RWS 200 Paper #1 Prompt
Assignment goal: Articulating and evaluating how an argument persuades a specific audience
For this paper, you will write in response to the article by Kevin Carey, “Why Do You Think They’re Called For-Profit Colleges?” Your goal is to write a formal essay of four to five pages in which you construct an account of the argument this text makes and evaluate its effectiveness. There are three main components here:
Based on our classwork, you understand that all texts, including Carey’s text, are written for specific audiences, people in a certain time and place and who have particular knowledge and values. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of the text, you will need to explain the clues in the text that demonstrate who Carey’s intended audience is. You should consider how the text is constructed to appeal to this audience. You may want to consider questions such as the intended reader’s age, education, economic class, values and beliefs, as well as what they already know about education.
You should write your paper with an intended audience as well. You should envision your audience as an academic reader in the field of rhetorical studies, one who is familiar with the broad outlines of the arguments regarding American education, but who is not familiar with this particular text. The paper should also meet the expectations of this academic audience as outlined below.
Highly successful papers will: