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This research project asks you to take a stand and find a solution to a real problem. Since you're dealing with real issues, it's worth considering how a real audience would react to your argument.
The rhetorical triangle is a model that focuses on three areas shared by many strong arguments.
Logos: The facts and the logic. Which information are you presenting to support your claims? How are you structuring your sources so the ideas build on one another in a way that makes sense?
Ethos: Your credibility and the credibility of your sources. Is your audience able to tell the difference between your sources and your reflection/analysis? Is your research formatted in a way that suggests you're trustworthy and have put deep, serious thought into the topic?
Pathos: The effect your presentation has on your audience's emotions. Is your topic relevant to their lives or how they believe education in America should be?
This visualization of the rhetorical triangle was designed by Chloe Gui and released under CC-BY-SA.
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