Beginning Research!


  • Read Chapter 17 "Finding Evidence" (p. 395) in EAA and complete a Reading Response in Blackboard based on prompt #3 (p. 408):
  • What counts as evidence depends in large part on the rhetorical situation. One audience might find personal testimony compelling in a given case, whereas another might require data that only experimental studies can provide. Imagine that you want to argue that advertisements should not include demeaning representations of chimpanzees and that the use of primates in advertising should be banned. You're encouraged to find out that a number of companies such as Honda and Puma have already agreed to such a ban, so you decide to present your argument to other companies' CEOs and advertising officials.
    • What kind of evidence would be most compelling to this group?
    • How would you rethink your use of evidence if you were writing for the campus newspaper? For middle-schoolers? For animal-rights group members?
    • What can you learn about what sort of evidence each of these groups might value - and why?