English 101

English 101
Essay #2 Argument Analysis: Passing, Cultural Appropriation, and Identity Threat.

Background: In the last few class sessions we have discussed the case of Rachel Dolezal, a white woman, who has passed as black for the last four years—even holding a leadership position at the Spokane, WA chapter of the NAACP. We carefully reviewed the argument of Chauncey Devega, writer for Salon, who finds deep problems with Dolezal’s deceptions. And independently, you have reviewed other sources by African-Americans who have come to her defense, making a case that indignation is an inappropriate response.

At the same time, we have started to analyze the argument process, pointing out when writers and speakers are using logic, audience appeal (emotion), and/or their own credibility (or lack thereof) to persuade their audience’s views.

Task: Comparing two sources on the Dolezal situation (one needs to be Devega’s article), argue which one is the most persuasive. Use your analysis worksheet to evaluate the arguments.

Details: Write 4-6 pages (1100-1500 words), MLA format, in-text citations, works cited page, and include a cover letter. Highlight vocabulary words from the sources.

At the same time, we have started to analyze the argument process, pointing out when writers and speakers are using logic, audience appeal (emotion), and/or their own credibility (or lack thereof) to persuade their audience’s views.

Task: Comparing two sources on the Dolezal situation (one needs to be Devega’s article), argue which one is the most persuasive. Use your analysis worksheet to evaluate the arguments.

Details: Write 4-6 pages (1100-1500 words), MLA format, in-text citations, works cited page, and include a cover letter. Highlight vocabulary words from the sources.