PHI-105 Week 1 Persuasive Essay: Topic and Audience Worksheet Assignment

Review the document titled “Persuasive Essay Guidelines.”
Complete the Persuasive Essay: Topic and Audience Worksheet.
You will receive feedback on your assignment from your instructor by the start of Topic 2.

Persuasive Essay: Topic and Audience Worksheet

Part 1: Select a Topic

Choose a topic for your persuasive essay from the list below. If you would like to write about a topic that is not on the list, please list it below within your answer to the first question to request approval.

  • Stem cell research
  • Prison reform
  • Health Insurance/Healthcare Reform
  • Social Media and the Workplace
  • Internet Censorship
  • Use of Title I funds
  • Compensation for College Athletes
  • Net Neutrality
  • Global Warming
  • Marijuana
  • Genetically modified food
  • Cloning
  • Abortion
  • Charter schools
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Globalization
  • Standardized Testing

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  • What is the topic you have chosen for your persuasive essay?
  • Begin thinking about the different issues associated with the topic you have selected, narrow your focus, and take a pro or con position for the subject of your essay. Present a simple statement of your position here. Example statement: Same-sex marriage should be legalized.
  • Give rationale for that stance. (50-100 words. Avoid using emotional reasoning and focus on facts and evidence to help support you rationale)?

Section II: Identify your Audience

Review the media piece before beginning this section:

Answer the following questions regarding the audience for your essay in complete sentences.

  • Who do you intend to persuade with your essay (Audience) and why (avoid naming instructor, friends, family peers and colleagues?
  • What is the appropriate way to address this audience (professional, familial, friendly)? Why?
  • What about your topic is important to your audience? What about your topic is not important to your audience?

Course: PHI-105 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
School: Grand Canyon University

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