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Persuasive Audience Essay

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  • Available Dec 4 at 12am – Dec 13 at 11:59pm 10 days

Write a two-page, double-spaced paper, focusing on your audience.

  • Select any pubic issue that disturbs you:
    • It may be a small- or large-scale issue.
    • It may be a campus or community issue.
  • You will direct your writing to someone connected to or responsible for the issue that disturbs you.
  • Your purpose is to persuade the person (or people) responsible to take appropriate action.
  • You must consider logos, ethos, and pathos to persuade your readers.
  • Each body paragraph must start with a topic sentence that tells readers what that paragraph will develop/cover (should pertain to your thesis statement).
  • Each body paragraph should start and end with your thoughts – never research.
  • A body paragraph should range between five and eight sentences – it should never be a page in length.
  • Not only will you include research in your paper, but you must explain, analyze, and comment on each quote, summary, or paraphrase you incorporate into your essay – your critical thinking!
  • AXES:
    • Assertions – statements which present points of view.
    • eXamples – specific passages, scenes, events, or items which inspire these points of view.
    • Explanations – statements which reveal how the examples support and/or complicate the assertions.
    • Significance – statements which reveal the importance of the analysis to our personal and/or cultural concerns.
  • You will never include research without analyzing it.
  • You will always need to show readers how or why your analysis is significant.
  • Your conclusion should not merely function as a summary of your entire essay.
  • You are required to use proper MLA citation format for both in-text citations and a works cited page.
  • You will not receive credit if you do not follow MLA citation guidelines.
  • If you plagiarize ANY part of the essay, you will not receive credit.
  • Must include a minimum of 2 acceptable outside sources (NEVER Wikipedia)
  • Academic databases for example
  • Use the databases available through the online library: https://berkeleycitycollege.libguides.com/friendly…

Sample Thesis Statements

  1. All registered voters in the United States must elect officials who will replace the Electoral College with the Popular Vote, because the Electoral College is undemocratic, it discourages voting, and it is outdated.
  2. Tip culture in the U.S. has always been exploitative, particularly against people of color and women; therefore, food industry leaders should adopt alternative pay structures which fairly compensate restaurant workers, enabling them to have bargaining power over their wage earnings.


  • Times New Roman, 12pt. font, double spaced.
  • No extra spacing allowed – at the beginning of the essay or between paragraphs
  • No headers or footers