Obvious use of persuasive appeals taught in class Please use Grammarly.
  • Be sure to attach the rubric, as shown, to your essay

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