Reflect: Before drafting your initial post, take time to reflect on the rhetorical situation and the appeal to logos in your paper. Have you given logic and reason enough emphasis? Are you concerned about fallacies in your work? Think about your argument, its claims, and the supporting evidence. Have you developed a logical argument supported by credible evidence?
Write: Utilize your outline to make a list of every claim and all supporting evidence for your argument thus far, keeping an eye on the appeal to logos. Each claim should be written by you in your own words and should introduce a part of your unique argument. Paraphrase or summarize your supporting evidence and include a proper APA-style in-text citation. You may include multiple pieces of evidence for each claim.
List your thesis statement, claims, and evidence in the following format:
- Thesis statement: Write your single-sentence thesis statement here.
- Claim: Write your first claim in a complete sentence here.
- Evidence: Paraphrase or summarize your source and cite it here (Sample, 2015).
- Evidence: Paraphrase or summarize additional sources that support this claim and cite them here as 2., 3., 4., and so on (Sample, 2015).
- Evidence: If you feel the need to use a quote, “add it to the list with proper quotation marks and the appropriate in-text citation containing the page, section, or paragraph number in the original source” (Sample, 2015, p. 22).
- Claim: Write your second claim in a complete sentence here.
- Evidence: Paraphrase or summarize your source here (Sample, 2015).
- Evidence: Continue to paraphrase and summarize your sources for each claim (Sample, 2015).
- Claim: Continue to write your claims in complete sentences.
- In 200 to 300 words, compare your claims and evidence to the common fallacies described in “An Introduction to Logic and Syllogisms.”
- Describe any fallacies you locate and describe how you will remove those fallacies this week.
- Describe how your claims logically support your thesis statement as well-supported premises.
- Be sure to use the correct vocabulary when discussing fallacy: Slippery slope, hasty generalization, post hoc ergo propter hoc, either/or, ad hominem, etc.
- End your post with any questions or concerns you have regarding the appeal to logos, the use of supporting evidence, the role of claims in an argument, or fallacies.
Reflect: Before drafting your initial post, take time to reflect on your closing argument. Does your conclusion reemphasize the important points that you have made in your essay? Have you summarized your main points and rephrased your thesis statement? Do the final lines of your conclusion leave your readers with something interesting to consider?
Write: In 200 to 300 words, share your concluding paragraph. Your conclusion should reiterate the position of your paper by summarizing your main points and rephrased thesis statement. In a final paragraph, share your original thesis statement.
In a separate paragraph, identify and explain the following:
- What is your conclusion’s closing argument?
- In addition, note any questions you may have regarding your conclusion (e.g., rephrased thesis statement, summarized main points, etc.) so your classmates can assist you