What does it take to go from the purely informational to the persuasive?
Prompt: For your final exam, you must create an ePortfolio in Canvas and create a page where you complete the following assignment: Part 1: Your (best friend, younger sibling, older sibling, future self, or parent) is determined to (marry the wrong person, buy a lemon of a car, take the
wrong job, or move to the wrong city). You are about to have a conversation with this person about their choice. Using your greatest persuasive techniques (incorporating research, pathos, and all the rhetorical techniques at hand), and your knowledge of the person and their motivations, try to convince this person not to do this: How do you approach them? What kinds of words do you use? What mode (direct talk, text, DM, phone, etc.)? Consider your responsibility towards that person, the risk of not being convincing enough, or the possible fallout of a successful
argument. Part 2: Reflect on what kinds of information you privilege when speaking to this person (depending on to whom you’re speaking): Consider how you adapted your rhetoric to privilege certain priorities and/or desires for the outcome based on what you thought would be most effective with this person. If you’ve written Passport Assignments in other courses, consider incorporating from them any relevant ideas that
might be helpful in saying what you need to say. This is not required but will help you to make further connections with your other core courses. Some examples of questions to pursue might be: Composition I: Consider the ways in which you gathered information when explaining higher education to someone: how does this type of information gathering help you to create an effective argument? What does it take to go from the
purely informational to the persuasive? Introduction to Philosophy: How does what you’ve discussed regarding Plato’s cave allegory relate to the notion of being a contributing member of society? How does this connect to the differences through which people see, understand, and relate to one another? How does each individual perspective affect the way someone approaches life decisions? Introduction to Religious Studies: In
thinking about your argument, what role does the idea of “incarnation” play? How does love as a motivation or concept relate to how you put forth an argument to this person? Requirements: You must write at least 500 words. Your should proofread and organize well. Submitting your assignment: You must copy and paste the URL from your portfolio