Note: While your opinions are valuable starting points, remember that they must be explained and supported to be convincing to your audience.
- Focus on your position on a narrowly defined language and culture issue which is timely, relevant, and interesting to your audience. Clearly state an overall claim of fact, policy, value, or cause-effect.
- Develop your paper to support your claim with sound reasoning; an appropriate balance of logical, character, and emotional appeals; and relevant, sufficient evidence from your research and experience.
- Organize the paper to accommodate the rhetorical situation. Choose a pattern of organization that not only enhances readability but also makes the greatest impact on your audience given your purpose.
- Write in a style that demonstrates sensitivity to audience, subject, and occasion.
- Demonstrate through all your choices in writing this paper an understanding of rhetorical context (audience and purpose).