Claim: “The Culminating Project should not be a graduation requirement in the Kent School District.”
Analogy: Compare to scene in film, TV show. Anecdote: Personal story or hypothetical situation. Rhetorical Question: Do you want to work in a menial job with tons of piles of paperwork? Hypophora: What is the point of high school? To prepare us for life after graduation.
Distinctio: When I say ‘potential’ I mean the prospects of me getting a job after high school. Parallelism: Not career project, or life project, but the Culminating project. Anaphora: Projects for my life, projects for my career, not culminating projects. Polysendeton: The CP gives high schoolers an illusion – and superfluous prerequisites – which are dull.
Antimetoble: The CP proves wasted time is time wasted. Antithesis: By wasting time uploading documents for the CP, I am downloading my potential. Asyndeton: The Culminating Project is rubbish, compost, sewage. Allusion: Wasting time working on the CP makes me ponder my potential getting a job like I’m Hamlet, “To be or not to be.”
What makes a good Counterargument to the Rebuttal?
Claim - To function adequately in civic life, students must learn what causes racism. Faulty Assumptions Racism is a thing of the past; therefore, students don’t need to bother with it. Attack the warrant that their POV is based on.
Claim - To function adequately in civic life, students must learn what causes racism. Faulty Analysis Only two percent of all reported crimes are racially motivated. Their analysis of the information that supports their POV is wrong or their information is suspect.
Claim - To function adequately in civic life, students must learn what causes racism. Faulty Values Who cares if students are racist? The values or beliefs that their POV is based on is wrong.
Thesis - To function adequately in civic life, students must learn what causes racism. True but Irrelevant Students are already familiar with racism; they don’t need to study it in school. Their POV is true, but it is not relevant to this issue. Red Herring?
Is it a reasonable position? Is it a popular? Can you identify a specific audience who holds this POV? Is this a reasonable goal? Keep in mind, qualifiers should always begin with “In most cases,” “most people would agree,” etc.
Metonymy: The Committee = The School Board. Euphemism: It = The School Board. Procatalepsis: The KSD suggests students need a graduation requirement to prepare them for the working world. Most graduates do not envision a job that consists of tons of paperwork. Hypophora: Does the KSD really believe a ton of paperwork will help us prepare to get a job? Apparently so. In most cases, uploading documents do not prepare high school graduates for the working world.
Syllogism: My friend Jordan is good at downloading movies. He is working at Staples. Thus, downloading movies leads to a job at Staples. Enthymeme: The result of my friend Jacob downloading free music is he works at Staples. Periodic Sentence: Even though I have completed my Best Works, Job Shadow, JRP, and senior presentation, that doesn’t mean I will get a job after graduation. Cumulative Sentence: I write this essay out of frustration: the Job Shadow, JRP, or the senior presentation don’t prepare me for a job after graduation.
Take out your outline Trying writing a hook, set-up, analysis, qualifier, set-up three different ways using three different rhetorical moves.
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