1. Final revision of Sociology Report Brief
2. Toulmin Method of Analysis
Seeing as I just revised my Sociology Report again, I’ll analyze it with the toulmin method.
The claim or idea I intend my audience to accept is that “I believe it (multilingualism) is possessing the knowledge to communicate to multiple different audiences effective and efficiently.”
In order to prove and convince the audience of my claim I underwent a short study observing myself and the different of dialects I can interact with. I present the percentage of time I spent in one day interacting in each of four different dialects. I also created a simple graph that allows the audience to easily interpret my findings.
The warrant I present linking my claim and evidence is simply my interpretation of my findings. I explain that out of four broad dialects the least used was still used ten percent of the time shows the importance of using different languages, even the less popular ones.
My backing piggy-backs on my main warrant by going into further example as to how important every moment of communication is important and how even an instant of language confusion can disrupt an encounter or harm a reputation.
I think my claim and evidence are the start to a great argument, although more evidence would make it easier to develop a better warrant and backing. I still feel my warrant is also quite adequate but provides a poor foundation to build a solid backing on.
3. Rhetorical Analysis of Literacy Ad Rationale
The purpose of my ad is to inform about the insufficient support young children are receiving in public schools.
My audience I wished to reach would be the parents of young children. I feel this can be seen by the text on my ad that reads “What does your child deserve?” obviously reaching for a parents attention.
My stance as the creator of the ad would be something like urgent and concerned. The fact that American grade school students literacy rates is dropping substantially concerns me as a fellow American who wants the best for our country but also as wishful future parent.
The genre is obviously an advertisement. I can also describe it as persuasive or possible a call to action type of ad.
The design is appropriate due to the bright eye catching color and authentic hand drawn aspects. What the ad shows and attempts to say is amplified due to the appearance of being drawn by a child (obviously done on purpose and in no way the maximum ability of the artist).
4. Extended Key Term Applications
- Reference is a versatile term in the world of academia because of its ability to be both a noun and a verb. A reference can be any type of material, not your own, which provides valuable knowledge that an author chooses to use. I’m sure that someone from class, possibly myself, asked “Professor, how many references do we need?” Obviously inquiring about the amount of sources we needed for an assignment. The noun and verb uses of the word essentially go hand in hand. To reference, simply means to cite or to give credit. Confusion can occur when using them together for example, “how should I reference this reference?” Or in other words, “how should I give credit to this source?” While a potentially confusing term, if used correctly one will be viewed, at the very least, as competent. I used references in every project of this course because they are always necessary unless writing about something you are an expert in. In my Literacy Narrative I referenced two projects from students who had previously completed the assignment. The Sociology Brief required me to reference an article that defined key terms necessary to accomplish the project. The Literacy Ad needed information about the American literacy rate, a statistic I did not know, in order to look and sound convincing as well as correct.
- Tone, like many words, has multiple definitions or uses depending on the context. In a literature context tone is defined as an attitude an author takes towards the subject they’re writing about. There are a multitude if tones an author can display, serious, playful, formal, ironic, etc. If happen to hear the “tone” in a gym though, it would probably be in reference to the definition of one’s body or muscles. To avoid an awkward conversation refrain from bringing up the tone of an author while talking to a meathead at the gym. The tone of each of my projects for this course were each specific to their assignment. For the Literacy Narrative my tone was critical as well as clarifying, since I both had to assess my skills as a writer while trying to explain the reasons I did things in my previous works. The Sociology Brief ‘s tone was much more formal and analytical because of its parameters as a scientific study. The tone of the Literacy Ad was much more personal because of my own opinion of the U.S. literacy epidemic.
- An audience is often thought of as the people who laugh on late night talk shows or everyone watching a movie at the theater. In writing an audience is still very a similar idea. Just like in movies or shows the author is writing to appeal to a particular group of people. The audience is just who the author feels will best receive their ideas and the author writes accordingly. Even though I was writing all my papers for my professor to grade the audience of each were all different. The Literacy Ad’s audience are parents of public school students, the Literacy Narrative actually was my Professor and the Sociology brief was meant to target American citizens interested in multilingualism.
- Logos, my personal favorite way to persuade someone, is the use of logic or reason in order to convince someone of an idea. The use of pathos (emotion) and ethos (reputation) are also important persuaders, but if legitimate logos are present then the other two are unnecessary. The use of logic and reason cannot ever be a bad strategy. The project that required the least amount of logos was the Literacy Narrative because it discussed my opinions about how I felt I can improve as a writer. The Sociology Brief and Literacy Ad required much more logical reasoning due to their persuasive and argumentative natures, which came in the form of statistics and personal observation.
- Primary source or resource is a text that was made author that is referencing it. A great example of such a resource would be earlier in the class when each student had to refer to multiple pieces of their own work in our literacy narrative papers. This type of source can be easily confused with a secondary source, which is using another person’s idea to prove a point. The Literacy Ad had no true primary source unless, the hand drawn picture counts. Both the Literacy Narrative and Sociology Brief used primary sources in the form of my previous writing samples and the data I recorded about languages.
Changing my Writing Process
Overall I feel the alterations to my writing process have had the largest impact on the quality of my writing. The way I was required to start in the middle of my Literacy Narrative and explain my thoughts and explanations before developing a thesis, allowed for a free flow of ideas (not being swayed to conform to my thesis) as well as the creation of a thesis that could perfectly encompass my main points since they were there to reference. This process happened again in both of the final projects just in different ways. In the Literacy Ad I first created my advertisement which took a lot of thought about what I wished to display. This prior work made explaining my ad in the rationale much easier to accomplish. The Sociology Brief also required prerequisite work in the form of recording data. The data recorded provided a layout for the paper as well as revealed the argument I intended on making.