This competency assessment assesses the following Outcome(s):
CM220M2-1: Construct logical arguments.
Assessment objective: Create a persuasive, problem-solving thesis statement and evaluate the effectiveness of that thesis using the rhetorical situation and the rhetorical triangle.
In this module’s competency assessment, you will write a persuasive thesis statement that proposes a solution to a problem in your community or workplace and evaluate the effectiveness of that argument using the rhetorical situation and rhetorical triangle.
You will complete a chart for this assessment. Download the file, save it with a name like LastNameCM220Module2assessment, and fill in the chart.
In Part I, you will create a persuasive thesis statement, identify the underlying assumption in that thesis statement, and discuss the common ground you believe you share with your audience. Make sure the thesis is concise (1–2 sentences) and clearly expresses a persuasive argument that offers a solution to a problem in your community or workplace.
Make sure the thesis is concise (1–2 sentences) and clearly expresses a persuasive argument that offers a solution to a problem in your community. Use the enthymeme format (Claim + reason/s).
In Part II, describe your purpose (what is the problem you want to solve and how do you plan to solve it?), audience (key stakeholders), and setting. You will provide details about whom you need to convince to bring about change and explain the community you are writing about.
Finally, in Part III you will evaluate your argument based on the three rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, and logos). For Part III, be sure to use complete sentences and offer specific examples. Aim for 5-7 sentences per section.
You will want to discuss rival hypotheses and how you plan to address them, research you will need to conduct to support your claims, and strategies you can use to connect with your audience. Be sure to discuss at least one source you can use to support claims and to identify a specific logical fallacy your argument could be susceptible to and how to avoid that fallacy.
You will complete a worksheet for this course assessment.
References to sources should be cited in APA style both in-text and on a separate references page. Include a title page in APA format as well.
See the Purdue Global Writing Center Using Sources for further guidance on APA citation and references page formatting.
Minimum Submission Requirements
If work submitted for this competency assessment does not meet the minimum submission requirements, it will be returned without being scored.
If the work submitted for this competency assessment does not meet the minimum submission requirements, it will be returned for revision. If the work submitted does not meet the minimum submission requirements by the end of the term, you will receive a failing score.
Plagiarism is an act of academic dishonesty. It violates the University’s Code of Student Conduct, and the offense is subject to disciplinary action. You are expected to be the sole author of your work. Use of another person’s work or ideas must be accompanied by specific citations and references. Whether the action is intentional or not, it still constitutes plagiarism.
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