Strategies for Persuasion Using Compare and Contrast
In Chapter 6 of the text, you learned about different types of personal writing, including descriptive essays and narrative essays. You also were able to use these techniques in the essay you wrote during Week Two. For this week’s assignment, you will be writing a comparison/contrast essay on the differences and similarities between a narrative essay and a descriptive essay, ending with a persuasive statement on which style of essay you believe is superior to the other, based on the examples you selected. For more information on how to write a persuasive statement, please reference Chapter 7 of your text.
Choose one story from the Narrative Essay list located in the Week Two Required Readings section and one story from the Descriptive Essay list. After reading, identify key elements such as the author’s purpose for writing the narrative, the intended audience, and impact on the reader. Compare and contrast how each essay addresses these elements. Which essay is more appealing and why? Keep in mind there is no right or wrong choice here. You are using your reading and critical thinking skills to explain your choice.
Your initial post must be 200 to 300 words in length and posted by Day 3. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond to at least two of your classmates by giving specific reasons and/or examples from the text why you agree or disagree with their conclusion. Response posts must be 125 to 200 words in length and posted by Day 7. If you have questions about how to participate in discussions, consult “About Discussions” under the Course Home menu. You are not required to support your claims with additional scholarly materials; however, should you decide to use additional sources, make sure you properly cite any references.