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Discussion board for Thursday, 1/6

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Before writing, read/view the following:

1. How to Write an Op-Ed:



(Links to an external site.)

2. Video: Composing an Op-Ed. Watch Rachel Kleinfeld’s talk (This is a fifteen- minute talk from a Writing for the Public DU event. Kleinfeld’s talk starts four minutes into the video, following the introduction which you can skip. You don’t need to watch the second talk.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29wveDb1Bs8&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=DUWritingProgram (Links to an external site.)

3. “Why Rhetoric” (Cartoon Introduction to Rhetoric: Posted on Canvas under “Files.”)

4. One or more of the following op-eds about omicron: (Also posted on Canvas under “Files.”):


https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2021/12/28/covid-biden-no-federal-solution-states-control-pandemic/9034179002/ (Links to an external site.)


https://observer-reporter.com/op-ed-omicron-should-not-dim-our-lights/article_d62e521a-64cd-11ec-8372-0f3fb6cb6272.html (Links to an external site.)


https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-12-17/op-ed-averting-a-second-winter-of-despair-with-omicron (Links to an external site.)


https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/22/op-ed-omicron-sidelines-professional-sports-from-the-nfl-to-the-english-premier-league.html (Links to an external site.)


https://time.com/6128506/omicron-covid-19-how-to-fight/ (Links to an external site.)


Discussion Board Writing: Due by midnight of Thursday, 1/6. (Worth 20 points)

Part II. (12 points) Rhetorical Analysis: Skim through the op-eds about omicron listed above and choose ONE about which to write a short rhetorical analysis. I expect you to write at least 300-400 words, although you are welcome to write more if you wish.

Please address the following:

–What is the rhetorical situation (purpose, context, target audience) for this op-ed?

–How does the author use rhetorical strategies—logos, pathos, and ethos—in this piece? Give specific examples.

–What stood out for you about the formal or stylistic features of this op-ed, such as the headline or the author’s structural and linguistic choices (such as paragraph or sentence length, choice of diction and tone, etc.)? What does this tell you about the affordances and/or constraints of the op-ed genre (as opposed, for instance, to the five paragraph essay as a persuasive form)?

–Do you think this op-ed is effective? Why or why not?

Part 3: (5 points) List one or two potential topics for your op-ed. Optionally, include questions for me about your op-ed topic or how to develop it.

Your op-ed can be on any topic that interests you and about which you have a strong position/argument. For ideas for op-ed topics, you may find it useful to look through some recent examples in publications like The New York Times, Denver Post, DU Clarion, or local newspapers in your home town…

https://www.nytimes.com/section/opinion/contributors (Links to an external site.)

https://www.denverpost.com/opinion/opinion-columnists/page/2/ (Links to an external site.)



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