PHI 105 Week 1 Persuasive Essay: Topic and Audience Worksheet





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. 

 

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, contact your instructor via email to request
approval.









  • Gun
    control


  • Legalization of marijuana


  • Abortion


  • Euthanasia
  • Banning
    books (censorship)


  • Mandatory
    military service


  • Separation
    of church and state


  • Charter
    schools


  •  Same-sex
    marriage


  • Flag
    burning (Does someone have the right to burn the flag of the country? Who gives
    them that right?)


  • Death
    penalty


  • War


  • Prostitution

1)     
What is the
topic you have chosen for your persuasive essay?

 

2)     
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.

 

Section II: Identify your Audience

 

Answer the following
questions regarding the audience for your essay.

 

1)     
Who do
you intend to read your essay?

 

2)     
Are
there clues in this particular assignment about who your audience is?

 

3)     
Do you
have more than one audience? If so, how many do you have? List them. 

This would be a large audience
including, Parents, College Students, Educators, Lawmakers, Health Care Providers,
Law Enforcement and Government Officials.

 

4)     
What is
the appropriate way to address this audience (professional, familial, friendly)?
Why?

 

5)     
What about
your topic is important to your audience? What about your topic is not
important to your audience?

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