RWS 280 Prompt #2: Evaluating Rhetorical Strategies
This assignment asks you to evaluate the rhetorical strategies that two different texts use to engage and persuade their respective audiences. In “It’s hard to be hungry on spring break” Anthony Abraham Jack discusses food insecurity on college campuses. Sara Goldrick-Rab, Katharine Broton, and Emily Brunjes Colo discuss a similar topic in “Expanding the National School Lunch Program to Higher Education.” Despite similar topics, the two texts have different audiences and employ different strategies. Your paper should identify two rhetorical strategies used in each text, and examine why they were chosen for a specific audience.
To evaluate rhetorical effectiveness, you will need to first provide a brief account of each text’s argument, purpose, and intended audience. Then you may discuss any of the rhetorical appeals and strategies we’ve studied so far, including anticipation of differing views, quantity or quality of supporting evidence, appeal to authority, metaphors or analogies. You may discuss different strategies for the two texts.
Your evaluation of these texts should not reflect your personal opinion on the subject matter, but instead should be based on rhetorical analysis and an evaluation of how effectively (or ineffectively) each text reaches its audience and achieves its purpose.
- Introduce your topic, your paper’s project, and indicate how your paper will proceed.
- Introduce text #1 and include a fair and accurate summary of the author’s argument, purpose, and intended audience.
- Identify and analyze two rhetorical strategies used in text #1.
- Introduce text #2 and include a fair and accurate summary of the authors’ argument, purpose, and intended audience.
- Identify and analyze two rhetorical strategies used in text #2.
- Evaluate the effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) of the strategies discussed.
- Support claims about rhetorical strategies with specific evidence from the texts; introduce and discuss (“sandwich”) quotations.
- Be unified, organized, and use transitions and metadiscourse to guide the reader through the paper.
- Be thoroughly edited and appropriate for an academic audience, with no spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors.
- Use MLA page format, citation format, and include a Works Cited page.
Draft due: Thursday, March 19
Final paper #2 due: Thursday, March 26
Suggested length: approximately five double-spaced pages, plus Works Cited page.
Here are the two articles!
Explanation & Answer
Here it is
This essay is a study of how two articles, “I Help People Recover From Disordered
Eating. Don ’t Give Your Child This App.” and “It’s Hard to Be Hungry on Spring Break”,
both published in The New York Times make use of rhetorical devices to appeal to the targeted
audience and achieve their goals. The first article on disordered eating is analyzed, followed
by that concerning the poor access to food in college campuses during the spring break. This
analysis entails examples from the articles in order to show how these rhetorical devices are
used and then their efficiency is considered.
The article “I Help People Recover From Disordered Eating. Don ’t Give Your Child
This App.” written by the dietitian Christy Harrison is published in “The New York Times”
(Harrison) and targeted to the larger audience, especially to parents who have overweight
children and have the intention of putting them on a diet. She argues against the app which the
brand Weight Watchers- a famous diet company- put out on the market for children. Her claim
is that the attempts to make a child lose weight are very ineffective and can cause other health
issues down the road. She argues that there is a substantial amount of research done on adults
who tried dieting, and the studies confirm that around 90% or even more of the diets fail long
term as people gain the weight back within five years. As far as children are concerned, there
isn’t a conclusive amount of research done until now and the author claims that the studies on
which the Weight Watchers app is built on are not trustworthy.
The dietitian’s opinion is that putting your child on the diet will cause repeated cycles
of weight loss and gain which can harm the child’s physical health. She says that the real danger
to children’s health is not weight, but weight stigma, or fatphobia, as studies find that this can
pose a greater overall health risk compared to a high BMI. Being put on a diet while growing
up is linked to mental health issues such as eating disorders. The author therefore concludes
that forcing a diet onto a child is more likely to have a negative impact on their overall health
rather than help them lose weight. She proposes intuitive eating...