Student Essay Evaluation: Fallacies

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Tahlequah Pierce Professor Westrope English 103 18 July, 2012 Essay Evaluation: Fallacies An essay prompt is an opportunity for students to share their insight on a particular topic in a though-provoking manner. Many effective strategies exist for the student to carry out this task, including sufficient narrowing of a topic, clear and concise explanation and analysis, and credible support. A quality essay should include effective use of three things: ethos, a writer’s credibility; pathos, use of emotional appeal; and logos, use of a logical argument. The essay should also address the prompt, should not digress from the topic, and the writer should incorporate proper diction and syntax, which boosts credibility. In 2010, a student was tasked with writing an essay about which fallacy was most predominant in Hitler’s essay, “On Nation and Race,” for Modesto Junior College English Professor Theron Westrope’s English 101 class. The essay included many things found in a quality essay, but struggled to maintain focus, and suffered from repetition. As a result, the essay manages to be adequate enough that it should receive a passing grade of C, but does not showcase the quality and insight found in an A or B essay. The student’s essay suffered slightly from a lack of clarity. In the first paragraph on page two, the student writes, “Hitler makes many other comparisons like this one, showing that whenever a strong has mixed with one that is not as strong the stronger culture has died away”(2). The student is commenting on a quote presented in the essay where Hitler insists that Germanic inhabitants of America became the masters of the continent because they did not mix with other races. While this may be a valid claim, the student neglects to provide other examples of such comparisons, leaving the reader to assume that this is true. In the same paragraph, the writer writes,

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