Nalysis of Effective Persuasion in Thoreaus Resistance to Civil Government”
Your assignment is to write an essay addressed to your instructor that explains how and why Thoreaus essay is an instance of effective persuasive writing.
The essay should be about 1,000 to 1,500 words–four to six double-spaced pages. Its topic is how Thoreau effectively uses the principles of persuasion you have studied. Its purpose is to persuade your instructor that you are increasingly skilled at understanding and recognizing how to persuade. The essay should have a point–a thesis statement of some sort that summarizes what you have learned from analyzing Thoreaus writing about effective persuasion using theoretical terms you have developed from your study of rhetorical theory. But, again, its purpose–in the quality of both the analysis and its presentation in your essay-is to persuade your instructor that you can explain and practice effective persuasion. In effect, this essay should build upon the essays you submitted in your first portfolio by clarifying, refining, and enriching your own concept of persuasion that you are developing here from the study and practice of rhetoric.
The essay should be correctly written and, again, should document your sources simply but clearly by mentioning the name of the source in the sentence and including the page number in parentheses, either within the sentence or at its end–whichever location is the most clear. The essay need not have a title, but should have your identifying information at the beginning and should clearly introduce its purpose, its content, and its structure in the first few sentences.